Vietnamese Style Pork Loin Chops

Vietnamese pork chop

Serves: 4 | Preparation Time: 25 mins | Cooking time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

4 (about 250g each) Tasman pork loin chops (rind off)
2 plump Lebanese cucumbers
3/4 cup coriander leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/2 small red onion, cut into very thin wedges
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
Steamed jasmine rice and lime wedges, to serve

Vietnamese marinade:
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons peanut oil

Method:

  1. Place pork into a large snap lock bag. To make the marinade, combine all ingredients in a screw-top jar. Shake until well combined.   Reserve ½ cup marinade.  Pour remaining marinade into the snap lock bag, seal and shake to coat the pork.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the cucumber salad, using a vegetable peeler, slice cucumbers length-ways into thin ribbons. Combine cucumbers, coriander, mint and red onion in a bowl.  Chill until ready to serve.
  3. Heat a greased char-grill plate or barbecue over medium high heat. Add pork and cook, brushing with remaining marinade, for 8-10 minutes or until just cooked through.  Transfer to a plate, cover and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve pork with cucumber salad, peanuts, reserved Vietnamese marinade, steamed Jasmine rice and lime wedges.
Results may vary.