Thịt Kho Tàu Instant Pot (Vietnamese Caramelized Pork and Eggs)

  • Servings: 6 or more bowls
  • Difficulty: easy peasy
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Author: Katie Le | Katie’s Test Kitchen


  • 2 lbs of Pork Picnic, Butt or Belly (cut into large chunks, 1-2 inches thick)
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 4 green onions (white part smashed and minced for marinade, green part chopped for garnishes)
  • Fish sauce (I used Red Boat. Another good brand is 3 Crabs)
  • Sugar
  • Ground pepper
  • Coconut Caramel Sauce for color (make your own if you wish)
  • 3 cups of Coco Rico Soda (or coconut water)
  • 1 cup of water
  • red chili to garnish


  1. Parboil pork for 5-10 minutes on the stove top. Rinse well with sink water and pat dry. In a mixing bowl add 4 tbsp of fish sauce, 3 tbsp of sugar, 1/2 tsp of ground pepper (more or less to your taste) and 1/4 tsp of coconut caramel sauce. Mix marinade well and add chopped white part onion and minced shallot. Toss the pork into the marinade and allow it to sit in the refrigerator for an hour or more.
  2. For the eggs, place on a trivet/steamer basket. Add about 2 cups of water to inner pot. Select Manual/Pressure Cook, High Pressure, 4 minutes. Quick release when cook time is over. Gently remove eggs and drop them into an ice bath for 5 minutes. Peel and set aside.
  3. Add pork along with the marinade sauced into inner pot. Gently add peeled eggs. Pour 3 cups of Coco Rico Soda, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of fish sauce. Select Manual/Pressure Cook, High Pressure, 30 minutes, 10 minutes NPR.
  4. Once Cook Time is over, wait additional 10 minutes then Quick Release and open lid.  Taste the sauce and make adjustments with sugar and/or fish sauce if necessary. Garnish with chopped green onion and fresh chili. Serve with rice, raw vegetables (cucumber and tomato), boiled vegetables (broccoli and chayote) or fermented cabbage!




19 Comments on “Thịt Kho Tàu Instant Pot (Vietnamese Caramelized Pork and Eggs)

    • Hi Sarah, many Asian/Vietnamese stores carry them. It’s usually in the spices or sauce section.


  1. Will the coco rico soda make the dish too sweet? What brand do you use for the coconut caramel sauce?


  2. This may be a silly question, but if I 1/2 the recipe, will IP cook time be halved too?


    • Hi Trang, the caramel sauce I buy at the store is very thick. But feel free to adjust to your taste.


  3. Hi Katie,

    Just wondering if I’m using sliced pork belly about 1/2 inch thick do I need to reduce the cook time to about 8-10 minutes just in case the pork belly gets too soft?


    • Hi Julia, If your cut of meat is smaller, I’d reduce cook time by 5-10 minutes. So set to about 20-25 high pressure.


  4. If I want to add fried tofu, should I add it at the time of cooking or after using the saute mode? I’m concern that the tofu may be overcooked


  5. 2/3 of the shallot goes into the marinade. What do I do with the remaining shallot? Is it for garnish at the end of cooking like the green onion and chili?


      • Ahh so sorry it was an error. I fixed the recipe. The minced shallot goes into the marinade, the whole thing. Sorry!


  6. Hi, where in the Asian aisle can I find the Coconut Caramel Sauce?? Oh btw, I made your bo kho today and it was amazing!!! 😀


    • Hi Donna, usually it’s in the sauce section of the Asian stores. If you can’t find it you can make you own caramel with sugar and water. For me it’s more convenient to use the pre-made caramel sauce. I’m glad to hear your bo kho turned out well!


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