Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Chops


  • For the Pork Chops:  ·   
  • Pork Chops, thin cut  ·  2 pounds 
  • Kosher salt  ·  1 teaspoon 
  • Lemongrass, tender core only, minced  ·  3 stalks 
  • Garlic, peeled  ·  4 cloves 
  • Herbie's White pepper  ·  2 teaspoons 
  • Shallot, chopped  ·  1 cup 
  • Herbies jaggery, chopped, or ground finely  ·  1/3 cup 
  • Neutral oil  ·  2 tablespoons 
  • Fish sauce  ·  1/4 cup 
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  • For the sauce (Nuoc Cham)  ·   
  • Fish Sauce  ·  1/3 cup 
  • Lime Juice  ·  1/2 cup 
  • Brown Sugar  ·  1/3 cup 
  • Sambal Chili Sauce  ·  2 tablespoons 
  •  ·   
  • For the Sprout Salad  ·   
  • Shredded Carrot  ·  1 cup 
  • Shredded Daikon Radish  ·  1 cup 
  • Mung Bean Sprout  ·  1 cup 
  • Chopped Cilantro  ·  2 tablespoons 
  • Crumbled Cashews  ·  1/4 cup 


For the Pork:

Add salt, lemongrass, shallot, garlic, jaggery, and ground white pepper to mortar and pestle and create a paste, or alternately use a food processor.

Rub paste all over the pork chops and place in a ziploc bag to marinate overnight or at least 6 hours.

Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together and set aside.

Preheat a grill, grill pan, or cast iron skillet over medium high heat.

Grill pork chops 4-5 minutes on the first side and 2-3 minutes on the second side, depending on the thickness of your chops until pork is still slightly pink in the center and registers 135 degrees on an instant read thermometer.

Serve over the sprout salad, drizzle generously with the Nuoc Cham sauce and top with chopped cilantro and crumbled cashews.

Alternatively you could serve over white rice with thinly sliced cucumbers and drizzle generously with the sauce.

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Jaggery is a colorful, tasty and a healthy sweetener. Produced by reducing sugar cane juice, the flavor is like soft brown sugar.