Thit Heo Chien 2
Thịt Heo Chiên Nước Mắm


Thịt Heo Chiên Nước Mắm (Fried Pork with Fish Sauce)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Katie Le | Katie’s Test Kitchen



  • 1 to 1.5 lbs of boneless pork sirloin roast (can use pork shoulder/butt, tenderloin or ham
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp of tapioca flour
  • 2 tbsp of all purpose flour
  • cooking oil
  • watercress (wash, trimm and set on a plate)
  • large zip lock bag

Sauce (mix well and cater to your taste, sauce is bold and on the sweeter side)

  • 1/4 cup of good fish sauce (I used Red Boat) – If your fish sauce is on the really salty side, add 1 to 2 tbsp of water to the mixture
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • Pepper (red or green Thai chili, jalapeno or use both like I did!)


  1. Cut pork into desired size, about 1/2 inch thick.  I cut mine similar to pork chops. Pat dry and set aside.
  2.  In a large zip lock bag, add the 3 types of flour and mix well.  If more flour is needed you can add more using a 1-1-1 ratio.
  3. Add pork and close zip lock.  Shake to give pork an even coat of flour.
  4. In a deep pan, heat up enough cooking oil to be able to submerge pork.
  5. Once the oil is hot, pull pork out of the zip lock bag, shake to remove excess flour and slowly add to the hot oil pan.  Let it fry to slightly golden (about 3 minutes or so) then carefully flip to the other side.
  6. Remove pork and place on a plate with paper towels to help absorb some of the excess oil.  Gently dip pork into fish sauce mixture and place on the bed of watercress.  Drizzle extra fish sauce on top to your liking!

8 Comments on “Thịt Heo Chiên Nước Mắm (Fried Pork with Fish Sauce)”

    • Hi Thuy, I don’t recommend using the air fryer for the initial frying. This is because of the dry rub. From experience the air fryer makes it very tough/hard. You can, however, use the air fryer to heat up the wings to crispiness before serving. I’d oil fry the pork first and set aside. Once ready to serve, heat up using air fryer at 400 for 3 to 5 minutes. Then dip them in the sauce. It’s great for big party.

      • Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe! My non-Asian husband said it was delicious. He and our pre-teenage daughter put the fish sauce mixture in the rice 😊 I put the pork on the bed of lettuce.

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