Vietnamese Pork Ribs
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These Vietnamese Pork Ribs are perfect as an appetizer, or as a main on for Asian-style meals. Using only few ingredients, the key to achieving this dark and robust glaze is the caramel sauce. Caramel sauce is one of the foundations in Vietnamese cooking, mainly in simmering meat such as chicken, pork, etc, providing that delectable taste and appearance.
Recipe type: Meat
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Serves: serves 4
  • 500 g pork ribs – cut approx into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 shallots – minced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced finely
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  • Splash of water
  • Caramel sauce:
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ cup water
  1. In a large bowl, marinate the pork ribs with all the ingredients (except water) for 1 hour or overnight.
  2. In a deep pan or pot with lid, stir the sugar and water together and bring to boil.
  3. Over medium-low heat, continue to let the sugar mixture boil and bubble.
  4. Keep a close eye on the mixture and when it starts to turn champagne gold color, it is ready.
  5. Add in pork ribs and fish sauce, toss well to ensure the ribs are evenly coated.
  6. Bring to boil.
  7. Add ¾ cup water and stir to combine. Cover and cook the ribs over low heat for 40 – 45 mins, or until fork tender.
  8. Turn up heat to thicken and reduce the liquid, tossing the ribs to coat the sauce.
  9. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve warm.
Recipe by Bear Naked Food at