Vietnamese Caramelized Braised Pork, Thit Kho Tau

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This dish is so simple to make, but you’d never be able to tell by it’s complex flavors. It’s savory and sweet and has a such a deep and satisfying flavor, it’s no wonder many Vietnamese consider this a comfort food, I certainly do. I love making a pot of this and having leftovers. The flavor just continues to intensifies as it reduces. Along side a steaming bowl of rice…foodie heaven!
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Vietnamese Caramelized Braised Pork (Thit Kho Tau)
1.5-2 lb. pork shoulder or belly
1 Tbs garlic
2 Tbs minced shallot
2-3 green onions (white part for marinade, green for garnish)
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ black pepper
1 tsp fish sauce
1-2 cup coconut juice
water
2 Tbs fish sauce
1 Tbs soy sauce
4 hard boiled eggs

1. Cut pork into 1.5 inch pieces
2. Marinate with garlic, shallots, white part or green onion, sugar, salt, fish sauce, pepper for at least 1 hr
3. In pot add on medium heat, add 1 Tbs oil and 2 Tbs sugar and caramelize
4, Add meat and stir
5. Add coconut juice and water to cover meat
6. Bring to boil
7. Add 2 Tbs fish sauce, 1 Tbs soy sauce, eggs,  and simmer for 2 hours uncovered (if liquid is getting too low then can loosely covered)
*The liquid and meat will continue to darken in color as it simmers
8. Adjust seasonings as necessary
9. Add green onions

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