My 12 year old son said “This is the best lunch I’ve had since remote learning started at home”. So I figured that this is one meal that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to his dial during what has been an ordinary time in lockdown. It’s a healthy, colourful way to get that important nutrition into my boys.
I’ve discovered that one of our locals Trang Le has recently launched a range of marinades and sauces here. Trang runs a few businesses under the Trang Hue Cuisine brand; a Vietnamese restaurant, a food truck catering and more.
I am in love with the BBQ Marinade sauce which means Trang has created an authentic marinade and saved you time so you can put together this dish very quickly. The lemongrass is so fragrant and it gives the meat flavour a good zing. The suggestion on the bottle is to use pork or chicken. You can order these products from anywhere in Australia too!
The salad ingredients can be whatever your kids like to eat, and you could use the Trang Hue salad dressing which is gentle or you could make a spicy Nuoc Cham sauce which I’ve found a favourite combination that works for my family (below).
Prep time: 20 mins (plus overnight for marinating pork) – Cook time: 10 mins
Ingredients – Serves 4
1 Kg Pork shoulder, cut into 2cm x 2cm cubes (ask your butcher to do this)
1 jar of Trang Hue BBQ marinade sauce
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 packet of vermicelli noodles or rice based noodle.
Vegetables and garnishes to fill your bowl
3-4 Cucumbers, shred or julienne
2-3 Carrots, shred or julienne
Half Capsicum, cut into fine strips
Half Iceberg lettuce, shredded
Optional: Pickling ingredients for carrots and cucumber
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup sugar
A handful mint leaves or coriander, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
1 fresh lime, to serve
Spicy Sauce (Nuoc Cham)
1/4 cup hot water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp fish sauce
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice to taste
1-2 teaspoons of chilli paste
Note: For little kids, slice the pork cubes finely and they will be delicate tender pieces of pork for them to eat.