Grilled Vietnamese Style Pork Chops
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- see below
12 T fresh lemon grass*
4 cloves garlic minced
1 T honey
2 T nuoc man* *( you can substitute soy sauce)
juice of 2 or 3 limes- depending on size- you want about 1/3 cup juice
1 t fresh ground pepper
2T chopped mint, thai basil, and cilantro- equal parts
4 country style pork chops- or the chops of your choice
5You want the meat to be slightly pink -and still juicy. Watch carefully- so not to burn- and move to a cooler part of the grill if necessary. When done, and while the meat rests for a few minutes you can heat up the *reserved marinade and boil on high until it is reduced and thickened some. Spoon the juices over the pork and sprinkle the fresh herbs. Serve with lime wedges.
7Trouble finding the right herbs? In some markets you can find the lemon grass in a tube in the produce section. The mint, cilantro and Thai basil can usually also be found in a clear hanging package in the produce section. If you cannot find fresh you may use dried but try finding the fresh, so much better ! (You can sub. regular basil for Thai Basil, the TB is a little stronger and a little bit spicier than regular basil. * You can also check out your local stores that carry bedding plants, many will have these in stock. I have a huge herb bed and grow all of these items because we use them in so many things. Here is a picture of my herb garden !