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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Now Everyone Can Cook Vietnamese!

Asian Food Fest blogging event is featuring Indochina this month. It is a path that i have never treaded on, both real land and in the kitchen except for one Vietnamese style chicken dish that was really popular in the blogsphere some time back.  I found this really simple and homey type of chicken dish to start rolling out some vietnamese flavor for this month.  This is something everyone can make, i assure you :)

Easy peasy stuff, just throw everything in a pot and you are in for a delicious chicken dish in 30 minutes.  Just make sure you keep an eye on it and not burn the dish.   I find the taste quite similar to the chinese version of chicken braised with ginger.  Tasty, went well with rice.

Recipe-Ga Kho Gung (Vietnamese Braised Chicken with Ginger)

  • Nuoc Mau (Vietnamese Caramel Sauce) - Replaced with 3 tbsp Indonesian Kecap Manis
  • 4 pieces of chicken, preferably thighs, cut into two-inch chunks if you wish - half a medium size chicken
  • 2 shallots or 1 small onion, diced small
  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2-inch knob of ginger, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce), or more according to taste - 2 tbsp 
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and mix everything up.
  2. Cook on medium heat until chicken is cooked, the liquid starts reducing and a thick caramel sauce is formed.
  3. Serve hot!
I did not make Nuoc Mau which is essentially a thick caramel sauce and said to be a basic ingredient for many Vietnamese braised dishes.   I chose the option of using Kecap Manis since i have it on hand.  Here's the link for making Nuoc Mau if you would like to make the dish more authentic.

"I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest - Indochina hosted by Kelly Siew Cooks."


This chicken dish sounds easy on ingredients yet I can see it turn out to be tasty dish. And much more is, so good for those need to whip out a quick dish in 30 min.

They will go well with ice cold beer too :-)) Delicious!

Hi LHB, didn't know that this is a Vietnamese dish. I used to cook this but minus the fish sauce. My family members never get tired of this dish no matter how often I cook it. Will try this your version, adding the fish sauce. Am sure this is very yummylicious. Have a great weekend and cheers :

Looks delicious! I love Thai food, this reminds me I should look for some good curry recipes. :)

I love the idea of throwing all the ingredients together and out came the delicious dish! Easy! Thanks for sharing.

What a simple but delicious recipe! Thank you for your submission!

Love the ingredients used to cook this Vietnamese style chicken. They must be very fragrant :D

Hi, a friend working in Vietnam told me most Vietnamese dishes/noodles comes with fish sauce, fresh vegetables and lime juice. I believe this chicken dish tastes good with the fish sauce, ginger and black pepper. Easy to cook, maybe can use a slow cooker too.

Wow it sounds delicious.

this is even simpler than our chinese version of ginger chicken, this just throw everything in a pot and cook ! Not sure abt the viet caramel sauce but fish sauce sounds like a nice ingredient to put in :)

Didn't know Viet also has this dish that is similar to chinese. I guess the cross culture works into the food too.

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