Kho (cooking technique)

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Alternative namesKha
Place of originVietnam
Region or stateSouth East Asia
Associated cuisineVietnamese and Cambodian cuisine
Main ingredientsSugar, water or coconut juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and aromatics

Kho (meaning "to braise", "to stew", or "to simmer"[1]) or kha (Khmer: ) is a cooking technique in Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine,[2][3] where a protein source such as fish, shrimp, poultry, pork, beef, or fried tofu is simmered on low or medium heat in a mixture of sugar, and water or a water substitute such as young coconut juice and seasoned with fish sauce or soy sauce and aromatics such as pepper, garlic, shallots and ginger.[4] The resulting dish is salty and savory, and meant to be eaten with rice noodles, baguette, or steamed rice.

Particular dishes[edit]

In Vietnamese, beef stew is called bò kho or thịt bò kho and fish stew is called cá kho or cá kho tộ (tộ referring to the clay pot in which the dish is cooked). For fish stew, catfish is preferred, particularly in southern Vietnam. Chicken stew, called gà kho or gà kho gừng (gừng meaning "ginger"), is less popular. Vegetarian stew may also be prepared.

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  1. ^ "The Taste of Tet; It wouldn't be the New Year without kho, the ultimate Vietnamese comfort food", by Andrea Q. Nguyen
  2. ^ Pou, Saveros (1992). "Khmer Cuisine Vocabulary" (PDF). Kambodschanische Kultur. Berlin. 4: 343–353. Kha "to stew in soy- or fish-sauce"
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lina (22 December 2019). "30 Cambodian foods every visitor needs to try". CNN. Retrieved 4 August 2021. The word kha refers to a style of cooking in Cambodia in which palm sugar is caramelized into a sticky syrup, then used as the base of the dish.
  4. ^ Chau, Giao (24 November 2020). "How to make kho — the ultimate Vietnamese comfort food". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 August 2021. For the uninitiated, kho is a Vietnamese cooking technique and category of dishes in which a main ingredient is simmered in a caramel sauce, seasoned with fish sauce or soy sauce and aromatics such as pepper, garlic, shallots and ginger. .