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Thịt heo kho tu/thịt lợn kho tu - Pork in caramelized fish sauce
In the old days the Vietnamese used to cook this dish in a clay pot, and serve it with pickled vegetables, and white steamed rice. You can find this dish everywhere in Viet Nam, from Hanoi to Saigon City.



  • 11/2 pounds of boneless fresh ham
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
    fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup of caramelized sauce (1)
  • 1/2 cup water

    (1) See the recipe for this sauce in the chicken recipes  page.


  • Slice the pork 1/8 inch thick and cut into 1 by 2 inches in length. Marinate the meat with sugar, black pepper, fish sauce, chopped scallions.
  • Set aside for 30 minutes or longer. In a deep pan put the marinated pork with sauce and add water. Bring to a boil, add the caramelized sauce. Lower the heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for 45 minutes or longer. Turn over the meat frequently.  When the sauce becomes syrupy, the cooking is done. Season to your taste.

    To serve:
  • Vietnamese serve this dish with white rice and pickled bean sprouts or pickled green mustard.