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It all went wrong...but a happy ending!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

It was suppose to be Vietnamese Caramelised Pork which looks like this at My Kitchen Snippets. But a lot of things went wrong during the cooking process and it transformed into another very tasty and delicious dish.

caramelised pork in bell pepper sauce2

Firstly, the caramelised sugar hardened after I added the pork. Some of the hardened sugar was stuck to the ladle. I stupidly added some water. Not a wise move as the pork slowly released its juices (a lot of it!). It became a stew!

Secondly, I thought bell peppers would go quite well with the dish, and would make the dish more colourful, so I added some. But the pork released an amazing amount of liquid during cooking and by the time I managed to get to the consistency I wanted, the bell peppers disappeared! They became part of the sauce - a very peppery and delicious sauce. I wanted the dish to be more presentable, so I added part of the peppers for the sauce and some of them towards the end when I cooked this the second time. Yes, I
cooked this twice in a week, because it is that good.

Lastly, I couldn't find the green chillies I bought. I thought I left them at the check-out counter, but I found them later that night in the fridge, hidden behind a whole bunch of fruits. Anyway, I added my current favourite sauce Sriracha -
delicious! So here I present my version of caramelised pork in bell pepper sauce.

caramelised pork in bell pepper sauce


  • 3 tbs Sugar
  • 700g Pork - cut into bit size cubes or strips
  • 3 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 3 Bell Peppers (different colours) - diced
  • 1 1/2 tbs Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbs (or more) Agave Nectar or Honey
  • 1/2 tbs (or more) Sriracha

  • Slowly heat up and melt sugar in a clean dry pan. Do this over low heat.
  • Keep stirring as sugar melts until it turns golden brown. Be careful as it burns easily.
  • Add pork, increase heat and stir to coat pork. Sugar will become sticky and harden, but will melt as it cooks.
  • Add garlic, 2/3 of the diced peppers, fish sauce and black pepper. Mix.
  • At this stage, liquid will be released from the meat (a lot of water!), try to mix around and melt any sugar stuck on your ladle.
  • Reduce heat, cover and let it simmer for about 20-30 mins. Stir around every 15 mins. Add a bit of water if the sauce dries up too much. The peppers should be disintegrated after this.
  • Remove cover, increase heat and let the sauce reduce. The sauce should be quite little and thick.
  • Mix in agave nectar/ honey and sriracha to taste.
  • Add in the rest of the bell peppers and cook until tender.
  • Enjoy with rice!
I am sending this over to Jenn at Bread + Butter who is hosting this week's BSI - Bell Pepper!

39 oink oinks...:

Bunny said...

I'm glad it turned into something you liked, it sounds so good. My favorite part would be all those peppers in the sauce YUM!

Robin Sue said...

I like how some of my worst disasters turn out to be great inventions. Good for you for making a great big yummy meal!

Claudia said...

This looks awfully good to me. Sometimes it is fun to turn somthing into another thing. That "thinking on your feet" sort of thing. The ingredients have me thinking how tasty it is.

Jenn said...

Well done. Sometimes dishes that come out a disaster end up tasting so good.

I'm going to have a hard time just picking a winner for this week's BSI. Eek! LOL.

duodishes said...

It's what we call a beautiful disaster. Caramelized pork is totally new to us. Love it.

Kitchen Corner said...

Ohhh.. I feel so hungry while I'm reading your blog. It looks very yummy! Thanks for sharing, I shall try your recipe soon as I have some pork ribs on hand. Cheers!

Christina Kim said...

Isn't that the best part about being in the kitchen? Recipes do not need to be followed precisely!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm so sorry to hear that... Anyway, your dish looks delicious!



tigerfish said...

It looks entirely right for me!

Sophie said...


Emile Zola@life said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe, this dish look great, very try it out in one day.

Elra said...

Very often accident like in the cooking process will create a memorable dish. One famous example, Tarte Tatin! Who knows your dish will be famous too, I am not joking. It looks super delicious. And simple enough to make. YUMMY!

lisaiscooking said...

That's so great that you created something new in the process! So fun.

5 Star Foodie said...

The pork looks awesome! The best recipes come out through accidents like This always happens to me - as in coconut sugar instead of coconut syrup, speaking of sugar hardening :)

katie said...

looks good to me. too good...

mycookinghut said...

It looks appetizing anyway!!!

Sam said...

At least it worked out in the end! It looks really good too!

Soma said...

Whatever happened.. it looks good:-) My kitchen would be immobilized without sriracha.

ICook4Fun said...

That is one yummy mistake. I don't mind having it :)Great idea adding sweet peppers and siracha to it.

pigpigscorner said...

Carol: I was glad too. The amount of liquid that the pork released was a bit scary. All along I thought it would be a simple stir fry.

Robin: Thanks =) like how they say - a beautifl disaster =)

Claudia: Thank you =) it was really good actully, I always crave for this dish nowadays.

Jenn: Yeap! I love disasters like this. Can't wait to see the round-up!

chrystal & amir: hehe yeap! Glad it turned out great. I love caralmelised pork, the caramelised sugar gives the pork a nice golden brown colour.

Christina: Yes! You always discover new flavours =)

Rosa: Thank you =) glad it turned out great actually.

tigerfish: hehe luck =)

Sophie: Thank you =)

Emile:Thank you =) This is really worth trying!

Elra: I know! and this is definitely one of it. I crave for this ever so often!

lisa: Yes! It was a bit chaotic in the the kitchen while making this but it turned out great..phew...

Natasha: lol yes...the sugar hardening. I panicked for awhile there.

katie: hehe thanks =)

leemei:tastes great too =)

Sam: hehe...phew..glad it turned out great in the end.

Soma: I just found out about this sauce and love it! So delicious and I am adding it to everything now =)

ICook4Fun: It sure is! But would love to try the original recipe and make it right.

Reeni♥ said...

The sweet and spicy sauce sounds delicious. You rebounded like a pro. It's a gorgeous plate of food!

Leslie said...

Well..even if its not what you had originally planned for dinner, it still turned out amazing

Sara said...

Hey, as long as it tastes good, that's what matters! It looks great to me.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

It may have gone wrong but it looks like it has gone so so right! It really does look delicious-love the glistening meat :)

Pam said...

I think your version looks fantastic!!!

burpandslurp said...

noooooo!!! another outstanding competitor! haha!
hey, way to improvise...that's the true sign of a great cook!

Ellie said...

Your dish still turned out well! Well done!

Jescel said...

so, this turned out to be a happy accident. love it when it happens. your caramelized pork looks soo good, i could have it for lunch! :o)

Christine said...

Although it didn't turn out the dish you initially expected, it's final look and taste were satisfied. Not too bad. It's a wonderful stew anyway.
I like Sriracha~ XD

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This is exactly how new dishes are discovered! Your finished product looks great. And the fact that you made it twice in one week speaks volumes!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Delicious! I want to try this dish too!

Food For Tots said...

It looks great and delicious to me!

Olga said...

despite everything, it looks like one awesome dish!

Vera said...

The dish does certainly look colorful and delicious! I wish all my experiments always end as well as yours :)

Natashya said...

All's well that ends well. Looks really tasty!

Carolyn Jung said...

Some of the most well-known dishes in the culinary world were created by accident. Here's to many more tasty ones to come.

pigpigscorner said...

Reeni: Thanks =) I like all those flavours in a dish! Yummy with rice.

Leslie: Thanks =) Glad it turned out great and this is a dish I will crave for very often!

Sara: hehe yes, thanks =)

Lorraine: Thanks =) It's really delicious and so tasty with rice!

Pam: Thank you =)

Sophia: lol but ur dish looks so amazing esp with the oozing yolk. yum yum!

Ellie: Thank you =)

jescel: Yes, glad it did! I love caramelised pork, the caramelised sugar gave the meat such a nice colour!

Christine: Thank you =) It was very tasty and satisfying.

Shari: Thank you =) hehe I'm craving for it right now!

Little Corner of Mine: Yes you should! yummy with rice!

Food For Tots: Thank you =)

Olga: Thanks =)

Vera: hehe yes, I like colourful dishes. So appetising.

Natashya: Thanks =)

Carolyn: I agree!

Danielle said...

haha this always happens to me when I cook! Everything seems to go wrong and I end up on the verge of a breakdown, but when I calm down and reevaluate everything, it ends up pretty damn great!

Magic of Spice said...

Well it looks like it ended up pretty well to me :)

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