Isaan Style pork salad nam dtok

Spicy Pork Salad With Mint Recipe (Nam Tok)


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Thai salads tend to look quite a bit different from western salads. They often have less vegetables, and are based around meat. This recipe consists of thinly sliced marinated pork shoulder blade, mixed with a variety of herbs, spices, and vegetables. The end results is a spicy and sour, flavour packed dish that tastes great.

You can eat this dish with sticky rice and some fresh vegetables, and it is a healthy and tasty and meal that is ready in about half an hour.

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For The Pork 


Isaan Grilled Pork Ingredients List

  • 300g pork shoulder blade
  • 3 tbsp fresh milk
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For The Salad 


nam dtok ingredients list


  • 1 sliced shallot
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp crushed roasted rice
  • 1 chopped red bird eye chilli
  • 1/2 tbsp dried crushed chilli flakes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice

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Step 1: First we need to prepare the pork. Place 300g of pork shoulder blade into a mixing bowl, and add 3 tbsp of soy sauce. 2 tbsp of oyster sauce, 3 tbsp of fresh milk, 1 1/2 tbsp of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Mix everything together and rub the marinate into the pork, and leave to marinade for at least 1 hour. (The longer the better)

marinating the pork

Step 2: Now grill the pork on a medium heat for about 15 minutes on each side depending on how thick your cut of pork is. Make sure that the pork is browned on the outside.

grilled pork shoulder blade

Step 3: Once the pork is cooked, thinly slice it, and place in a mixing bowl. Then add 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice, 1 1/2 tbsp of fish sauce, 1/2 tbsp dried crushed chilli flakes, 1 chopped red bird eye chilli, 1 tbsp chopped spring onion, 1 sliced shallot, 1 tbsp chopped coriander, and 1 tbsp crushed roasted rice. Mix everything together thoroughly, then pour in 1/2 cup of mint leaves, briefly mix, then serve and enjoy!

spicy mint pork salad

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  • Isaan Style pork salad nam dtok

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