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Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Noodles

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Possibly one of the best salads I’ve ever had. Made with thin noodles, lots of vegetables and a grilled pork that’s to die for.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE PORK:
  • 1 pound Pork Shoulder, Sliced Into Thin Strips
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic, Minced (marinate The Pork In Garlic Overnight)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
  • ½ Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 whole Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro, Finely Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemongrass, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Heaping, Of Sugar
  • FOR THE NOODLE SALAD:
  • 1 pound Thin Spaghetti Or Vermicelli Noodles, Cooked According To Package Instructions For Al Dente
  • 2 cups Bean Sprouts
  • 1 bunch Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 cup Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 whole Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 whole Seedless Cucumber, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 cup Pickled Carrots, Recipe Below
  • ½ cups Roasted Peanuts, Lightly Crushed
  • FOR THE CHILI SAUCE:
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced (more To Your Liking)
  • 1 whole Thai Bird Chili, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Water
  • FOR THE PICKLED CARROTS:
  • 1 whole Large Carrot, Skinned, Cut Into 1/4 Match Sticks
  • ¼ cups Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Water

Preparation

Start by marinating your meat in the garlic. Add the sliced pork into a large Ziplock bag. Toss in the garlic, seal the bag, and massage that garlic into the pork. Set in the refrigerator until the following day.

The next day add the fish sauce, soy sauce, black pepper, sesame oil, green onions, cilantro, sugar, and lemongrass to a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Add the pork into the bowl, and give it another good mix, making sure you coat all of the pork. Set this aside and let it rest for about 45 minutes. During this time, make the sauce that you will pour over the noodles.

Make the chili sauce. Add all of the chili sauce ingredients into a large skillet or saucepan, and bring to a boil, stirring from time to time. You want all of the sugar to dissolve. Once dissolved, remove pan from the burner, and set it aside to cool. The sauce will have reduced a bit as well.

Now cook your noodles until they are cooked al dente. Once cooked, drain, and set them aside.

Make your pickled carrots by adding the vinegar, sugar, salt and water to a skillet. Bring to a boil, making sure you dissolve all of the sugar. Then add the carrots into a jar that is large enough to fit them and the liquid, and pour the pickling liquid over the carrots. Set these to the side until you are ready to plate.

OK, now fire up your grill. I’m a big believer in grilling over coal, but if you have a gas grill, go ahead and use that. No big deal.

Once your coals are hot, begin laying down the pork strips onto the grates. You will probably need to do these in batches, and you will not want to walk away from it as pork shoulder has some fat on it and well, the sugar in the marinade …. you get it, there are going to be flare-ups.

Cooking the pork will go rather quickly, and probably only take a few minutes per side. You will see how the pork caramelizes. It just needs to be nice and caramelized on each side.

Resist eating the cooked pork at this time. Remember, this pork is the star of the dish and it will have to make it into the bowls. It’s hard to resist, trust me.

When pork is done remove it from the grill onto a plate.

Put your noodles into serving bowls. Drizzle some of the chili sauce over the noodles. Add pork, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, green onions, cucumber, pickled carrots, and crushed peanuts to the bowl. Drizzle more of the chili sauce over the top. Give it a good mix, and dig in.

The dish is huge in flavortown. With the sweetness of the mixture, along with the pickled carrots, and a mild heat from the chili sauce, this dish has everything you would ever want in a great Vietnamese dish. Let’s just say my oldest, and somewhat pickiest of eaters, had three servings. It’s just that good.

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Jamie Sweet on 11.30.2012

Delicious!!!

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