ga kho gung
Gà Kho Gừng
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Rest Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
Gà kho gừng is the Vietnamese version of the traditional Asian ginger chicken. This version is flavored with nuoc mâm (fish sauce).
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Servings: 4 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 3 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 2 shallots , chopped
  • 1 (3-inch) piece ginger , cut in very thin julienne
  • 3 tablespoons nuoc mâm (fish sauce)
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small red hot pepper , very thinly sliced
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 stalks Chinese chive
  • Black pepper
  1. In a bowl, mix the nuoc mâm and sugar until completely dissolved.
  2. In a large salad bowl, place the pieces of chicken, pour the nuoc mâm + sugar mixture over the chicken, add the shallots and the garlic.
  3. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. In a wok, heat the oil.
  5. Brown the chicken pieces with all the marinade over high heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  7. Add the ginger and red hot pepper and mix gently.
  8. Increase the heat for 5 minutes then add the boiling water.
  9. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat.
  10. At this point, the sauce should be reduced. If this is not the case, increase the heat and continue cooking for a few more minutes.
  11. Season with black pepper and sprinkle with Chinese chives.
  12. Serve with fragrant white rice.