Wowsas! It’s already been two weeks into my Whole30 program and damn, I’m feeling pretty good! Don’t get me wrong, the initial few days weren’t fun…but that’s in the past now. Once I stopped focusing on the limitations (really of meats and vegetables are allowed) and thought of all the creative dishes I can make, things got fun, challenging and creative! I have started to explore making different food genres. It’s funny how limitations actually breeds creativity.
This weekend’s recipe was inspired by an Instagram post from a childhood friend, it’s a Vietnamese braised pork belly stew-like dish called Thit Kho Trung. Once I saw the post, I knew I had to make it. Though I never had the dish before, I already tasted it based on the photo and description. I tweaked it a bit to ensure that it’s Paleo and Whole30 friendly, and it’s super easy to make.
Thi Kho Trung Recipe
- 3 lbs Pork Belly, sliced about 3 inches
- 5 TBS Vietnamese Fish Sauce – Red Boat Brand*
- 4 TBS Soy Sauce – Organic Raw Coconut Aminos Soy Free Seasoning Sauce*
- 1 dash, Spices – Pepper, black
- 1 TSP of whole coriander seeds
- 3 slices of ginger
- 5 Garlic cloves, sliced
- 5 TBSP shallots, chopped
- 1 large yellow onion, raw
- 2 stalk green onions, rough chopped
- 6 eggs, hard-boiled boiled
- 11 fluid ounce, Pure Organic Coconut Water (1 Liter) (No Sugar Added)* (add less of this if you want more of a savory dish, more if you prefer a sweeter dish)
- 2 TBSP of Olive Oil or Ghee
- In a boiling pot, boil the eggs and deshell
- Par boil (about 4 min) the pork and drain the gunk
- Meanwhile, add olive oil or ghee to a pan stir fry the onions, shallots, garlic, ginger on a medium heat.
- Once onions start to become translucent, add the pork, fish sauce, soy sauce and coconut water
- Transfer the meat mix and eggs to pressure cooker, throw in the coriander seeds and black pepper
- Close the lid and set the pressure cooker to stew/ soup mode and set for an hour and half. Note, you can also use a slow cooker/ crock pot, you can set it on low for about 6-8 hours
You can serve this on its own, but it goes really well with steamed cauliflower or any side of vegetables. Enjoy!!!!