Thit Kho

Thit Kho

Experience the flavorful delight of Thit Kho made uniquely with succulent pork riblets. This traditional Vietnamese dish takes a healthier, delicious twist by using hydrating coconut water instead of the usual coconut soda, bringing out a natural sweetness that pairs perfectly with the meat. To further enhance the flavors while ensuring a balanced diet, we use low-sodium soy sauce, making it a perfect choice for those mindful about their sodium intake. Enjoy this recipe as a main course in your everyday meals or share it with loved ones during special gatherings. The allure of its rich caramel color and the tantalizing aroma will have everyone wanting seconds.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Servings 6


  • 1 bulb garlic minced
  • 2 whole shallots minced
  • 4 lb pork spare rib
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil neutral
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 can quail eggs drained and rinsed
  • 1 can coconut water without pulp
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce optional
  • 1/2 cup kimchi optional


  • To marinate meat: mince garlic and shallot and place into a large bowl. Slice pork spare rib between the bones for individual pieces. Add pork spare rib to the large bowl with the minced garlic and shallots
  • Allow pork spare rib to marinade for 30 minutes or overnight
  • Once you are ready to cook, add oil to a large pot and turn on heat to low. Immediately add white sugar to the oil. If you wait for the oil to be hot, you may burn the white sugar. Allow the sugar to caramelize and become a golden color. Turn on heat to medium-high. Add marinaded pork spare ribs with remaining minced garlic and shallots
  • Allow marinaded pork spare ribs to cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add coconut water, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce (optional).
  • Add lid to pot and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  • Enjoy with a bed of rice and kimchi or any other vegetable!