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Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Steaks

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Steaks. That is such a beautiful recipe to make use of economical pork shoulder in an thrilling new manner! A Vietnamese lemongrass marinade infuses with lovely flavor whereas a smidge of baking soda is the key to tenderizing so the pork steaks are tender like premium chops. Vietnamese street-food!

Cooked Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng)

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Steaks

I’ve been desirous to recreate the chargrilled lemongrass marinated pork you discover “in all places” on the streets of Vietnam for years – but it surely at all times got here out dry. Lastly discovered the key to protecting it juicy, so I needed to share the recipe instantly! 😂

Throughout Vietnam, variations of this lemongrass pork are served in numerous types. On rice, soups, in rice paper rolls, even in Banh Mi. Whereas all are scrumptious, my favorite are the favored Vietnamese noodle bowl salads, bun thit nuong. Skinny rice noodles, topped with this pork, pickled greens, lettuce, a smattering of peanuts, lime and served with nuoc cham, that sauce served with “all the pieces” in Vietnam.

On Friday, I’ll share the complete noodle bowl recipe. I needed to publish the marinated pork individually as a result of I believe it’s worthy of your consideration!

Right here’s a photograph of the pork rice noodle bowls. I really took this photograph in Vietnam – it’s a dish I purchased from a avenue vendor in Saigon and took again to my resort to take a photograph:

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Noodle Bowls - Bun Thit Nuong

Oh look! And stated vendor in Saigon. 🙂 They cooked the pork on skewers over charcoal. I’m doing a house model – steaks on a range. So you may make this any night time of the week – rain, hail or shine!

Best place to have Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Noodle Bowls in Saigon (Bun Thit Nuong) - Bun Thit Nuong Chi Tuyen

Why you want this Vietnamese pork in your life!

  • Wonderful worth – It’s made utilizing economical pork shoulder that’s tenderized so it’s juicy like premium pork chops!

  • Flavour plus worth – The meat is sliced and pounded thinly for max flavor penetration and so much less meat goes additional.

  • One thing completely different however but really easy, with components you may get from the native retailers.

  • Versatile – Serve at your subsequent BBQ with coconut rice and Asian slaw. Or wait till Friday to make Vietnamese noodle bowls!

  • Deliciousness issue is extraordinarily excessive for comparatively small effort

And since I do know somebody will ask – sure you may make this with rooster, right here it’s! 🙂

Marinating Vietnamese lemongrass pork
The marinade goes foamy due to the baking soda which is the key tenderizing ingredient!

What you want

Right here’s what it is advisable make this.

Ingredients in Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng)
  • Pork shoulder – Typically, this economical, powerful lower of pork is sluggish cooked till it turns into fall-apart tender. At the moment, we’re utilizing it in a extremely completely different manner. Sliced thinly, then marinated with baking soda which tenderizes it so when it’s cooked hard-and-fast like steak, it’s tender like a dear pork chop. (Hyperlinks once more for glowing reader opinions who’ve found the surprise of this method with rooster and beef!).

  • Baking soda – also called bi-carb / bi-carbonate. As famous within the level above, that is what tenderises the powerful pork shoulder meat.

  • Lemongrass – For unmistakable, irreplaceable lovely Vietnamese flavor!

  • Limes – For tang. A Vietnamese meals favorite.

  • Sugar – For candy and caramelization.

  • Soy sauce and fish sauce – The saltiness. I like to make use of each to get the precise flavor stability. Solely fish sauce = too fishy. Solely soy sauce = lacks complexity of flavor.

  • Garlic – Heaps!

  • Oil – To extend the amount of the marinade so there may be the precise flavour infusion for the amount of meat we’re utilizing. (Initially I simply had extra of all the opposite components however the pork was too salty).

The best way to make Vietnamese lemongrass marinated pork

The important thing to this recipe is to slice and pound the pork as thinly as you may. This serves just a few functions:

  • head begin tenderizing the flesh

  • opens up the fibres to permit the marinade to penetrate completely

  • will increase floor space and flattens the pork to enhance floor space char – for optimum actual chargrilled street-food flavour!

  • permits us to make this with economical pork shoulder slightly than dear pork tenderloin or chops.

  1. Slice the pork shoulder into eight thinnish items – provides us a head begin on the pounding. I discover it best to do that by chopping the pork on 45 diploma angle however you probably have the precise formed piece, you could possibly simply lower straight down.

    PRO TIP: To get even(ish) items with out pulling out the scales, lower the pork shoulder in half, then every half in half once more, then every in half once more. Voila – 8 items!

  2. Pound to 5mm / 0.2″ thickness thick utilizing a meat mallet (the jagged facet) or rolling pin. Cowl with go-between or freezer luggage to stop damaging the meat. (Go-between is a objective made plastic sheet, bought alongside cling wrap. Additionally helpful for stacking meals within the freezer with out sticking collectively).

  3. Submit pounding skinny pork!

  4. Marinade – Combine the marinade components in a bowl.

  5. Coat pork Add the pork and use tongs to coat nicely.

  6. Marinate 24 hours – Switch to a ziplock bag and marinate for twenty-four hours.

    Why combine individually first? To make sure actually good, even distribution of the small quantity of bi-carb throughout various floor space. I wouldn’t ask you to soiled a bowl unnecessarily 🙂

    Why a ziplock bag? As a result of it retains the meat fully coated in a comparatively small quantity of marinade. In the event you want a container, use a small one so the meat is as snugly fitted as attainable and toss the pork a few times throughout the marinading time.

  1. Excessive warmth cooking – Prepare dinner for 1 1/2 minutes in a sizzling forged iron skillet OR in your BBQ over excessive warmth. Then prepare dinner the opposite facet for 1 minute. Tremendous fast to prepare dinner as a result of it’s so skinny!

  2. Goal for a pleasant char – The pork will char shortly due to the sugar within the marinade and that’s what we would like, that genuine chargrilled flavour.

    STILL TENDER! Technically, with 2 1/2 minutes of excessive warmth blasting, the skinny pork ought to be overcooked and dry inside, to not point out the powerful pork shoulder hasn’t been sluggish cooked because it ought to so it ought to be horridly powerful.

    Nope! The within continues to be juicy, and it’s extra tender than you ever imagined pork shoulder could possibly be, because of the baking soda (learn extra on this above within the components part).

NOTE: Meat tenderised utilizing the baking soda methodology can be pink inside even when it’s cooked to nicely performed! It’s simply what occurs. It occurs with beef too. 🙂

As talked about above, I’ll share the Vietnamese Pork Noodle Bowls recipe on Friday. However suppose past the noodle bowl! Serve it with a facet of coconut rice, Vietnamese crimson fried rice or plain jasmine rice with a facet salad. Strive one among these:

And simply earlier than I log off, yet another sneak preview of this Friday’s noodle bowl:

It’s so good! ADORE the contrasting textures of the recent greens and herbs with the flavourful marinated lemongrass pork all doused in nuoc cham, the Vietnamese chilli-garlic sauce served with “all the pieces”.

What do you suppose?? Have I satisfied you to offer this Vietnamese pork a go? I hope so!!! If something, it’s price experiencing the magic of the marinade and the way tender it makes pork shoulder steaks. Strive it!! – Nagi x

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Cooked Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng)

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork steaks (tenderised!)


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Recipe video above. Pork infused with a Vietnamese lemongrass marinade, then cooked over excessive warmth for an genuine char-grill such as you get at Vietnamese avenue stalls! Economical pork shoulder is a troublesome lower of meat that is tenderized utilizing a contact of baking soda. Even should you overcook these pork steaks, they’re nonetheless tender inside!Use to make the favored Vietnamese rice noodle salad, Bún thịt nướng (recipe coming Friday!), or serve with coconut or jasmine rice and Asian slaw for a beautiful dinner.


  • Minimize pork – Minimize into 8 equal, thinnish slices of pork. I discover it best utilizing the knife on a forty five° angle, however you probably have the precise form piece you may simply lower straight down.

  • Pound every steak to 5mm / 0.2″ thickness utilizing the scary facet of a meat mallet (jagged, not flat), utilizing go-between (Observe 5) or a freezer bag to keep away from damaging the meat. (You need to use baking paper for rolling pin or the flat facet of the mallet.)

  • Marinade – Combine the marinade components in a bowl, it’ll fizz when the baking soda is added! Add pork then toss nicely to coat utilizing tongs. Switch to a ziplock bag and marinate for twenty-four hours.

  • Take away pork from the marinade and brush off the lemongrass items. Discard marinade – it is performed its job!

  • Prepare dinner – Warmth a forged iron skillet over excessive warmth till you see wisps of smoke. Add 1 1/2 tbsp oil, then prepare dinner half the pork for 1 1/2 minutes on one facet and 1 minute on the opposite facet till properly charred. Take away onto a plate. Scrape pan clear of unfastened black bits then prepare dinner the remaining pork.

  • Serve! Make Rice Noodle Bowls (bun thit nuong – coming Friday!) or serve with rice and a facet salad – see be aware 6 and in publish for strategies!

  • NOTE – The skinny pork steaks are past nicely performed in 2 1/2 minutes but it surely does not matter as a result of the baking soda retains them tender. Will probably be blushing pink inside as a result of baking soda (identical occurs with beef). You might prepare dinner them for one more 5 minutes and they’ll nonetheless be tender inside. Miracle!

Recipe Notes

1. Pork lower – This recipe is designed for pork shoulder which is a fatty, powerful lower of pork that’s normally sluggish cooked to make it tender. Right here, by pounding and utilizing baking soda, it’s tenderised so it’s like premium pork chops as soon as cooked. It’s actually unimaginable to overcook the within so it’s powerful – you’ll see! Recipe additionally works nice with pork scotch roast or steaks. Somewhat dearer lower of meat however extensively accessible in Australia. Doesn’t work as nicely for lean, dearer cuts of meat like loin and tenderloin. 2. Lemongrass prep – lower the reedy finish off, we’re solely utilizing the white and pale inexperienced half. Bash with meat mallet so it bursts open barely to launch flavour however largely holds collectively. Slice on an angle into giant 1cm/0.4″ thick slices so they’re straightforward to brush off the pork earlier than cooking (else they burn). Recent actually is finest right here however should you can’t get it, use 1 tablespoon of lemongrass paste as an alternative. 3. Soy sauce – Don’t use darkish soy sauce, the flavour is way too intense and can overwhelm. Any all-purpose soy is ok, or gentle soy sauce. 4. Baking soda, also called bi-carb, is used to tenderise the pork shoulder meat which is is a troublesome lower normally used for sluggish cooking. Similar methodology used for rooster and beef for stir fries – and readers like it! 5. Go-between is a objective made roll of plastic that’s bought alongside cling wrap, used for pounding meat. Thicker than freezer luggage and cling wrap, and never sticky. It protects the meat from turning into broken. 6. Serving strategies – Noodle bowls pictured in publish approaching Friday! Or make dinner plates with a facet of coconut rice, Vietnamese crimson fried rice or plain jasmine rice with a facet salad: Diet per serving, 2 items per individual.

Diet Data:

Energy: 360cal (18%)Carbohydrates: 15g (5%)Protein: 16g (32%)Fats: 26g (40%)Saturated Fats: 3g (19%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 7gMonounsaturated Fats: 16gTrans Fats: 0.1gLdl cholesterol: 51mg (17%)Sodium: 1578mg (69%)Potassium: 354mg (10%)Fiber: 0.2g (1%)Sugar: 12g (13%)Vitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 6mg (7%)Calcium: 35mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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