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 Discovery profile to learn more), it will give the braise a deep, complex flavor.
Serve with jasmine rice and sautéed broccoli.
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Seriously, this by far is one of the best Asian recipes we've ever found. Most of the time they are too salty etc. I made this meal for 120 people and was amazed it was a crowd pleaser! Its a weekly family meal for us too. We use Chinese Brown Sugar and it truly makes this dish! The fish sauce is KEY - do not leave it out! We substitute Thai Chilies for chili flakes. The chilies add so much more flavor and nice balanced heat. We always use bone-in skin-on thighs and they are so tender the meat falls off the bone. Serve with jasmine rice and stir fried veggies - YES, DO IT!
This is outstanding!
This was one of the best meals ever to come out of our kitchen - and it was unbelievably easy. We used a whole cut-up chicken rather than just thighs, but other than that followed the recipe almost exactly. The leftovers were just as good as the original. This will definitely be on the menu frequently.
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