Thịt Heo Nướng Nguyên Tảng Recipe

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Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang is a Vietnamese grilled dish using a whole pork shoulder. This grilled pork shoulder has captured many hearts in Vietnam thanks to its rich flavor and texture.

I’ll unlock all secrets of the Vietnamese grilled pork shoulder recipe, from its definition to the necessary tools and ingredients. Moreover, the step-by-step making instructions and preparation tips will help you make this grilled pork shoulder easier.

Not to mention, 2 sections about serving accompaniments and other Vietnamese grilled dishes will broaden your knowledge about Vietnamese cuisine. This detailed post is the right place to know about Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang.

So, let’s dive right in!

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What Is Vietnamese Grilled Pork Shoulder (Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang)?

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang is a Vietnamese pork dish that grills a whole pork shoulder. “Nuong Nguyen Tang” refers to grilling a whole piece or chunk.

Therefore, this grilled pork shoulder dish in Vietnamese style will bring you a large portion of pork shoulder instead of small cuts or slices. While grilled pork is a great choice for lunch or dinner, it doesn’t require complicated ingredients.

Which Ingredients Do I Need for Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang?

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang’s ingredients are simple and easy to find. You may be slightly shocked when looking at the marinade list, but don’t worry; these components are available in all grocery stores:

  • Lean shoulder meat: Feel free to use other meat cuts based on your preferences.

For the Marinade:

  • Spices: Five-spice powder, ground pepper, Kosher salt, red pepper powder, sugar
  • Herbs: Thyme, shallot, garlic, cilantro roots, lemongrass
  • Cashew nut oil: To create golden color for grilled pork shoulder
  • Dark soy sauce, wine, fresh milk: For more flavors
Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Ingredients

Not just ingredients, you also won’t have any difficulty preparing the tools for a Vietnamese-based grilled pork shoulder.

Does Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Require Any Special Tools?

Luckily, Thit Heo Nuong doesn’t demand any special or complicated tools. Here are the tools you need and their uses in creating this grilled pork shoulder.

  • Oven: To grill the pork shoulder
  • Food processor: To prepare the lemongrass juice
  • Mixing bowl with a lid/Container with a lid: To marinate the meat
  • Eco-friendly disposable plastic gloves: To cover your hands when mixing
  • Aluminum foil: To cover the meat before grilling.
Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Tools

When you have prepared all the necessary ingredients and tools, it’s time to start making this grilled pork shoulder delight in Vietnamese methods.

How to Make Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang?

To make Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang, you only need to follow a simple procedure: Prepare the ingredients, marinate the meat, and grill it. I’ve described each step in detail with fitting illustrations.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Pulse lemongrass, garlic, shallot, and cilantro roots in the food processor with 4 teaspoons of water. Blend until smooth and extract the juice!

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 1 Prepare the Ingredients

Step 2: Marinate the Meat

Marinate the shoulder meat with milk, dark soy sauce, cashew oil, wine, five-spice powder, Kosher salt, ground pepper, sugar, and red pepper powder.

Add the extracted lemongrass juice to the pork.

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 2 Marinate the Meat

Wear hand gloves and mix all components until well combined. Marinate the pork for at least 45 minutes so the meat absorbs all flavors and becomes tender.

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Step 3: Grill the Meat

After the marinating time, preheat your oven to 400°F (about 200°C) for several minutes.

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 3 Grill the Meat

Grill the shoulder meat at 400°F (about 200°C) for 15 minutes.

Then, flip the meat, add ½ garlic bulb to the oven, and grill it for another 15 minutes at the same temperature.

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Once both sides are grilled until golden, line the aluminum foil on a tray and transfer the pork to that tray with thyme and the grilled garlic.

Wrap the meat tightly with the foil so it covers all sides.

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Return the meat to the oven and continue grilling for an hour at 356°F (about 180°C).

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Step 4: Finalize The Meat

When the meat finishes grilling, take it out for your luscious BBQ party!

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 4 Finalize the Meat
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However, these comprehensive steps are not everything I want to tell you. There are still several tips and tricks to make your treat with grilled pork even tastier.

Do You Have Any Trick for Cooking Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang?

Of course, I have several tricks to elevate your Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang, including how to grill it. Let’s find out in the list below:

  • Preheating your oven will stabilize its operating temperature from the beginning of the grilling process, making your dish tastier.
  • At least wrap your pork shoulder in 2 layers of aluminum foil to keep the meat tightly sealed and prevent it from burning when grilling!
  • I’ve calculated the suitable amount of seasonings for this grilled meat. But feel free to adjust them to your liking.

With these tricks, your Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang has reached its pinnacle. The only thing left is looking for other dishes to serve with this grilled pork shoulder.

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What to Serve with Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang?

I’ve prepared 2 side dishes to serve with your Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang. They are all pickles to reduce the greasiness when eating this grilled pork shoulder:

  • Vietnamese carrots and daikon pickles (Đồ Chua): A bit of sourness will help reduce the greasiness when eating grilled dishes. These pickles also appear in other Vietnamese delicacies like Vietnamese-style chicken sandwich or Vietnamese broken rice and pork ribs.
  • Vietnamese mustard greens pickles (Dưa Chua): Another pickle but using mustard greens instead. This one often appears on the dining tables during the Vietnamese New Year holiday (Tet).

Besides these side dishes, Vietnam also has several other grilled dishes with different ingredients.

Do You Know Other Vietnamese Grilled Dishes?

Vietnamese has many grilled dishes other than this crispy delicacy. 4 names below are the most well-loved dishes in Vietnam:

  • Vietnamese grilled pork meatballs with noodles (Bún Chả): Bún Chả, or Bun Cha, comes from Ha Noi, Vietnamese capital city. It has now become the local favorite in every region.
  • Vietnamese-style sausage made with grilled pork (Nem Nướng): This recipe is a specialty of Khanh Hoa, a Southern Central Vietnamese city. Its basic ingredients are ground pork, pork paste, and pork fat.
  • Vietnamese grilled pork noodle and salad (Bún Thịt Nướng): This salad is similar to Bun Cha in terms of ingredients. However, when eating, you need to mix all ingredients together and pour the dipping sauce over.
  • Vietnamese grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves (Bò Nướng Lá Lốt): This grilled beef is a part of the multi-course beef served 7 ways (Bo 7 Mon). Unlike other grilled dishes, this one wraps the meat in betel leaves before grilling for more aroma and flavor.

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Will Be The Star in Your Next BBQ Party

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang presents an appealing combination of flavors and textures. This Vietnamese grilled pork offers an unforgettable eating experience due to its spice mixture and smoky flavor.

Share your own experiences with Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang in the comments below. And why stop there? If this grilled pork shoulder has sparked a flame in your food-loving heart, like and spread this recipe far and wide.

Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Shoulder (Thịt Heo Nướng Nguyên Tảng)

Once you’ve eaten Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang, you can’t forget its flavor. So, let’s recreate this grilled pork shoulder in your kitchen with this thorough instruction.
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Course: Main dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 276kcal

Ingredients

  • 2.2 pounds 1 kilogram of lean pork shoulder
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon of five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cashew oil
  • 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of wine
  • 0.7 ounces 20 grams of shallot, garlic, and cilantro roots
  • 3.5 tablespoons 15 grams of lemongrass
  • 3.5 tablespoons 20ml of fresh milk
  • 0.5 garlic bulb

Instructions 

  • Blend lemongrass with garlic, shallot, cilantro roots, and 4 teaspoons of water in a food processor until smooth.
    Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 1 Prepare the Ingredients
  • Marinate the pork with milk, dark soy sauce, cashew oil, wine, five-spice powder, Kosher salt, ground pepper, sugar, and red pepper powder.
  • Add the lemongrass juice to the marinade.
    Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 2 Marinate the Meat
  • Mix all ingredients until well combined. Let the pork marinate for at least 45 minutes.
    Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 2 Marinate the Meat1
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
    Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 3 Grill the Meat
  • Grill the pork for 15 minutes.
  • Afterward, flip the meat and add the garlic bulb. Grill it for another 15 minutes.
    Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 3 Grill the Meat1
  • Once all sides turn beautiful golden, line your baking tray with aluminum foil and transfer the pork to the tray with thyme and garlic.
  • Wrap the pork with the foil. Make sure it covers all sides of the meat and place it back in the oven.
    Thit Heo Nuong Nguyen Tang Step 3 Grill the Meat2
  • Lower the heat to 356°F (about 180°C) and grill the meat for an hour.
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Notes

  • The cooking time is calculated based on 4 servings.
  • Make sure to preheat your oven before grilling to stabilize the grilling temperature.
  • Use at least 2 layers of aluminum foil for the best result.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning to suit your palate.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 833mg | Potassium: 640mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
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Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

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Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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