While travelling in Vietnam, Jon and I had the pleasure of enjoying what we would call the BEST sandwich we have ever had. This sounds crazy that a sandwich could be so epic, but if any of you have been to Vietnam or tried a Banh Mi, you may understand what we are talking about! This deliciousness is so simple yet hits every taste bud in a truly epic way. The pork used in it is also pretty amazing on it’s own, served with a side of rice and stir fried vegetables. So we have put the recipe below for a great mid week meal high in protein and even bigger on flavour! This recipe was passed our way from our good friend, Dan Graham, who made it a few weeks ago and had everyone raving about it. We adapted it slightly but it is definitely easy and worth making any day of the week!
Vietnamese Spiced Pork Tenderloin (makes 6 servings):
1200g of pork tenderloin, boneless, white gristle removed
1/4 cup of rice vinegar
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp sriracha
1 tsp black pepper, finely ground
1 tsp chinese 5 spice powder
1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
1) Combine all ingredients except the pork and oil in a bowl and mix well.
2) Score the pork in shallow 1/8 inch deep cuts, 1 inch apart on a diagonal all along the pork, then the other way on a diagonal on the same side. Flip it over and do the same on the other side (see video http://foodwishes.blogspot.ca/2016/01/pan-roasted-5-spice-pork-loin-pleasing.html).
3) Place the scored meat in the marinade, getting it in all the creases on both sides, then cover and let marinate for at least 30 mins.
4) Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat and cook about 5 mins per side or until browned on the outside. Once at the final stages of cooking on the second side, baste the pork with some more marinade. Flip back over and brush the other side too. Make sure the pork is cooked through and then set aside to rest. Rest for 5 mins before slicing thinly. Serve a top some steamed rice with a side of sauteed veggies or save some and make our Banh Mi (recipe to come) for a special treat!
Macronutrient Breakdown (per serving):