Vietnamese pork

Ditch the burger! This is barbecued food with an exotic taste
Serves: 8-10
Prep time: 4 hrs 30 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Total time: 5 hrs
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs:Splashing out




    • 2 pork fillets weighing about 400g (14oz) each, trimmed of fat and sinew




    • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped


    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped


    • 5cm (2in) piece fresh root ginger, grated


    • 2 tbsp each golden caster sugar, lime juice, Thai fish sauce, and sunflower oil


    • ½ tspn ground turmeric




    • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar


    • 6 tbsp rice vinegar


    • 2 medium carrots, peeled


    • 1 medium courgette, trimmed


    • ½ a cucumber


    • 1 tsp sea salt






    1. To make the marinade: Mix the ingredients together and whizz with a stick blender to make a thick paste. Pour into a dish, add the fillets and coat well. Cover and leave to marinate in a cool place for 3-4 hours or overnight.


    1. To make the pickled veg: Spoon the sugar and vinegar into a small pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool. About 20 mins before serving, use a shredder or vegetable peeler to make ribbons out of the carrot, courgette and cucumber. Stir into the vinegar mixture with the salt (using your hands is the best way).


    1. Take the pork fillets out of the marinade and cook them over a medium heat on the barbecue, or griddle, for 20-25 mins, turning them regularly and brushing with the reserved marinade until wellcooked. Leave them to rest for 5-10mins, then slice thickly.


    1. Drain the vinegar off the salad, and serve with the pork fillets, along with basmati and wild rice and pea-shoot salad, if you like.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 4.5g saturates 1.0g calories 133(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.