Vietnamese Pork Chops – Thit Heo Nuong

One of my favorite things in Vietnamese cuisine is fish sauce. It’s one ingredient that I would never attempt to substitute. This amber colored liquid is a staple in the Vietnamese diet. I usually stock up on this each time I go to an Asian market, though recently I’ve noticed that our local Food Lion carries the Squid brand fish sauce. It costs significantly more there, but it’s nice to know I can get it here if I run out and don’t want to drive for an hour to get it. If you are looking for fish sauce, check your International food aisle…it’s possible they might have it there.

For those of you who would like to try Vietnamese foods but do not like spicy dishes, this would be a good place to start. This recipe is very easy, flavorful and won’t set your mouth on fire…in fact it’s not spicy at all. 🙂

You will need:

6-8 pork chops

2 Tbsp sugar

1 large onion, minced

6 cloves of garlic, finely minced or crushed

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

4 Tbsp fish sauce

Combine all ingredients in shallow dish and let marinate at least one hour

Coat pan with oil and cook until meat is thoroughly cooked

Continue to cook until pork and onions begin to brown. This can also be made on the grill.

Serve with rice and veggies for a delicious and healthy meal! 🙂

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