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So yesterday I had a bad turn of events (recently losing my job) and I was trying to keep my mind busy. I thought I`d keep busy by cooking dinner for myself and the boyfriend. I had been craving these Vietnamese pork chops for quite a while because the only time I`ve ever eaten them is when my Aunty buys them from the nearest takeaway store. As I`ve just recently started to learn how to cook, I`ve come to enjoy it so much and I thought, hey why don`t I try to cook these myself (I am Vietnamese afterall). So I marinated a batch last night.. As it was already late (because boyfriend didn`t finish work until 8pm) I thought I`d skip grilling the chops and just go straight to pan-frying them. They turned out good, but I knew they could be better. So today with the leftover marinated pork chops I had I made lunch and took the time to grill the pork chops.
The result was fantastic! And needless to say, this is going down in my recipe book.
Here is the recipe for those wanting to try:
Pork marinade (4 pork chops ~ 3-4 servings)
1 ½ Tbsp minced lemongrass
1 ½ Tbsp minced garlic (~3 cloves)
1 chopped spring onion
1 ½ Tbsp fish sauce
1 ½ Tbsp premium dark soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar (or honey)
1 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Garnish (varies with preference)
Generally in restaurants you will find freshly chopped slices of tomato and/or cucumber to accompany this dish. When I made this I added pickled daikon radish and carrot. It is entirely up to you as to what to add.
Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc cham)
1. Mix together ingredients for the pork marinade in a large mixing bowl and mix so the ingredients form a paste. Add pork chops to the marinade and ensure the meat is evenly covered. Allow to set AT LEAST an hour before grilling, or preferrably chill pork chops and marinade together overnight (the flavour is absorbed more the longer you marinate).
2. If the meat has been chilled overnight in refridgerator, allow the meat to sit at room temperature roughly 30mins before cooking to take away some of the chill. Pre-heat oven grill to approx. 180 degrees celcius.
3. Place pork chops on oven grill and allow to cook for roughly 30mins, making sure the chops are turned on each side aprox. every 5mins to ensure even cooking. If you have marinade to spare you can also add more using a brush during the cooking process. While waiting for the meat to cook you can use the time in between to prepare rice and cook the eggs.
You will know when the chops are ready when the meat has turned an even dark brown and the fatty bone/outsides are a little charred and the smell will be delicious!
*photo and recipe belongs to me! Although I did do research on the ingredients for the recipe by searching google under search `suon nuong` or `com suong recipe`
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