Vietnamese Pork Mince or Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls, depending on how you want to call it, is a popular Vietnamese food dish that everyone loves to enjoy. Consisting of ground pork meat combined with a variety of seasonings, it produces a dish that is out of this world. It’s one of the best quick and simple meals you can ever make.
Vietnamese Pork Mince
Ground pork meat is one of the most popular type of ingredients for people to use. Especially if you have a Vietnamese family. After all, there are so many different ways and recipes which utilizes this type of meat.
One in particular stands out the most as it is a quick and simple solution to making food when you are in a rush for time. Depending on where you are from, it can be known as Vietnamese Pork Mince or Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls.
This dish can be made in a matter of minutes and be enjoyed in a variety of different ways.
The best thing about this dish is that every Vietnamese family has their own personal recipe for this dish. Although most are pretty similar, but they would usually all have a secret ingredient which makes theirs stand out from the rest.
In my family, we love to use lemongrass and brown sugar together. This gives the dish a nice sweet lemony flavor that is absolutely the best (at least in my opinion that is).
This recipe that I am sharing with you all guarantees to give off amazing flavors while also being simple and quick to make. It’s the perfect dish to have for any and all occasions. Once you and your family tries this dish, they will instantly be hooked.
What Is Vietnamese Pork Mince
What is Vietnamese Pork Mince you might ask?
Well for starters, it is a dish that has a few names. Depending on where you are from, this dish can either be called Vietnamese Pork Mince or Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls. Both of which typically means the same thing.
Now traditionally, this dish hails from the region of Asia, primarily Vietnam where this dish is a popular type of street food that many people seem to love and eat.
After all, it’s a really cheap dish as it only uses simple ingredients like ground pork mixed in with a variety of spices to produce a dish that is out of this world. And because it is a dish that is consisting of mostly ground pork meat, it makes it very versatile to pair with any other ingredient.
You can pair this dish with rice or with noodles or even lettuce to make lettuce wraps, the options are endless.
And best of all is that this dish is incredibly healthy to eat. The ground pork itself is rich with proteins and vitamins while the seasonings and garnishes provide some extra nutritional benefits which makes this dish even more amazing.
It’s a dish that the entire family will love and enjoy, and will definitely remind you of the good ole times if you have ever been to Vietnam.
Why This Recipe Works?
- Use of ground pork meat provides a tender and juicy texture that everyone will love.
- Brown Sugar mixed in with the pork helps caramelizes the meat and provides a nice subtle sweet flavor which is extremely enjoyable.
- All the ingredients combined helps create a very nutritious and healthy dish that is very beneficial for the body.
Ingredients To Make Vietnamese Pork Mince
The ingredients you’ll need to make Vietnamese Pork Mince are all easily found at any of your local supermarkets.
Basically, you’ll need the following:
- Ground Pork – 1 Lb Ground Pork
- Garlic – 3 Cloves of Garlic Minced
- Lemongrass – 3 Tablespoons of Minced Lemongrass
- Thai Chili Pepper – 1 Thai Chili Pepper Minced
- Onion – 1/2 an Onion Chopped
- Green Onion – 2 Sticks of Green Onion Chopped
- Salt – 1 Teaspoon Salt
- Chicken Bouillon Powder – 1 Teaspoon Chicken Bouillon Powder
- Brown Sugar – 3 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
- Fish Sauce – 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
- Vegetable Oil – 2 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
- Cilantro – 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Cilantro Chopped (Used for Garnish)
How To Make Vietnamese Pork Mince
Making Vietnamese Pork Mince / Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls is a really simple and fast thing to do.
Basically, the process to make Vietnamese Pork Mince is as follows:
Making Vietnamese Pork Mince
Grab a large wok and pour some oil into it over medium-high heat.
Once the oil is hot enough, add in your minced garlic, lemon grass and Thai chili peppers. Stir it around for a few seconds until fragrant.
Then add in your chopped onions and stir everything until the onions have become soft, translucent, and fragrant.
Now add in your ground pork meat and break it apart using a spatula. Then continue to stir things around until everything is incorporated together.
Once the pork is slightly cooked, add in the fish sauce, brown sugar, chicken bouillon powder and salt. Then continue to stir things around until everything is nicely mixed together.
Once the ground pork is fully cooked, add in your chopped green onions and stir things around for a few seconds. After that, turn off the heat. Congrats, you have just made Vietnamese Pork Mince.
Garnish the pork mince with some cilantro and serve with your choice of rice, noodles or even lettuce.
How To Serve Vietnamese Pork Mince
Vietnamese Pork Mince is a very popular dish that can be served quite a few ways.
In fact, the most popular way is to simply serve it with a bed of rice. Just grab a bowl and fill it with some rice. Then top it off with some pork mince and it’ll make for a very tasty meal.
Another popular way that people prefer to eat this dish is to simply eat it with some noodles. Doesn’t really matter what noodles you choose, could be Vermicelli, could be Udon, any type of noodles will work with this dish.
Simply stir both the noodles and pork mince together and then enjoy it as is. It’ll be one of the tastiest things you’ll have ever eaten.
The last way that is also pretty popular especially in Vietnam is to simply eat the pork mince with some lettuce. And I don’t mean chopping the lettuce up and mixing it together with the pork mince.
What I’m talking about is tearing off a piece of lettuce, putting some pork mince in the middle, then wrap the lettuce up and eat it like a burrito. It’s a really fast and convenient way of eating this dish, but also one that is really tasty.
How To Store/Keep For Future Eating
Storing this Vietnamese Pork Mince / Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls dish is a relatively simple thing to do.
Basically after you are done with this dish and you find out you have some leftovers, simply cover it up with some plastic wrap or store it inside an air-tight container. Then you can store it in the fridge where it’ll be good for up to 3 days.
As for freezing, this dish is also able to be frozen. Basically, store it in some air-tight containers and then place it inside the freezer. The pork mince should stay good for up to 2 to 3 months.
If you’re wanting to re-heat this dish, then it’s a very simple thing to do. Basically all you’ll have to do is to let it thaw out if taken out the freezer or just take it straight out the fridge and cook it over the stove. Once the pork mince is nice and hot again, then it is ready to serve.
FAQS About This Recipe
Although the dish uses a Thai chili pepper, the spice levels aren’t actually there. In fact, when you eat this dish, you’ll hardly even notice that there is any heat levels at all.
By adding brown sugar to this dish, it’ll help caramelize the meat while also providing a hint of sweetness to it.
Vietnamese Pork Mince is a very versatile dish. It can be eaten in many different ways, with some of the most popular being with rice, with noodles or even inside a lettuce wrap.
Tips For Making The Best Vietnamese Pork Mince
- Make sure to use enough brown sugar. This will give your pork meat a nice caramelized texture as well as a hint of sweetness that makes it so enjoyable.
- This recipe typically only uses 1 Thai Chili Pepper which gives off a slight heat that isn’t too noticeable. But if you are wanting it to be more spicy then feel free to add a few more chilies.
- If you want to add a peppery taste to this dish, you can use a bit of minced ginger to go along with it. This recipe doesn’t use ginger as it doesn’t need it, but if you want to, them you can add it.
Vietnamese Pork Mince Recipe (Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls)
- 1 Lb Ground Pork Meat
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 3 Tablespoon Lemongrass Minced
- 1 Thai Chili Pepper Minced
- 1/2 Medium Onion Chopped
- 2 Stalks Green Onion Chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Chicken Bouillon Powder
- 3 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
- 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- Grab a large wok and pour some oil into it over medium-high heat.Once the oil is hot enough, add in your minced garlic, lemongrass and Thai chili pepper. Stir things around until it starts to get fragrant.Then add in your chopped onions and continue to stir things around. Cook the onions until they are soft and somewhat translucent.
- Add in your ground pork meat. Continue to stir and cook the ground pork meat until it is slightly cooked.Add in your chicken bouillon powder, brown sugar, salt and fish sauce. Stir things around until everything is nicely incorporated together. Continue to cook the ground pork meat.
- Once the ground pork meat is nicely cooked, add in your chopped green onions. Stir it around for a few seconds and turn off the heat.
- Garnish with some cilantro and serve with your choice of rice of noodles or even a piece of lettuce.
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