Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Suon nuong xa - Pork chops grilled with lemongrass

Please ignore the colourful rice and the steamed mange tout. I was feeling a bit too adventurous at the time and only found out when I tasted it that sometimes things just don't go together. Admittedly this dish is much better served with white rice and lightly stir-fried veg e.g. pak choi saute with garlic.
The pork (1 chop) was marinated with:
1 stick of lemongrass -chopped
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
salt + pepper
1 tsp chilli paste
1 spring onion - chopped

-Crush lemongrass and chopped spring onion into a rough paste using a pestle and mortar. Add fish sauce, sugar, chilli paste, salt and pepper and marinate the chop in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
-Either grill or shallow fry until done.
Here is a close up picture:

I don't know why but the pork turned out to be very tender and full of flavour. The fragrant smell of lemon grass is simply irresistible. I'm thinking of doing another batch for our BBQ this saturday.
A very similar recipe can be found at Playing with my food
To my surprise, I found out that lemongrass is actually a herb, which can be used not only in cooking but also in drinking. The oil extracted from lemon grass can also be used in treating athlete's foot and back pain. More wonderful information about lemon grass can be found here
This is also my entry for this week's Weekend herb Blogging , which is sponsored by Kalyn from Kalyn's kitchen and hosted this week by Ulrike from Kuchelatein .


ostwestwind said...

The second Vietnamese dish for WHB! Thanks for your entry, I'm just doing a culinary journey around the world.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I was thinking of making pork chops too after my ga nuong xa. :)

BTW, I responded to your query about mango bread in case you want to make it right now.

Hedgehog said...

i made ga nuong xa for the hubby last weekend and he ate all of it before i could take any pictures lol.

Kalyn said...

I think lemongrass is so flavorful, but it's very hard to find here. (Sigh) Interesting idea to use it in a marinade. I'm not sure I've seen that idea before.

Hedgehog said...

Kalyn: lemongrass are used often in South East Asian dishes. It's a shame you can't get lemongrass over there.