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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tôm Ram Thịt (Caramelized Shrimp and Pork)

I grew up eating        "Tôm ram thịt" many times a week as it is one of those common Vietnamese dishes. It is best eaten with hot steamed rice and cucumber.  I love the gorgeous orange hue of the shell-on shrimps blending in  beautifully with thin slices of pork belly  when simmered in a rich and savory caramel sauce.
The nice thing about this dish is you can make a big pot of "tôm ram thịt" and store  in the fridge for the whole family to enjoy  whenever someone is hungry. 

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RECIPE: Tôm Ram Thịt

1/2 lb Pork Belly (thịt ba chỉ), thinly sliced
1/2 lb medium sized Shrimp with shell on and head on if preferred.  Make sure to trim the sharp part of the heads and tails.
1 tablespoon minced Garlic
1 tablespoon minced Shallot
1 1/2 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
1 1/2 tablespoon Fish Sauce
2 white parts of Green Onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Annatto Oil
Making Tôm Ram Thịt

Marinate pork with white parts of green onion, 1 tablespoon of sugar, half teaspoon of black pepper and half teaspoon of salt.  Set it aside.  We don't want to marinate the shrimp as this will harden the shrimps.  
Heat the oil in the pan.  Add the shallot, garlic and saute until golden.  Toss in the pork and stir for a few minutes until the curls and lose its pink color. 

Add shrimps and turn the heat to high.  This will cause the pork to curl and give the shrimps the gorgeous orange color.  It also keep the shrimps juicy.  Stir for a few minutes until meat and shimps are slightly cooked. 

Add sugar, fish sauce and annatto oil.  Stir for a few minute at medium low heat. During the simmering process, if it's too dry, add a tablespoon of water to prevent it from burning. Adjust the seasoning to get the sweet and salty taste you desire.   

Ăn Ngon...


  1. Thank you for sharing this dish with us. How long are you supposed to simmer the shrimps and the pork? Thank you! I am making this for dinner tonight.

  2. Hi Anh,
    It doesn't take that long...about 10-15 minutes total.