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Caramelized Pork Bowls

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Anne Freestone


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil (I use peanut oil)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (pre-pureed from a tube or minced)
  • 2 tsp fresh lemongrass (pre-pureed from a tube or minced -optional but highly recommended)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or one small thai chili, minced)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  • Heat oil in a large fry pan over medium heat, add onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass and red pepper flakes, saute until onions are translucent.
  • Add pork, and fry until no longer pink, breaking it up as you go.
  • Add brown sugar and soy sauce and mix well.
  • Arrange pork in one layer in pan, increase heat to medium high, and let cook untouched until pork begins to caramelize - about 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix pork up, then again arrange in a single layer, and let cook untouched until more caramelization occurs - about 2-3 minutes. Repeat until pork is as caramelized and crunchy as you like.
  • Serve over rice or noodles with fresh vegatables of your choice.