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Vietnamese-style Spiced Caramel Pork Belly

Bring a taste of Vietnam to the table… with a somewhat surprising ingredient. Get set for fork-tender sticky pork belly that’s enhanced even further with a lush caramel sauce packed with fragrance, flavour and intrigue, thanks to a welcome addition of Angostura Aromatic Bitters.

15 minutes
90 minutes

800g (1 lb 12 oz) pork belly, skin removed, cut into 4cm (1.5”) chunks

3 strips orange peel

juice of 1 orange

1 cup chicken stock

½ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup apple cider vinegar

⅓ cup soy sauce

2 tbsp sweet dark soy sauce

⅓ cup Angostura Aromatic Bitters

1 tbsp finely grated ginger

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 brown onion, peeled, cut into wedges

Asian herbs (e.g. mint or coriander), to serve (optional)


Carrot pickle:

3 large carrots

⅓ cup white vinegar

⅓ cup white sugar

2 tsp sea salt


Nuoc cham dressing

3 tbsp fish sauce

3 tbsp white sugar

2 tbsp white vinegar

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1-2 birdseye chillies, finely chopped

  • Step 1

    Place pork pieces in a large mixing bowl, along with the orange peel and juice, chicken stock, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, soy sauces, Angostura aromatic bitters, ginger, salt and pepper. Mix everything together in the bowl until the meat is well coated, then allow to marinate for 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, for the carrot pickle, mix the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Place a heavy-based saucepan on medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil, followed by the pork pieces, making sure you reserve the marinade. Cook the pork for 5 minutes or until golden brown, then flip over and repeat. Add the onion to the pan and toss until well combined. Pour over the reserved marinade. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour or until the sauce has thickened and the pork is fork tender.

  • Step 4

    To make the nuoc cham dressing, mix together the ingredients in small bowl. Set aside for later.

  • Step 5

    Once the pork is cooked, transfer to a serving plate. Serve with the carrot pickle, nuoc cham and fresh herbs, if using.

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Life is better with a little bit of bitters. It’s time to get Angostura Bitters out of the cupboard and into the spice rack!

Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite. Marion's Kitchen is for everyone who finds joy in flavour and happiness in every bite.

What our customers say

Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)
Very good0%
March 16, 2023

The best!

I have been to S.E. Asia many times…… This recipe is so fantastic! It reminded me of being there… I said, “Wow, this is like eating in a restaurant in Viet Nam”. My husband said, “It is better than any restaurant!”

January 11, 2023

Awsome asian recipes

The most high experience and well shown demonstations of all recipes ive seen as i can cook aisian

October 31, 2022

Perfect !

I’m usually hesitant to cook pork belly this way because I’m afraid the result will be too fatty.

I tried because the combination of the ingredients used interested me strongly, especially the flavor of the orange mixed with the soy sauce and the other ingredients (this mixture made me think strongly of the delicacy of the ponzu sauce).

The result is incredible.

I offered it with plain Japanese sushi rice and sautéed mushrooms.

I will make this fabulous dish again, tasty and rich in flavors.

Pure happiness to share with family or friends.

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