Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly recipe – Whole30 and Paleo approved

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.

Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly – Thit Kho Trung

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


  1. In a boiling pot, boil the eggs and deshell
  2. IMG_0516Par boil (about 4 min) the pork and drain the gunk
  3. IMG_0514Meanwhile, add olive oil or ghee to a pan stir fry the onions, shallots, garlic, ginger on a medium heat.
  4. Once onions start to become translucent, add the pork, fish sauce, soy sauce and coconut water
  5. Transfer the meat mix and eggs to pressure cooker, throw in the coriander seeds and black pepper
  6. 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!!!!

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