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Vietnamese BBQ Pork September 9, 2009

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Trying this out … this is totally not my recipe – for the real thing go to April Takes the Cake: http://apriltakesthecake.blogspot.com/2008/04/vietnamese-bbq-pork-with-rice.html.  April’s blog has attractive pictures and a tested  recipe.  What I did tonight was to try to get a bland and mildly unpleasant day behind me with something different since I had a tray of porkchops in the fridge. In an escapist frame of mind I started  looking online for an approximation of my favorite local Vietnamese bbq pork dish, came up with April’s recipe.

The prep

Cut up the pork (e.g. loin chops) – I like thin strips – and marinate in mixture of  what I had on hand:

1 finely chopped shallot (someone – the D or Kelly bought it – it’s like a tiny onion – I never used a shallot before so it was miraculous that it was deep down in the veg bin of the reefer)
2 clove garlic crushed in the press and finely chopped
shot of oyster sause
1T patis
1T olive oil

Dipping sauce (btw – this turned out to be way too much dipping sauce)
1/2 c patis
1/2 c sugar
1 garlic clove finely minced
1 c hot water (to disolve sugar)
1 hawaiian chili pepper
shot of mirin

Then, you should try this  Caramel glaze –  start it  before you stir fry the pork or you will be waiting for it.  BTW, this is not the kind of thing you want to forget about on the stove.   Mix 1/2 C water with 1/4 C sugar in a small saucepan on med heat (4).  After a while this mixture slowly starts to bubble.  Don’t stir it April sez – something about candy?,  just let it sit there andbubble and simmer – the water boils off and the bubbles turn a viscuous golden brown like dark maple syrup.  This goes very very very slowly after about 15 minutes – (2 hours dog time).   But I waited for the chemistry to happen, staring at the bubbling mixture, and was shocked at what happened after pouring it over the cooked pork – it turned a deep chestnut color and crystalized into a brittle hard caramel – sound like too much sugar?  Yeah but you should try it.  I put the pan in cold water and immediately thought – uh oh – mistake.   So I left the pot full of water in the sink.  Tthe sugar glaze did not bond like varnish to the pan, and did in fact wash off the teflon…

So here’s the Planet Aiea rendition of this recipe –  once the prep is over, the rice is cooked, and whoever is eating is not going to make you wait while dinner gets cold, stir fry the pork.   Served it with stir fry bean sprouts, some chinese cabbage, and rice with the dipping sause.  Maybe good over somen noodles, or the real thing, Vietnamese style rice vermicelli.  Tonight it was long grain jasmine rice.

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