After experimenting with a bunch of food lately, I've been craving Vietnamese comfort foods. Which is great because it gave me a chance to update photos of some of my more popular recipes.
One of my favorites is bun thit heo nuong, tom, cha gio (Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles with grilled pork, shrimp, and egg rolls). Bun (rice vermicelli noodles) and com tam (broken rice) dishes may appear varied on restaurant menus but the key is to realize that the multiple listings are just various combos of those items. Add or subtract ingredients as you wish.
So this isn't so much a recipe, as it is an assembly list. Well, with a recipe for the grilled pork. :)
Thit Heo Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork)
For 1 lb of pork, you'll need:
1 lb of pork shoulder or butt, skin on or off according to your preference, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, minced
2 tsps Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce)
2 tsp sugar, adjust to taste
1 tsp salt, adjust to taste
1 tsp ground black pepper
Slice the pork as thin as possible. It doesn't need to be paper-thin, just thin enough to cook quickly. Add 4 cloves minced garlic, 1 large minced shallot, 2 tsps fish sauce, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp ground black pepper.
If you plan to grill this, leave to marinate for about half an hour before cooking.
If you decide to cook this in a saute pan, you don't need to let the meat marinate as the cooking will concentrate the flavors. Dump the meat, including marinade into the pan on medium heat. Saute until the juices disappear and the meat takes on a charred look. I usually do a taste test when the pork is fully cooked but the juices are still in the pan. Adjust seasonings at this point and continue sauteing until the pan is dry.
Now it's time for assembly.
Bun Thit Heo Nuong, Tom, Cha Gio (Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork, Shrimp, and Egg Rolls)
The above-mentioned grilled pork.
Tom Xao Bo (Vietnamese Shrimp Sauteed in Butter).
Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Rolls).
Do Chua (Vietnamese Pickled Stuff ie. Carrots and Daikon).
Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce)
As much rice vermicelli noodles as you'd like.
Herbs such as cilantro, mint, rau ram (Vietnamese coriander).
If you don't want to eat noodles, just do the same thing but on a plate of rice. So you'll get com thit heo nuong, tom, cha gio (Vietnamese rice with grilled pork, shrimp, and egg rolls). Tell me that pork doesn't look juicy and delicious?
Or you could take the shrimp and pork and make Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Salad Rolls). And luckily with the spate of Vietnamese comfort cooking I've been doing lately, I updated my goi cuon pictures too.
Who made my recipe for bun tom nuong?
Pepy of The Art and Science of Food said, "...I'm very satisfied with the result as it tasted damn close with the restaurant ones!"
1 year ago today, Thit Kho Trung (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Hard-Boiled Eggs).