Thịt Luộc Chấm Tương Recipe

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Boiled pork belly with garlic sauce is a health-giving Vietnamese dish anyone can make with absolute ease. Featuring tender pork slices and a flavorsome sauce packed with flavor, it’s a recipe that, despite its simplicity, will leave you wanting more.

Cooking can be a chore sometimes, especially on busy days, and this easy-to-make dish is a true life savior every time. With just a few simple ingredients and about 30 minutes, you’ll be able to cook up a full meal that can fill up a whole family. No wonder it has been a staple in Asian cuisine for so long!

Scroll down to learn the perfect recipe for making boiled pork belly with garlic sauce at home!

Boiled Pork Belly

Why This Recipe Works

If you haven’t tried boiled pork belly with garlic sauce before, here are some reasons that will convince you to do so:

  • Super quick and easy to make: Cooking this recipe is a cakewalk, even if you aren’t that skilled in the kitchen yet. All you have to do is prepare a pot of hot water, toss in the pork, and wait for it to cook. Then, whip up the garlic sauce, which takes less than 5 minutes!
  • Incredibly delicious: As long as you follow this recipe, your pork will be super tender and juicy. Moreover, the garlic sauce makes for an impeccable dip, adding tons of flavor to the overall mild-tasting boiled meat.
  • Healthy and filling: Boiling is a fat-free cooking technique, meaning that your food will be low in calories. Besides, it’s also filling enough to serve as a main dish for any family meal.

Tools

Before jumping to the recipe, check this tool list to ensure that you have all the necessary kitchenware.

  • Knife and chopping board: For slicing the pork.
  • Pot: Helps you boil the pork.
  • Tongs: For transferring the ingredients in and out of the pot.
Tongs For Transferring Ingredients

Ingredients

Now that you’ve prepared the needed tools, it’s time to purchase the following ingredients.

  • Pork belly: I like to use boneless and skin-on pork belly. You can also go for pork shoulder, which is leaner.
  • For adding to the boiling water: Leek, ginger, onion, and white wine.

For the Sauce

  • Soy sauce: The base for the dipping sauce. Soy sauce has a dark color and a salty, umami, and slightly sweet taste.
  • Vinegar: Adds tangy notes to the sauce, which brightens it up and balances the flavor.
  • Vietnamese scallion and oil garnish: One of my favorite garnishes in Asian cuisine. It brings a little fatty touch to the sauce.
  • Spices and seasonings: Garlic, sugar, and chili pepper.

For Serving

  • Vermicelli noodles: Asian vermicelli noodles made from rice flour are the best choice.
  • Herbs and vegetables: Vietnamese balm, beefsteak plant, peppermint, fish mint, cucumber.

Directions

Here is a simple recipe for making boiled pork belly and a mouth-watering garlic dipping sauce.

Step 1: Prepare The Ingredients

Wash the pork belly and vegetables. Then, drain and set them aside.

Add 1 teaspoon of salt to a pot of water, then blanch the pork for 30 seconds to 1 minute over medium heat.

Wash Pork Belly And Vegetables

Note

This step is crucial for removing impurities and odor from the meat.

Step 2: Boil The Pork Belly

Dispose of the water you used to blanch the pork and fill the pot with new water.

Add the leek, onion, ginger, and white wine to the pot. Boil the water for 5 minutes to infuse it with herbs and spices.

Add Leek Ginger And White Wine

Next, put the pork in the pot and boil it for 30 minutes.

Put The Pork In The Pot

Note

You should cover the pot to ensure the meat is cooked thoroughly.

After cooking the pork, transfer it to an ice bath or cold water, which improves the texture and color and prevents browning.

Transfer Pork To Cold Water

Step 3: Make The Sauce

Start by adding the Vietnamese scallion and oil garnish to a saucepan.

If you don’t have this garnish on hand, heat some oil in the pan and add chopped scallions. Then, stir in some minced garlic and fry them until fragrant.

Next, pour in the soy sauce, sugar, chili pepper, and vinegar. Stir well until the sauce boils, then cut the heat.

Pour In The Soy Sauce

Step 4: Cut The Pork

Place the boiled pork belly on a chopping board and cut it into thin slices. Arrange the pork pieces on a plate.

Cut The Boiled Pork Belly

Step 5: Serve The Dish

Serve the boiled pork with a plate of vegetables and herbs and a bowl of dipping sauce on the side.
You can enjoy this dish with vermicelli noodles, which is also the way that I like best. Bundle together some pork, herbs, and noodles. Dip them in the sauce and take a bite!

Serve The Boiled Pork

In addition, you can also wrap them in rice paper, similar to how you make Vietnamese fresh spring rolls. The dish tastes great both ways, so don’t hesitate to try them out!

How To Store The Leftovers

Another thing that I love about this dish is how it is to store the leftovers. Simply put the pork in an airtight food container, then place it in the fridge, and you’re good to go. Your boiled pork will last for about 3 days.

In addition, you can also freeze it for about 3 months. Before freezing, remember to transfer it into a freezer-safe container first. To reheat, you can pop the pork in a microwave or briefly cook it on medium-low heat.

Store The Leftovers

Ways To Switch Up The Recipe

When you’ve mastered this version of boiled pork and garlic sauce, you can also try out the following variations of the dish.

  • Use skinless pork: While I enjoy the crispy, slightly chewy skin of boiled pork, some people might want to remove it, as it is the most calorie-dense part.
  • Serve it with Vietnamese dipping sauce (Nuoc Cham): This dip uses fish sauce as the base and is infused with spices, giving it a savory, sweet, and spicy taste.
  • Try out fermented shrimp paste: For people that want something truly unique, you can dip the boiled pork in fermented shrimp paste, which is what the Vietnamese use in their iconic Bun Dau Mam Tom. Note that this ingredient has a really intense flavor profile, so you should dilute it a little first.
  • Add some crushed peanuts: Peanuts bring an earthy and nutty flavor to the dish. They go well with vermicelli noodles, too.
  • Add more chili pepper or chili oil to the sauce: If you’re a fan of spicy dishes, feel free to spice up the sauce!
  • Serve the pork with other side dishes: Steamed rice, sauteed or stir-fried vegetables, and vegetable salad are all great side dish options.
Switch Up The Recipe

FAQs

In this part, I’ve gathered a number of commonly asked questions about today’s dish. Give them a quick read!

Yes, you can make this recipe and store it in a fridge for about 3 days.

There are some chili peppers in the sauce, so it is slightly spicy. But you can adjust the level of spiciness to your liking.

Yes, you can also use pork shoulder or pork loin. That said, pork belly is by far the most popular cut.

I like using white vinegar the best. You can also go for rice wine vinegar or black vinegar.

Tasty And Healthy – A Flawless Combination

Boiled pork belly with garlic sauce is a healthsome and delectable recipe for when you’re tired of greasy treats. Since the cooking process involves no oil, you’ll be able to cut down on a lot of calories. Yet, it’s still satisfying enough to be a complete meal.

How do you find today’s post? What’s your favorite sauce to pair with boiled pork belly? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please leave a comment! Lastly, don’t forget to like and share the recipe so that more people can know about it. Have fun cooking, and see you on other yummy dishes!

Boiled Pork Belly With Garlic Sauce Recipe

Easy Boiled Pork Belly With Garlic Sauce Recipe

Boiled pork belly with garlic sauce is a yummy and easy recipe to make at home. The sauce has tons of flavor and pairs so well with the tender pork that you can’t help but crave more!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1433kcal

Ingredients

Main ingredients

  • 1.1 pounds pork belly
  • Leek
  • A few ginger slices
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon white wine

For the sauce

  • 5.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 0.35 ounces minced garlic
  • 5 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Chili pepper
  • Vietnamese scallion and oil garnish

For serving

  • 1.8 pounds vermicelli noodles
  • Herbs and vegetables: Vietnamese balm, beefsteak plant, peppermint, fish mint, cucumber.

Instructions 

  • Wash the pork belly and vegetables. Then, drain and set them aside.
  • Add a little salt to a pot of water, then blanch the pork for 30 seconds to 1 minute over medium heat.
    Wash Pork Belly And Vegetables
  • Dispose of the water that you used to blanch the pork and fill the pot with new water.
  • Add the leek, onion, ginger, and white wine to the pot.
  • Boil the water for 5 minutes to infuse it with herbs and spices.
    Add Leek Ginger And White Wine
  • Put the pork in the pot and boil it for 30 minutes.
    Put The Pork In The Pot
  • After cooking the pork, transfer it to an ice bath or cold water.
    Transfer Pork To Cold Water
  • Add the Vietnamese scallion and oil garnish to a saucepan.
  • Stir in some minced garlic and fry them until fragrant.
  • Pour in the soy sauce, sugar, chili pepper, and vinegar.
  • Stir well until the sauce boils, then cut the heat.
    Pour In The Soy Sauce
  • Place the boiled pork belly on a chopping board and cut it into thin slices.
  • Arrange the pork pieces on a plate.
    Cut The Boiled Pork Belly
  • Serve the boiled pork with a plate of vegetables and herbs and a bowl of dipping sauce on the side.
    Serve The Boiled Pork

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Notes

  • The total time is enough to make 4 servings.
  • Always blanch the pork before boiling it since this step gets rid of the odor and impurities.
  • You should cover the pot to ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly.

Nutrition

Calories: 1433kcal | Carbohydrates: 178g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1797mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg
Richie

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Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Program: Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Focus: Vietnamese and Asian cuisines with intensive training and hands-on approach.

Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Focus: Basic knowledge on how to store, preserve and select ingredients, and practice cocktails, mocktails, hot and cold drinks.

Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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