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Traditional Vietnamese Recipe - BÚN CHẢ HÀ NỘI


(GRILLED PORK WITH VERMICELLI AND FRESH GREENS)


Ingredients

*For the grilled pork*

500 g pork belly ( 1.1 lb) or pork shoulder, thinly sliced

500 g minced pork (1.1 lb)

1 tbsp sugar

4 tbsp minced shallot

2 tbsp oyster sauce optional

2 tbsp sugar

4 tbsp fish sauce

4 tbsp caramel sauce or 2 tbsp molasses/honey

2 tsp pork stock powder (eg. Knorr - this is optional)

1 tsp ground black pepper

**For the pickles**

1 cup green papaya thinly sliced into bite size pieces

1 cup carrots thinly sliced into bite size pieces

2 tsp salt

2 tbsp vinegar (5% acid)

1 tbsp sugar

**For the dipping sauce**

1/2 cup fish sauce

1/2 cup sugar

3 cup water

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp minced chili

Fresh greens: lettuce, mint, perilla, cilantro etc.

2 kg fresh rice vermicelli (or 1kg dried rice vermicelli)

Instructions

To make the caramel sauce: melt sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat until caramelized. Occasionally swirl the pan to avoid burning. Take off the heat. Using a long-handle ladle, add the hot water to the caramelized sugar. Be careful as it will splash.


Marinate the pork belly with half of the minced garlic, oyster sauce, sugar, fish sauce , minced shallot, caramel sauce /molasses/honey, seasoning powder (optional), ground black pepper. Set aside for 30 minutes or a few hours in the refrigerator.


Marinate the minced pork similarly with the other half of the marinade ingredients. Pinch and form the minced pork into 2-inch (5cm) patties.


Grill the pork and minced pork patties outdoor on charcoal until both sides are golden brown.


To make the pickles, mix the thinly sliced kohlrabi/ green papaya and carrots with 2 tsp salt. Set aside for 15 minutes. After that, rinse well and slightly squeeze out the excess water. In a large bowl, mix the kohlrabi and carrots with sugar and vinegar. Set aside for at least 1 hour so that the veggies can absorb the flavor.


To make the dipping sauce, in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, dissolve sugar in fish sauce and water. Minced garlic and chili can be added to diners’ preference during serving.


To assemble the dish, fill a medium serving bowl half-full with the dipping sauce. Then add some grilled pork, pickles, minced garlic and chili, and black pepper. Serve with a platter of fresh greens and cooked rice vermicelli noodles. To serve, dip a bit of vermicelli and fresh greens into the bowl and eat with the grilled pork and pickles.