Ask any Vietnamese child what food mom makes most often for them at home … the inevitable answer will be thịt kho trứng. This dish is also a classic entree during the family celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.
Thịt kho trứng is a basic home-cooked meal featuring “thịt heo” (pork meat – sometimes pork belly, sometimes pork ribs) and “trứng” (hard-boiled eggs) simmered in a delectable caramelized sauce and served over rice. I’ll be using the traditional duck eggs here. And, to lessen the fat content just a bit, I’ll use the tender meat of country-style pork ribs from Berkeley Bowl. This dish will include fresh Vietnamese herbs and pickled vegetables.