Caramel Pork

Caramel Pork

Sweet, savoury & slightly spicy, this caramel pork is prepared and cooked in just minutes and is perfect served with sticky rice or stir-fried rice noodles.

Caramel Pork
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Street Food, Asian
Servings: 1 portion
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 heaped tablespoon soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 150 grams pork mince
  • 1 teaspoon Gochugaru (Korean red pepper powder)
  • 1 spring onion finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds see notes
  1. In a bowl, add light soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and water.  Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over a medium-high heat.  Add the chopped shallots and stir-fry for 30 seconds.  Add the crushed garlic and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds.

  3. Add the pork mince and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until browned.  Add the prepared sauce, mix well and spread the pork out in the pan.  Allow to cook untouched for 2 minutes.

  4. Stir the pork well and, spread the pork out in the pan again and allow to cook untouched for a further 2 minutes or until slightly caramelised.  Add the red pepper powder, mix once more and switch off the heat.

  5. Pour the caramel pork into a serving bowl and garnish with spring onions & toasted sesame seeds.  Serve with sticky rice or stir-fried rice noodles.

Recipe Notes

Toasted sesame seeds:  Heat a dry wok or frying pan over a medium heat.  Add the sesame seeds and stir-fry in the dry pan for 1-2 minutes or until the seeds turn golden and a nutty aroma fills the air.

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