Vietnamese Grilled Pork Skewers


For this dish, we need to prepare two things (1) the grilled pork, and (2) the dipping sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 38 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound pork belly, cubed

  • 1 fresh red chile pepper, minced

  • 3 stalks lemongrass, minced

  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • bamboo skewers

Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ cup fish sauce

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 fresh red chile pepper, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG), or to taste

  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine pork belly, 1 red chile pepper, lemongrass, 3 tablespoons fish sauce, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon MSG, 1 teaspoon white sugar, and five-spice powder in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until marinated, 1 to 3 hours.

  2. Mix 1/4 cup fish sauce, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 red chile pepper, lime juice, 5 cloves garlic, and 1 teaspoon MSG together in a bowl. Let sit until dipping sauce flavors meld, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Pour in water.

  3. Thread the marinated pork belly onto bamboo skewers.

  4. Preheat grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Cook pork skewers, turning occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Cook's Note:

You can use pork butt in place of pork belly if desired. Grilling over charcoal is best.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

201 Calories
11g Fat
15g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 2020mg 88%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 333mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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