brown sugar candy
What is it?
Made from unrefined cane sugar, Chinese brown sugar is the behind-the-scenes ingredient that gives red-cooked dishes their deep, complex flavor. Don’t confuse it with palm sugar, which may look similar but is a very different product.
Chinese brown sugar is available at Asian food markets, where it’s sold in 1-pound bricks that separate into wafers.
Don’t have it?
Substitute white granulated sugar, cooked in a dry skillet until it turns to caramel.
How to store:
Store in an airtight jar at room tempearture.
This dish uses the classic Vietnamese braising method that uses caramelized sugar as the base for the braising liquid. If you can find Chinese brown sugar (check out its Ingredient…