Vegetable Dip with Caramelized Fish Sauce - Mắm kho quẹt

By Helen Le Published: December 5, 2013

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Ready In: 50 mins

  • Yield: 4 Servings

A very simple, easy and inexpensive dish but could bring back tons of memories for those who have lived through the poverty and difficult years of Vietnam. Nowadays it has become a stylish and trendy specialty of many luxurious restaurants.

  • In a bowl, combine the fish sauce, sugar and chicken stock. Stir well to dissolve.
  • Heat a claypot (or a small saucepan/ pan with thick bottom) on medium high. Add the diced pork fat and stir occasionally to render the fat. When the fat is rendered, remove the pork rinds and set aside, keeping the liquid fat in the claypot. (You can skip this step and use 1 tbsp vegetable oil instead)
  • Add shallot, garlic and sautế until fragrant. Add dried shimps and pork. Stir-fry intil the pork is no longer pink. Then add the sauce mix, chili and pepper.
  • Simmer on medium low, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens and gets caramelized. Add more freshly cracked pepper and the pork rind on top.
  • Boil the okra and bitter melon for 4-5 minutes. Quickly blanch the other vegetables for 1-2 minutes.
  • Arrange the vegetable around a large platter. Place the claypot in the center. To serve, dip the vegetable in the sauce and serve hot with hot steamed rice.