photo: courtesy of gourmet.com
Have you ever seen the series, Diary of a Foodie on PBS? Pretty much every time I am watching TV and flipping channels, if a show has anything to do with food, I will stop and watch it. The episode was on Vietnamese food and the host made this fairly easy recipe using pork shoulder. I posted a recipe for pork barbecue a few weeks ago, and here is another very different take on it. Last year, my Mom and sister and I went to Ben Pao in Chicago for dinner and my Mom got a dish similar to this which was amazing! I am making this for dinner tonight, and I hope it tastes as good as it looks on TV. Cooking meat in caramel sauce is a popular technique in Vietnam; the sweet/bitter sauce makes a perfect foil for slow-braised pork. This is traditionally made in a clay pot, but a heavy saucepan or small Dutch oven also works well. The relatively large amount of fish sauce is important for the flavor of the dish. Serve the pork over white rice.