Thit Nuong – Vietnamese Grilled Pork: A Tantalizing Delight

Thit Nuong - Vietnamese Grilled Pork

Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of thịt nướng, a Vietnamese grilled pork dish that will awaken your taste buds. This recipe, passed down from my aunt Phuong, combines aromatic ingredients to create a marinade that infuses every juicy slice of pork with tantalizing flavors. With the perfect balance of shallots, garlic, lemongrass, honey, fish sauce, and sesame oil, this marinade will take your grilled pork to new heights.

The Marinade: A Symphony of Flavors

Creating the marinade is the first step in achieving the exquisite taste of thịt nướng. Finely minced shallots, garlic, and lemongrass form the base of the marinade, while honey, fish sauce, and sesame oil add depth and complexity. The aroma alone will make your taste buds dance with anticipation. Allow the pork to marinate overnight, ensuring that each slice absorbs the flavorful blend.

The Grilling Process: A Satisfying Experience

Thit Nuong - Vietnamese Grilled Pork

Traditionally, thịt nướng is cooked on a grill using a special “meat cage.” These can be found in well-stocked Chinese or Vietnamese supermarkets. If unavailable, bamboo skewers soaked in water can be used as a substitute.

Coating the meat cage with non-stick spray and layering the pork slices ensures even cooking. Grill the pork on low to medium heat, keeping the lid closed to retain moisture. Once the pork develops a sear and caramelization on one side, flip the meat cage to cook the other side evenly.

Thit Nuong - Vietnamese Grilled Pork

A Flavorful Feast: Serving and Pairing

Once the pork is cooked to perfection, transfer it to a serving platter, and get ready to feast on the delectable flavors of thịt nướng.

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Thit Nuong - Vietnamese Grilled Pork

Serve thịt nướng in a variety of ways. Enjoy it atop a bed of rice noodles, alongside steamed jasmine rice, or stuffed inside a baguette. Complete the experience by adding fresh mint, shredded lettuce, sliced cucumbers, pickled carrots and daikon, toasted peanuts, scallion oil, fried shallots, and nước chấm, a traditional Vietnamese dipping sauce. The combination of flavors and textures will transport you to the streets of Vietnam.

Delight in Thịt Nướng

Thịt nướng is not just a dish; it’s an experience. The flavors that permeate each bite of tender, grilled pork will leave you craving more. Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or simply want to elevate your everyday meals, mastering this recipe will allow you to savor the magic of Vietnamese cuisine.

Serves 2 people for one week or 6 to 8 people in one sitting.

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