Thịt Kho tộ Caramelized pork, 越式炆豬肉煲 ($12.95) A special dish in which the delicate sweetness of a light caramel balances the vibrant saltiness of fish sauce.
You can have it spicy or not, as it is cooked to order. Quite salty so eat with a lot of rice, this was a Vietnamese way of stretching a little meat a long way.
- The "detailed description" of "salty caramelized meat" on the website reads: "Made in a metal pot so that the sugars in the sauce can caramelize. The pork can be ordered lean, half lean and fat or fatty; also you can order with less or more hot peppers The taste is rich with the caramelized sugar, spices and hot pepper. Slightly sweet and salty with a spicy tingle from the peppers. The taste reminds me of the tasty bits left behind when we would cook pork chops years ago but the difference is the whole dish tastes that good. It is favoured much like many Vietnamese dishes in that it is meant to be eaten with rice or noodles to balance the flavour. Cut up chilies for heat as much or little heat as you want. The inside of the bowl is covered in caramelized sauce that is a delight to scrape off and eat as it is a very intense flavour. This is the kind of dish I want to use some rice to clean out the cooking pot when we have finished the meat so I can get every ounce of this precious food."
- What you get is salty pork in a sweet sauce, which goes a long way toward tempering the saltiness.
- Comes with a large bowl of normal rice. I recommend you taste the pork first, especially the sauce that sinks all the way to the bottom of the hot metal pot. Then for convenience, throw all your rice in and mix well.
- Sweet-sauced pork is tasty but as a dish, it is monotonous.
- Good quantity of pork for $12.95 -- possibly 2 cups or so. If you are a light eater, this could possibly be a light meal for two with room left over for a special drink or light dessert.
- Looks like Starbucks grande size portion. Price for portion on their smoothies therefore pretty decent.