If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for light summer dishes, that don’t compromise on filling flavor, then this recipe is a must. It’s a savory, crisp, low carb, no-fuss dinner that won’t weigh you down.
Actually, this recipe is incredibly similar to the Smoked Pork Vermicelli Bowls I posted back in April, which is the first time I used 5 Spice as a rub. I cannot adequately convey to you how eye-rolling delectable the marriage of smoke and 5 Spice is. It’s something you will need to experience for yourself. I’m totally addicted to it now and find myself inventing any reason to slather a slab of anything with 5 Spice, tossing it on my offset, and smoking it slow and low for several hours. So, brace yourself for a bit of recipe redundancy because smoked 5 Spice meals are gonna be hanging out in my kitchen indefinitely.
2 bone-in pork chops, marinated per linked recipe above
2 servings vermicelli noodles, chilled
2 servings of fresh lettuce leaves
Any combination of fresh herbs and raw veg
Nuoc Cham and Thai Bird chilies to taste
Roasted Peanuts, crushed
These pork chops were marinated and seasoned exactly like the pork tenderloin in the recipe linked above, and then tossed on the grill until the internal temp reached 155 degrees. The chops were then rested about 15 minutes, sliced, and served dressed with a generous splash of Nuoc Cham. Since I had an abundance of lettuce growing in my little container garden, I harvested that along with a handful of fresh sugar snap peas, mint, basil, and Thai Bird Chilies. A generous serving of buttered vermicelli noodles rounded the salad out, along with the horseradish crunch of sliced radishes. Top with crushed peanuts, if desired.
We ate this meal under the stars with our hands at the picnic table, as the pup circled our feet begging for samples, while fireflies flickered about the lawn looking for a little kai kai. And, yes, I quite unladylike gnawed on that bone after finishing my salad. So, don’t be shy, pick that bone up and get messy with it! The fireflies won’t mind.