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Plate pork spare ribs with rice

Suon Ram Man- Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs

Suon Ram Man is an authentic and popular Vietnamese pork spare ribs dish. A sweet, salty and savory dish with an amazing caramel sauce. 
4.88 from 58 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 people
Calories 534 kcal


  • 1.5 pounds pork spare ribs cut into 1 to 1.5"
  • 2.5 tablespoons fish sauce I use Redboat
  • ½ medium shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves medium garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar I use coconut sugar
  • 1 cup coconut water or Coco Rico
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 stalk sliced green onion optional
  • 1 sliced cucumber


  • Parboil the pork in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain and wash clean with cold water.
  • Add fish sauce, shallot, garlic and pepper to the meat and marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  • In a saute pan, add oil and 2 TBS of coconut sugar. Melt the sugar on medium low heat, stirring continuously. Caramelize the sugar until the color is a dark rich brown. Turn off and take off heat.
  • Add the meat to the pan, take heat up to high and coat the meat with caramelized sugar evenly.
  • Once caramelized color on the meat is evenly distributed, add the coconut water and bring it to a boil, then take it down to low heat to simmer. cover with a lid.
  • Simmer for 35 minutes. Take lid off and bring up medium heat for 5 minutes, for the coconut water to reduce and thicken.
  • Garnish with green onions and additional pepper as needed. Serve with cucumber over a bed of rice.


Serving: 4gCalories: 534kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 28gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 1087mgPotassium: 724mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 87IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 2mg
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