Vietnamese Caramelized Pork
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
For the Pork
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb. pork shoulder (or pork tenderloin), trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated/chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or minced)
  • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce ( or fish sauce)
  • Sriracha or Thai chili (deseeded and finely chopped) to taste ( optional- use if you would like an extra kick)
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • ¾ cup water
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • fresh mint leaves
  • Chopped unsalted roasted peanuts, garnish (optional)
  • Serve over cooked jasmine rice or cauliflower rice
For the Quick Pickled Carrots
  • 2 large carrots, peeled & julienned or shredded
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare quick pickled carrots by placing rice vinegar in a medium bowl or in a mason jar) stir in sugar and salt until completely dissolved. Add julienned carrots and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let carrots marinate at least 20 min. at room temperature. (or refrigerated for anywhere from 1 hr. – overnight)
  2. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork; cooking until browned on all sides (approx. 6-8 min.). Remove pork from pan and set a side.
  3. Return pan to heat ( add a splash of sesame oil if necessary). Add shallot, ginger and garlic. Cook , stirring occasionally until slightly softened ( about 2 min.). Add brown sugar, soy sauce, sriracha, ¾ cup water and corn starch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer until sugar dissolves and sauce starts to thicken (about 4 min.). Return pork to the pan, stirring to coat and let cook an additional 1-2 min.
  4. Serve pork over cooked rice or cauliflower rice and generously top each serving with fresh cilantro, fresh mint, pickled carrots and chopped peanuts.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe (w/o rice) Calories: 247 Fat: 8.9 g Saturated fat: 2.4 g Carbohydrates: 10.4 g Sugar: 6.9 g Sodium: 67.0 mg Fiber: .1 g Protein: 32.1 g Cholesterol: 89.5 mg
Recipe by Simple Healthy Kitchen at https://www.simplehealthykitchen.com/vietnamese-caramelized-pork/