Thit kho tau or caramelized pork and eggs is a popular culinary dish from Central and Southern regions of Vietnam. It’s an easy-to-make and comforting meal. It’s also an inexpensive dish that can be adapted to include whatever ingredients you may have on hand. Its savory sweet flavor is sure to appease all taste buds and will have everyone in your family asking for seconds. So, let’s get started.
Ingredients in Thit Kho Tau
* 500 grams pork belly or shoulder
* 3 eggs
* 2 tablespoons cooking oil
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 2 tablespoons fish sauce
* 3 tablespoons sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
Prepare the pork by slicing it into 1-2 centimetres thick slices. Ensure that the pork slices are sliced uniformly. This will ensure that the pork is cooked through evenly.
In a large pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Once the oil is hot, add the pork slices. Cook the pork slices until they are golden brown, about 8 minutes.
Once the pork is cooked, add 1 minced garlic clove and the 3 eggs to the pan. Fry the eggs for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the eggs are lightly browned.
In a small cup or bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 4 tablespoons of water. Once the ingredients are combined, pour it over the pork and eggs. Lower the heat to medium-low and stir everything together. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced and is thick and caramelized.
Once the sauce has reduced, thit kho tau is ready to be served. Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Vietnamese pork and egg braise with a plate of jasmine rice or voila!
Frequently Asked Questions About Thit Kho Ta
Q: What is thit kho ta?
A: Thit kho ta is a traditional Vietnamese pork and egg braise recipe featuring pork slices and eggs cooked in a sweet and savory sauce.
Q: How do you make thit kho ta?
A: To make thit kho ta, you will need to prep the pork by slicing it into slices about 1-2 centimetres thick. Then, cook the pork until golden brown. Next add the garlic and eggs and fry for 4-5 minutes. Finally, add the sauce mixture and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced and is thick and caramelized.
Q: How long does it take to make thit kho ta?
A: Depending on the size of your pork slices, it can take about 20 minutes to cook thit kho ta.
Q: Can you make thit kho ta with other meats?
A: Yes, you can make thit kho ta with other meats such as chicken or beef. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the type of meat you are using.
Q: What do I serve with thit kho ta?
A: Thit kho ta can be served with steamed white rice, fresh vegetables, and herbs. This enhances the flavor of the dish and makes it a complete meal.Print
1 pound pork shoulder, cut into cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup coconut soda
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup coconut water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine
8–10 shallots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for serving
In a large bowl combine the pork, garlic, black pepper, and fish sauce. Mix well, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
In a separate bowl, combine the coconut soda, vegetable oil, coconut water, sugar, and rice wine. Set aside.
In a large skillet on medium heat, add the marinated pork. Spread out the pieces so that they are in a single layer. Cook 6-8 minutes, turning frequently until the pork is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
In the same skillet, fry the eggs until golden and crispy on both sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Increase the heat to medium-high and add the shallots to the skillet. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir in the coconut soda mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes until the liquid has thickened.
Add the cooked pork and eggs to the skillet. Gently stir everything together and cook for an additional 10 minutes until the flavors are nicely blended.
Remove from the heat, season with salt, and garnish with chopped cilantro and roasted peanuts. Serve hot with steamed white rice and enjoy.
For a more intense flavor you can increase the amount of fish sauce to 2-3 tablespoons.
For a spicier dish, add 1-2 tablespoons of chili sauce according to taste preference.
- Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
- Diet: Halal
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 430 kcal
- Sugar: 6g
- Sodium: 1000mg
- Fat: 18g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Unsaturated Fat: 11g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 35g
- Cholesterol: 100mg
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