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How To Prepare Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Steaks ?


Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 6 mins

Serving: 4


  • 500g/1 lb pork shoulder , skinless and boneless, or pork scotch (roast or steaks)
  • 3 tbsp canola oil


  • 2 lemongrass stalks , white part only, bruised, cut into 1 cm / 0.4″ slices on angle
  • 4 garlic cloves , finely minced
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (all purpose or light NOT dark soy)
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar (tightly packed tablespoons)
  • 3 tbsp oil (canola, vegetable, peanut)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda/bi-carb , for tenderising


  1. Cut pork into 8 equal, thinnish slices of pork. I find it easiest using the knife on a 45° angle, but if you have the right shape piece you can just cut straight down.
  2. Pound each steak to 5mm / 0.2" thickness using the scary side of a meat mallet (jagged, not flat), using go-between (Note 5) or a freezer bag to avoid damaging the meat. (You can use baking paper for rolling pin or the flat side of the mallet.)
  3. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl, it will fizz when the baking soda is added! Add pork then toss well to coat using tongs. Transfer to a ziplock bag and marinate for 24 hours.
  4. Remove pork from the marinade and brush off the lemongrass pieces. Discard marinade – it's done its job!
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat until you see wisps of smoke. Add 1 1/2 tbsp oil, then cook half the pork for 1 1/2 minutes on one side and 1 minute on the other side until nicely charred. Remove onto a plate. Scrape pan clean of loose black bits then cook the remaining pork.
  6. Serve! Make Pork Noodle Bowls (bun thit nuong) or serve with rice and a side salad.
Posted by Coba Grills and we thank RecipeTin Eats for this delicious recipe and the recipe link