Vietnamese Pork Salad

At the food hall in David Jones in the city, they have this amazing vietnamese pork salad that I normally end up having once a week.  Actually, all their salads are amazing, but this one is my favourite.  The prices aren’t too bad either, at $8.50 for a small salad they stuff the container full, to the point where I think they might not be able to close the lid.  But this week, I thought I might try and recreate the pork salad at home, and here is what I came up with.  The dressing is similar to the sauce that I tried at Apple Daily a couple of days ago, a sweet and salty sauce called Nuoc Cham. I was a bit lazy with the sauce and used already minced garlic and chilli flakes, because I had forgotten about the dressing when I went to the shops, and I just could not be bothered going back.  Forgive me! 

Ingredients

Salad

  • 500g pork mince
  • 1/2 red cabbage 
  • 1/2 green cabbage
  • 1 red chilli (or two if you’re feeling brave)
  • Spring onion, to taste
  • 1 large bunch of coriander
  • A handful of peanuts

Nuoc Cham Dressing

  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons of chilli flakes (to taste)
  • 100ml fish sauce
  • 100g of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Juice of 2 limes

Method

  1. Make the dressing by making a paste out of the chilli and garlic in a mortar and pestle.  This wont work as well if you have used minced garlic and chilli flakes like I did.  I persevered anyway, because it made me feel more legitimate. 
  2. Put this in a bowl with all the other dressing ingredients, stir until sugar dissolves.  
  3. Heat some oil in a pan and cook the pork until just cooked. Add about 3/4 of your dressing, turn down the heat, and allow the sauce to reduce
  4. Chop up the cabbage, chilli, spring onion, coriander, and peanuts, and put it all in a bowl.  I chopped up the chilli and shook it up in a container because there was a lot of seeds stuck to the chilli, and I didn’t want a huge mouthful of them. 
  5. Once the sauce has reduced, pop the pork into the salad and pour the rest of the dressing on top.

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Pretty colourful cabbage!

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My mortar and pestle was a bit of a fail

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Feelin’ hot hot hot!

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Chilli, spring onion, coriander

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Dispersed seeds for palate safety

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Voila!

 

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