Caramelized Pork Belly (Thit Kho) Recipe

Experience the exotic flavors of Vietnam with our Authentic Caramelized Pork Belly (Thit Kho) recipe. This classic Vietnamese dish, famous for its unique combination of succulent pork belly and sweet caramel sauce, is a crowd-pleaser that never fails to satisfy. The sweet and salty caramel sauce infuses the pork belly, resulting in a taste explosion that will transport your senses to the bustling streets of Hanoi. Our simple, step-by-step guide ensures you’ll easily create this culinary masterpiece, adding a new dimension to your home cooking skills.

Recipe for Caramelized Pork Belly (Thit Kho):

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  1. 1 lb of pork belly, cut into bite-sized pieces
  2. 1/4 cup of sugar
  3. 1/4 cup of fish sauce
  4. 1 cup of coconut water
  5. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. 2 shallots, minced
  7. 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  8. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the sugar in a large pan over medium heat until it melts into a caramel-like consistency.
  2. Add the pork belly pieces and sear them until they turn golden brown.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and shallots until they are well combined with the caramelized sugar and pork.
  4. Add the fish sauce and coconut water to the pan and let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 1 hour, or until the pork belly is tender.
  5. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories: 450kcal

Carbohydrates: 12g

Protein: 16g

Fat: 37g

Saturated Fat: 13g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 1120mg

Sugar: 10g

Enjoy this delightful Thit Kho with steamed rice for an unforgettable dining experience!

Note: The nutritional values may vary based on ingredient variations and portion sizes.