Vietnamese caramel pork bowls

Two blue bowls of meat, tomato and cucumber on rice on a round light brown mat with chopsticks. Tomatoes and nuts around them.
Perfect for weeknights dinner, this Vietnamese caramel pork recipe is great. It is super easy and quick to make, budget friendly and tastes amazing! Serve with cut tomatoes & cucumber like the street food cooks do. Fun!

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 4 people


  • 500 g pork mince
  • 2 tbsp Olivado extra virgin peanut oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 small red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

To serve

  • 4 portions steamed Jasmine rice
  • 4 tomatoes sliced
  • ½ cucumber sliced
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 1 red chilli sliced
  • ¼ cup FreshLife natural peanuts lightly toasted and crushed


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Fry the onion, ginger, garlic and chili for 2 minutes.
  • Add the pork mince and fry, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until all the meat changes colour.
  • Sprinkle the sugar and fish sauce over the pork. Stir a few times, then leave to cook until most of the juices evaporate and the mince starts to caramelise. Stir and leave to cook again. Repeat the process for a few minutes until the pork is caramelised all over.
  • Serve on steamed jasmine rice topped with tomato, cucumber, spring onions, chilli and peanuts.
Keyword dairy free, gluten free
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