Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Noodles (Bún Thịt Nướng)

By Dax Phillips
February 18, 2015
10 Comments


Author Notes: A great noodle dish that is loaded with great Vietnamese pork, a dressing that will want you craving more, all tossed with fresh herbs and vegetables. Dax Phillips

Serves: 6
Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 10 hrs

Ingredients

Ingredients for the pork:

  • 1 pound pork shoulder, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons lemongrass, minced
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Ingredients for the noodle salad:

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti or vermicelli noodles, cooked al dente
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, torn
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup pickled carrots
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts

Directions

  1. Start by marinating your meat in the garlic. Add the sliced pork into a large ziplock bag. Toss in the garlic, seal the bag, and massage that garlic into the pork. Set in the refrigerator until the following day.
  2. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, black pepper, sesame oil, green onions, cilantro, sugar, and lemongrass to a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add the pork to the bowl, and give another good mix, making sure you marinate all of the pork. Set this aside and let it rest for about 45 minutes. During this time, make the sauce that you will pour over the noodles. Make the sauce. Add two cloves of minced garlic, one chopped Thai bird chili, four tablespoons of white vinegar, one tablespoon of fish sauce, four tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of water to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring from time to time. You want all of the sugar to dissolve. Once dissolved, remove it from the burner, and set it aside to cool. The sauce will have reduced a bit as well. Now boil your noodles until they are cooked al dente. Once cooked, drain, and set them aside. Make your pickled carrots by adding the vinegar, sugar, salt and water to a skillet. Bring to a boil, making sure you dissolve all of the sugar. Add the carrots to a jar, and pour the pickling liquid over the carrots. Set these to the side until you are ready to plate. OK, now fire up your grill. I’m a big believer in grilling over coal, but if you have a gas grill, go ahead and use that. No big deal.
  3. Once your coals are hot, begin laying down the pork onto the grates. You will probably need to do these in batches, and you will not want to walk away from it as pork shoulder has some fat on it and well, the sugar in the marinate… you get it. Cooking the pork will go rather quickly, and probably only take a few minutes per side. You will see how the pork caramelizes. ONE THING. Resist eating the cooked pork at this time. Remember, this pork is the star of the dish and it will have to make it into the bowls. It’s hard to resist, trust me. Once the pork is grilled, it is ready to plate. Add a bit of the noodles to a bowl. Drizzle some of the chili sauce over the noodles. Add pork, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, green onions, cucumber, pickled carrots, and crushed peanuts to the bowl. Drizzle more of the chili sauce. Give it a good mix, and dig in.
  4. The dish is huge in flavortown. The sweetness of the mixture, along with the pickled carrots, and a mild heat from the chili sauce, this dish has everything you would ever want in a great Vietnamese dish. Let’s just say my oldest, and somewhat pickiest of eaters, had three servings.

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10 Comments

ChefyMcChefFace July 20, 2018
By me, it's very hard to get just 1lb pork shoulder- it's usually 10 whole ones. I was going to use country style ribs- any difference in how I should cook them?
 
thelonemoon May 4, 2018
Um.... for those who are making it, don't use "thin spaghetti," buy the vermicelli noodles. The texture of spaghetti is just...NO. Not okay. lol
 
Juliebell February 26, 2015
Thanks for the clarification Dax. I'm really looking forward to making this. Gorgeous photo.
 
Author Comment
Dax P. February 26, 2015
Sorry Julie... same issue with the recipe format. The pickled carrots are easy enough to make. Ingredients for pickled carrots:<br /><br />1 large carrot, skinned, cut into 1/4 inch thick sticks<br />1/4 cup of vinegar<br />2 tbsp sugar<br />pinch of salt<br />4 tbsp water<br /><br />Make your pickled carrots by adding the vinegar, sugar, salt and water to a skillet. Bring to a boil, making sure you dissolve all of the sugar. Add the carrots to a jar, and pour the pickling liquid over the carrots. Set these to the side until you are ready to plate.
 
Juliebell February 25, 2015
Dex I totally appreciate your responses. I think the sauce is doable from the instructions but does that address the brine for the carrots? Do you use the sauce to brine the carrots or is that a different step with another process? I do not intend to harass.... Thanks for your patience.
 
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Dax P. February 25, 2015
The recipe template did not work for a third listing. All of the sauce ingredients are listed in step 2. "During this time, make the sauce that you will pour over the noodles. Make the sauce. Add two cloves of minced garlic, one chopped Thai bird chili, four tablespoons of white vinegar, one tablespoon of fish sauce, four tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of water to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring from time to time. You want all of the sugar to dissolve. Once dissolved, remove it from the burner, and set it aside to cool. "
 
Juliebell February 25, 2015
Adding ingredients for the sauce and ingredients for the brine as you have for the pork and the noodle salad would be helpful.
 
Juliebell February 25, 2015
So 2 Tbsp. Sugar but I am still failing to see amounts for vinegar, salt and water. Forgive me if it is there. Looking forward to making this!
 
Juliebell February 25, 2015
What are the measurements for the vinegar, sugar, salt and water for your pickling brine?
 
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Dax P. February 25, 2015
They are listed in step 2.