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Vietnamese Caramelized Ground Pork Noodle Bowl

Vietnamese Caramelized Ground Pork

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course/Salads/Appetizer
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


Vietnamese Caramelized Ground Pork is addicting. Perfect for topping a rice or noodle bowl or even stuffing between a bun, this garlic, peppery, sweet and sourish pork is beyond tantalizing.


Units Scale

1 European Cucumber

2 T rice vinegar

Pinch of salt

1 t of sugar

1 t lemon grass paste (from a tube)

1 lb ground pork or chicken

2 T peanut or canola oil

1 medium onion, sliced into thin slivers

2 cloves minced garlic

1 T sugar

2 T fish sauce

1/2 to 1 t ground black pepper or more (You want to taste the contrast of garlic, sweet and pepper.)

Garnishes: Mint, Basil, Cilantro, Chopped Peanuts, Sriracha, Lime quarters

Steamed Rice or Rice Noodles for 4


Slice cucumber into thin rounds. Combine rice vinegar, salt, sugar and lemon grass in a bowl. Add sliced cucumbers and set aside.

Heat a wok or large skillet until a drop of water dances on the surface and disappears. Add 2 T peanut or canola oil and toss in the onion and minced garlic.

As soon as it is fragrant, add the ground pork and 1 T of sugar. Stir fry, tossing every few minutes for 10-15 minutes, until the pork has crisped into crispy browned bits.

Take the wok or skillet off the heat and stir in fish sauce until completely absorbed. Stir in black pepper. Use a lot!

Mix the cucumbers with liquid into the pork. Spoon over 1 cup of rice. Serve with garnishes and create your own favorite bowl.