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Thịt heo/thịt lợn - Pork
Pork is always the most popular meat in Viet Nam. The pigs in Viet Nam are smaller, skinnier, and much tastier.

Tht heo kho trng/tht ln kho trng - Pork stew in fish sauce with boiled eggs (southern dish)
This is a very popular dish in the South, especially in the countryside. You can find this dish in every restaurant in the city as well as in the Mekong Delta.




  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or fresh ham
  • 4 cups water or 4 cups young coconut juice
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

    Salt to taste:
  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup of thick caramelized sauce (See the recipe for this sauce in chicken recipes page.)
  • ground black pepper


  • Cut the pork into pieces (1-inch by 2-inches), rind and all. The rind will give the dish a special taste.

    Set aside:
  • Bring water to a boil and add the meat. Boil the meat for 15-20 minutes and discard all the foam on top. Lower the heat and cover the pot; let it simmer for 30-40 minutes.  When the meat is tender, add garlic, sugar, fish sauce, peeled hard-boiled eggs, and caramelized sauce.   Continue to cook in low heat for another 20 minutes.

    To serve:
  • Serve this dish with steamed rice, pickled vegetable or boiled vegetables.