Caramelized Pork

We have a big family so we are always in search for delicious restaurants or recipes that the kids would also like. Filipino food is really good but we also love other Asian food specially since our move here in Texas, we still haven't found authentic Vietnamese restaurant that serves home-cooking style food. When I think of something new and a delicious recipe, my to-go website is RecipeTin Eats. This website have a lot of delicious Asian recipes that makes my mouth water.

Today I made this Caramelized Pork, a Vietnamese recipe that is easy to make at your own home. It is so tender and delicious and best when served over plain rice. A perfect balance of salt from fish sauce and brown sugar gives this dish an incredible taste and full of flavor in every bite. The sauce is so addicting savory and sweet.

Boneless pork butt is slow-cooked in coconut water, fish sauce and brown sugar until sauce reduces and it transforms into a sweet and glossy wonder. A delicious pork recipe that will make you eat more and more. This dish is a Vietnamese comfort food and incredibly easy to make and reminds me of our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Garden Grove, CA.

If you like sweet dishes then this recipe is a must try using few and basic ingredients. Make this recipe and share with family and friends. Save this Caramelized Pork recipe or Pin It for later. Don't forget to check other Asian recipes below.


  • 2 lbs pork butt or belly, cut into 2 inches cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/3 tsp ground pepper
  • green onions and red chili flakes for garnishing


  1. In a large pot, place water, sugar, and cook over medium heat. Stir until sugar is melted and looks like caramel. 
  2. Add pork, coconut water, fish sauce, garlic and ground pepper. Stir and adjust heat to simmer over medium-low heat stirring occasionally. 
  3. Simmer uncovered for about an hour or more until liquid starts to reduce down and pork is fork tender. Add more water if needed. 
  4. Stir and the pork will brown and caramelized in the fat. Continue to cook until all liquid is gone and the sauce is stuck on the pork pieces. 
  5. Transfer in a serving dish and garnish with chili flakes and chopped green onions. Serve over steamed rice and pickled vegetables. I had it with my home-made acharang labanos so delicious! Enjoy! 

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