Pork ribs braised with peanuts and lemongrass

Pork ribs braised with peanuts and lemongrass

Xôi thịt hòn

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Real Vietnamese Cooking
Serves
6
Photographer
Michael Fountoulakis

We found this dish at a tiny breakfast stall in Hue. Very popular with the locals, the stall sold out by 8 am. These rich, heavily scented pork ribs were a great start to a long day touring the Perfume River.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.5kg pork ribs, cut by your butcher into 5 cm lengths
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 lemongrass stems, white part only
vegetable oil, for pan-frying
6 red asian shallots, finely diced
3cm fresh galangal, finely chopped
1 tablespoon rice wine
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
60ml soy sauce
160g unsalted peanuts, roasted and crushed
Sticky rice, to serve

Method

  1. Place the pork in a shallow tray. Combine the fish sauce, sugar and pepper and pour over the ribs, tossing to coat. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes
  2. Crush two of the lemongrass stems and set aside. Finely chop the remaining two lemongrass stems and set aside.
  3. Heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and sauté the shallot for 2 minutes. Add the chopped lemongrass and galangal and cook for a further 1 minute, until fragrant.
  4. In a separate frying pan, heat another 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat and brown the ribs in batches. Add the ribs to the shallot mixture.
  5. Deglaze the frying pan the ribs were browned in by adding the rice wine and vinegar, stirring to loosen any cooked-on bits. Add this mixture to the saucepan, along with the soy sauce, crushed peanuts and the reserved crushed lemongrass.
  6. Add enough water to cover the ribs. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the meat is tender.
  7. Serve with sticky rice.
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