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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Caramelized Pork and Eggs (Thịt Kho Tàu)

Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Thịt Kho Tàu - Caramelized Pork and Eggs

Estimated Servings: 4

Step 1: Marinate the pork

1 ½ pounds pork loin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped red onions

Cut the pork into 1 inch chunks and place them into a large bowl. Add all of the ingredients in this step to the pork, mix it up, and cover everything with plastic wrap. Then marinate the pork in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 2: Boil the eggs

3 cups water
6 large eggs

Pour water into a small pot and turn your stove on high heat. When the water comes to a boil, carefully add in the eggs, without splashing any hot water on yourself, and cook the eggs for 10 minutes. Then turn off the heat and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for another 10 minutes. Use your pot’s lid as barrier to pour the water out and then rinse the eggs with cold water so that you can handle them. Peel all the eggs and set them aside.

Step 3: Cook pork & eggs

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped red onions
12 ounces coco soda
1 cup water
3 tablespoons sugar

Turn your stove on medium high heat and pour oil into a pot. Then add in the ginger, garlic, and onion cooking them until fragrant. Next add the marinated pork and coat it with all of the ginger, garlic and onion. Then pour in the coco soda and add the eggs making sure to submerge them in the liquid distributing them evenly throughout the pot. Then pour in some water, turn the stove down to medium low, and allow everything to simmer while you make the caramel. Pour a small ladle of the liquid from the pork and eggs in a small pan. Then add in the sugar and turn your stove on medium. Now continuously stir the sugar in the liquid until it turns into a light golden brown caramel. Then pour the caramel into the pot of pork and eggs. When the pork and eggs comes to a boil, turn your stove down to low, cover the pot with a lid, and allow everything to cook for another 20-25 minutes or until the pork is tender.

Step 4: Assemble the dish

2 sticks green onions
Pickled mustard greens
Sliced cucumbers
Steamed rice

Plate the pork and eggs on a serving dish making sure to pour the sauce on top. Then cut the green onions at a diagonal and sprinkle it on top of the pork and eggs. Serve this dish with steamed rice, pickled mustard greens and sliced cucumber.