Vietnamese grileld lemongrass pork belly

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Belly (Ba Chỉ Nướng Sả)

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Ba Chỉ Nướng Sả is pork belly marinated in Vietnamese-style lemongrass marinade and grilled to juicy perfection. This tasty pork could be served with rice, rice noodles, or Vietnamese Bánh Mì. Super easy, super versatile!!

Vietnamese grileld lemongrass pork belly

❤️ Your Easiest Vietnamese Pork Belly Recipe

Pork is a staple ingredient in Vietnam, appearing in almost Vietnamese dishes (even more so than fish sauce).

We use ground pork in Vietnamese egg omelette, pork belly in Thịt Kho Tàu, pork hock in Bún Bò Huế. People even use pork to cook Pork Phở in Nha Trang, my hometown.

Thit Kho Tau (Northern-style Vietnamese Caramelized Pork & Eggs)
Northern Thịt Kho Tàu (Braised Pork & Eggs)

I’m pretty sure many people are fans of Bún Chả Hà Nội (Northern rice noodles with grilled pork) or Bún Thịt Nướng (Southern rice noodles with grilled pork) – they are close sisters but not the same. My lemongrass pork belly is something in between the two dishes.

Just dump all the marinade ingredients onto the pork, let it marinate for at least 1 hour, and then you can start cooking.

It’s just as easy as making my Gà Nướng Sả (Grilled Lemongrass Chicken) or Sườn Nướng (Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops).

🥩 Ingredients

Ingredients for Vietnamese Grilled Pork Belly are quite simple.

Vietnamese lemongrass pork belly ingredients
  • Pork Belly: Of course, we need it, but I prefer removing the pork rind from the pork belly. I just forgot to do it this time, and it’s quite annoying when eating. I cut my pork belly into strips about 0.4 inches (1cm) thick.
  • Seasoning: Fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk. Yeah, Vietnamese people love marinating meat with sweetened condensed milk.
  • Aromatics: lemongrass, scallion and garlic. Scallion/Green onion is a popular herb in marinating meat in Vietnam. I’m not sure why but for me scallion create a “Vietnamese flavor” that onions or shallots just can’t match.

📝 Instructions

Marinating:

  • In a blender, combine lemongrass, scallions, garlic, and a few tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth. You could mince the ingredients with a knife but using a blender saves me time, and I don’t like the uncomfortable lumps in the marinade.
  • Marinate the pork belly with this mixture along with fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk. You could marinate the pork belly for at least 1 hour, or ideally overnight. Before cooking, take it out of the fridge for 30 minutes.
Blend lemongrass, garlic and scallion with some water.
Marinate the pork belly.

Grilling:

I live in a small apartment, so I often grill the meat with a pan or an air fryer. You could also use an oven; however, the open flame always yields the best flavor for grilled meat.

Pan-grilling:

  • Heat your grill pan over medium-low heat.
  • Pan-fry each side of the pork belly for about 7-9 minutes.
Pan-fry the pork belly.
Pan-fry the pork belly.

Air-frying:

  • Place the marinated pork belly in the air fryer basket and air fry each side for 10 minutes at 390°F (200°C).
Grill the pork belly in air fryer.
Grill the pork belly in air fryer.

🥢 How to serve

Vietnamese grileld lemongrass pork belly

There are many ways to serve this Vietnamese lemongrass pork belly:

🥛 What to do with leftover sweetened condensed milk

If you love coffee and have a sweet tooth, Cà Phê Sữa Đá (Vietnamese iced coffee) and Bánh Flan (Vietnamese flan) are perfect for you. Besides, in Vietnam, we have many dishes with sweetened condensed milk, both sweet and savory.

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Vietnamese grileld lemongrass pork belly

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Belly (Ba Chỉ Nướng Sả)

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Ba Chỉ Nướng Sả features pork belly marinated in a Vietnamese-style lemongrass marinade and grilled to juicy perfection. This delicious dish pairs well with rice, rice noodles, or Vietnamese Bánh Mì. The best part? It's super easy to make at home.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Family meal, Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1.1 pound pork belly (500g) (cut into 0.4 inch (1cm) thick slices, rind removed)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig scallion
  • 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

Instructions
 

Marinating:

  • In a blender, blend together lemongrass, scallions, garlic, and a few tablespoons of water until smooth. While you could mince the ingredients with a knife, using a blender saves time and avoids any uncomfortable lumps in the marinade.
  • Marinate the pork belly with this mixture, fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk. Let the meat rest for at least 1 hour, or ideally overnight. Before cooking, remove it from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Pan-grilling:

  • Preheat your grill pan over medium-low heat.
  • Pan-fry each side of the pork belly for 7-9 minutes.

Air-frying:

  • Cook the pork belly in the air fryer for 10 minutes on each side at 390°F (200°C).

How to serve:

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