Pork chargrilled in bamboo

Pork chargrilled in bamboo

By
From
Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong
Serves
4
Photographer
Stuart Scott

I travelled an hour north of Chiang Khong to Lahu village, home to the Hmong people, to meet Yoda, who promised to show me his favourite local pork dish — one cooked in bamboo. But first I had to chop down a tall bamboo tree, with only a small blunt machete! It was taking so long that I was expecting Yoda to say, “Use the force, Luke!” Cooking in bamboo imparts a great herbaceous, earthy €flavour to food. If you don’t happen to have a bamboo tree in your backyard, you can make this dish in an earthenware clay pot.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
50cm length of large bamboo, optional
1-2 banana leaves

Filling

Quantity Ingredient
500g pork loin, finely sliced
3 lemongrass stems, finely chopped, white part only
110g finely chopped red asian shallots
6 cm piece fresh galangal, peeled and finely sliced
5 dried red chillies, chopped
1 tablespoon sea salt

To garnish

Quantity Ingredient
2 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
1 long red chilli, julienned
1 handful thai basil leaves

Method

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the filling ingredients and 375†ml water. Mix well.
  2. If using bamboo to cook this dish, open out one end of the bamboo and place the filling inside. Roll up two banana leaves, fold them in half, then use them to close the bamboo opening. Cook the bamboo over a medium–hot charcoal fire, placing the bamboo over the grill at an angle of 45 †degrees. Cook for 30 †minutes, rotating the bamboo every 10† minutes.
  3. Alternatively, soak the lid and bowl of a clay pot in water for 15† minutes. Place the filling in the clay pot and set it on the stovetop. Bring to the boil, skimming o˜ff any impurities, then reduce the heat to medium–low. Cover the surface of the filling with one banana leaf, cutting it to fit as necessary. Cover and cook for 20 †minutes.
  4. Empty the pork mixture onto a serving platter. Garnish with the kaffir lime leaves, chilli and basil and serve.
Tags:
Greater
Mekong
Luke
Nguyen
Red
Lantern
Vietnam
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East
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