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Blog in Vietnamese: Video cách nấu thịt kho tàu
Vietnamese people prepare a wide variety of food for Tet (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year). This dish, called Thịt Kho Tàu (caramelized pork and eggs braised in coconut juice), is one of the most popular traditional food served during Tet in southern Vietnam.
It's a slow-cooked dish with the sweet flavor of coconut juice and a beautiful caramel color. It is as comforting as it is easy to make. It's great with pickled veggies!
2.5 lbs pork belly, cut into 1″ x 2″ pieces
3 eggs, hard boiled, peeled
juice from 2 young coconuts
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup of fish sauce
5 shallots, peeled, mashed
Instructions: Watch video how to make step by step here.
Add 1 tbsp of salt and ¼ cup of vinegar in a large pan of water, bring to a boil.
Put the meat in. When it starts to boil again, dump the meat out in a colander and drain well.Roast the mashed shallots on a fry pan until they smell good and turn brown, then turn over and do the same on the other side.
In a large sauce pan set on medium heat, dissolve ¼ cup of sugar with 2 tbsp water. Wait until the sugar starts to turn an amber color. Add meat. Make sure the meat is evenly coated with the caramel. Add salt, pepper and shallots. Pour in coconut juice. Cover, and bring to a boil. Skim off the foam.
Let it boil for 30 minutes, then add fish sauce and boiled eggs. Make sure that the eggs and meat are submerged under the cooking liquid. Cover, and cook for 30 minutes -- or longer, for more tender meat.
Adjust the seasonings to taste before turning off the heat.
Serve warm over white rice.
♥ Here are a few of the tools I used in the video:
Victorinox 8-inch Chef's knife
More video recipes of Vietnamese Lunar New Year food: