I marinated (actually the husband) 8 quick-fry pork chops for a couple of hours in a paste made with the prepared spices and some oil. I grilled them up quickly and served them with nuoc cham and some long beans with crab and shrimp paste.
From top to bottom: pork chops, nuoc cham, long beans
- 2 1/2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp. water
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 thai bird chili, minced (optional) -- I used chili flakes in oil
- 1-2 tbsp. shredded carrot
Mix all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved.
For the long beans, I stir-fried the long beans in garlic, 1 tbsp. crab paste, 1 tbsp. shrimp paste and 2 tbsp. oyster sauce.
What to serve with all of this? Rice, of course! It was an excellent meal :-)