Vietnamese Style Grilled Lemongrass Pork

Thit Heo Nuong Xa or Vietnamese Style Grilled Lemongrass Pork are grilled pork pieces usually served as a side dish to fried noodle and noodle soups. These addictive meat dish are sweet and savoury and sometimes with a sticky outer layer. The secret on this recipe is the marinade used and the way it is cooked, the thickness of pork is a key element which gives it maximum exposure to the heat and cooking the inside in a short amount of time making it still juicy while quickly caramelizing the outer layer.

Best enjoyed with noodle soup dishes, topping over fried noodles of just plain rice with Asian salad on the side

Vietnamese Style Grilled Lemongrass Pork
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 800g Pork Shoulder, sliced to about ½ inch thick pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 pcs shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 stalk lemongrass (white part only)
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup honey
Instructions
  1. Place garlic, shallots, lemongrass, dark soy sauce, fish sauce, oil and freshly ground black pepper in a food processor, process until it becomes a paste.
  2. Place pork in a deep bowl and pour marinade mix, coat pork pieces evenly then cover your bowl. Marinate for 24 hours.
  3. Remove 2 hours from fridge before cooking, then cook over charcoal barbecue for best results. On medium high heat grill each side for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Dip each pork pieces in honey and grill for 2 more minutes on side.
  5. Serve while hot.

 

38 Responses

  1. Eha says:

    Interesting recipe I’ll try soonest:heavy on fish sauce and with a long marinating period + the last minute addition of honey really makes it fascinating – I suppose the late minute honey addition ameliorates the strength of the fish sauce?

  2. Nors says:

    Parang hansan yan pre ha

  3. Hi! Just stumbled upon your blog :)
    I LOVED this dish when I had it in Vietnam! Looks amazing – will definitely try this soon :) xxx

  4. I am literally salivating…This pork is BEAUTIFUL and looks DELICIOUS…No way, I am pinning it!!!!

  5. Tessa says:

    I like the idea of dipping the pork in the honey while grilling. I will try that. Thanks Raymund!

  6. all hail the lemongrass.
    i’m drolling now…
    i love to add some lemongrass oil too to enhance the flavour

  7. Love the char on your meat!

  8. Kristy says:

    Another one that would be a hit here. I can never seem to find lemongrass though. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places.

  9. Purely.. Kay says:

    I don’t know what else to say other than… I LOVE THIS DISH. And Yes, I will be making it :). Thanks Raymund

  10. Alex says:

    What gorgeous colours – I’m trying this marinade next weekend!

  11. This looks incredibly good! Definitely something I need to try. Thanks so much.

  12. mjskit says:

    Another great meat preparation! Love it!

  13. Yum! I love the lemongrass used for this recipe :)

  14. Anita Triana says:

    Wow…… make me drooling, I need to try very soon, thanks so much for this recipe.

  15. I have yet to be successful with lemongrass, but this recipe makes me want to try it again. Looks delicious!

  16. nusrat2010 says:

    Lemongrass, grilling, Vietnamese recipe …those words are very close to my heart. Thanks for drool-inducing, shiver-inducing darn sexy photos :)

  17. Michelle says:

    I’ll be right over. :)

  18. Looks sooooooooo good! I want to try this! Yummm!

  19. Jerry Ko says:

    These sweet and savory looks so succulent and delicious.

  20. buttoni says:

    OMG another dish I can taste through my PC screen! I’ll have to sub in sugar-free honey to make it low carb, but that will still taste about the same. Can’t wait to try this.

  21. Carolyn Chan says:

    Ohhh those charred bits look so tasty – love the marinade !

  22. Gorgeous. Making this soon!

  23. Seriously my kinda of food and I love the presentation. Well done!

  24. Shirley says:

    This is my absolute favorite thing to order at a Vietnamese restaurant. Yum. I like that it’s not too complicated to make at home either.

  25. I just had Vietnamese styled grilled pork over vermicelli today’s lunch! I don’t think the one I usually eat doesn’t have lemongrass, but I love the lemongrass flavor and taste. Great idea! I love this photo, Raymund. Perfect for pinterest. ;)

  26. lily says:

    hi im going to make the pork buy what sauce do you eat it with? like in the picture

  27. Kendra says:

    I am loving this recipe. It looks simple and delightful. I am curious of two things, however. 1) What is the sauce you have in the very first picture? 2) How did you cut your pork? I had a heck of a time cutting mine. I don’t eat meat very often but my partner loves pork. It’s currently marinating.

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes!

    • Raymund says:

      Hi Kendra,

      To answer your questions
      1. The sauce is called Nuoc Cham, its made out of water, rice vinegar, sugar, fish sauce, garlic, chili just adjust to your likeness. Usually use the 1:1 ration for water and fish sauce then a dash or rice vinegar.
      2. For the cutting part I press it firmly by palm in a cutting board and slice it in the middle (between your palm and board) using a very sharp knife. Then I have 2 pieces, I then process it gain using the same technique now I have 4 pieces, then so on…

      • Vicky says:

        Sliced pork steaks from the butcher grocery store would work here. I’m pretty sure that’s where pork steaks come from. I plan to make this. Looks excellent.

  28. Elle Kew says:

    Made this tonight for Father’s day dinner. Everyone loved it! Thanks for your recipe. Can’t wait until I can cook it again.

  29. Vicky says:

    Question regarding lemon grass. Fresh lemon grass isn’t available where I live. I can buy dried lemon grass. Since it will be whizzed up in the food processor, do you think that dried lemon grass could be substituted for fresh? I’m anxious to try this. It looks beautiful!

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