Caramelized Vietnamese Pork Bowls with Rice and Broccoli

This delicious caramelized Vietnamese ground pork is super easy to make.
With less than 10 ingredients, it is perfect for dinner after a long and busy day.

It's super flavourful, thanks to the onion, ginger and garlic and allowing the pork to caramelize in the pan makes it so much more tasty. It's also gluten AND dairy free so great for serving to guests with allergens.


2 tbsp peanut or sesame oil *
1 yellow onion, brunoise **
1.5 tbsp minced ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp chili flakes
2 lbs ground pork
3 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 C coconut sugar ***

1 1/2 C uncooked brown rice
2 broccoli crowns, cut into bite sized pieces ****

garnish: green onions, sliced thin

recipe notes:
* if you have neither of those oils on hand, olive oil can be substituted
** brunoise is a French culinary term for a dice that is 3mm or less in size. Basically, dice the onion very small.
*** brown sugar can be used instead of coconut sugar. I prefer coconut sugar as it is less refined, has trace minerals and is lower on the glycemic index compared to brown sugar.
**** can use frozen broccoli instead


Start cooking rice as directed on package.

In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium high heat. When oil is hot, add onion to the pan and saute for 5 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and chili flakes, and saute another 3 minutes. Add ground pork and using a wooden spoon to break up the meat evently, allow to start cooking (about 10 minutes). Add coconut sugar and fish sauce to the pan and stir. Allow the bottom of the pan to become dry, then continue to cook for a few more minutes until the pork begins to caramelize.

While the pork is cooking, start cooking the broccoli:
to steam: bring 2" water to boil in a sauce pan. Add steamer basket, fill with broccoli, cover with lid and let steam under slightly tender (~4 minutes).
to boil: bring a saucepan filled with water to boil Add salt to water to enhance flavour, then cook broccoli until tender (~4 minutes).

Add the cooked rice to a bowl and top with the caramelized vietnamese pork and broccoli pieces.
Serves 4-6


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