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Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly with Eggs (Thit Kho)

This is a recipe for a Vietnamese comfort food called Thit Kho or Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly with Eggs. Pork belly is braised in a mixture of soy sauce, fish sauce, and brown sugar serve with boiled eggs.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: thit kho, thit kho recipe, Vietnamese braised pork belly
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 688kcal


  • 1 lb pork belly
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup coconut water


  • First prepare all your ingredients. Cut the pork belly into chunks that are no thicker than 1 inch. These pieces don't have to be uniform or perfect. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and add in the pork belly chunks. Boil for 2 minutes to clean the pork belly. Take out and set aside.
  • Next boil your eggs. Add 4 eggs to a pan and cover with water so that there is 1 inch of water above the eggs. Bring the water to a boil and turn off the heat. Let sit for 8 minutes and immediately submerge the eggs into ice water. Once cool enough to handle, peel off the shells and set aside.
  • Now it's time to braised your pork belly! Add shallots, garlic, and some oil to a medium pot. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the shallots and garlic are shiny.
  • Add in the brown sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, and coconut water. Stir and bring to a boil.
  • Add your pork belly back in and lower the heat to a simmer. If the liquid doesn't fully cover the pork belly, add more coconut water until it just covers the meat. Simmer with the pan slightly uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • After simmering for 30 minutes, add in your hard boiled eggs. Let it simmer for another 30 minutes with the pan slightly uncovered. If the liquid does not completely cover the eggs, turn the eggs over after 15 minutes.
  • Garnish the dish with green onions before serving.


Before serving, make sure pork is cooked through before serving. Cooked pork is slightly pink on the inside. If it is not cooked through, simmer for another 15-30 minutes. The finished dish should not have a super thick sauce. If you wish to have a thick sauce, add a corn starch slurry (1/4 teaspoon of corn starch + 1 teaspoon of water)


Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 1373mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg