For a smashing weeknight meal that’s packed with flavour and ready in under 30 minutes, this Vietnamese pork mince stir-fry ticks all the boxes.
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Combine the fish sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemongrass and garlic in a bowl.
Spray a large wok or frying pan generously with oil spray. Add eggplant. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins or until golden and tender. Remove and set aside.
Spray wok again. Add the mince and stir-fry for 5 mins or until the mince changes colour and any liquid evaporates.
Add the onion, chilli and coriander stems. Stir-fry for 2 mins or until aromatic. Return eggplant to pan with fish sauce mixture. Stir-fry for 2 mins or until mixture is heated through.
Serve stir-fry with rice or noodles. Garnish with coriander and mint leaves.
With hallmark ingredients of punchy Vietnamese cooking – think lemongrass, garlic, chilli, fish sauce and soy – partnered with sizzling stir-fried pork mince and tender, golden eggplant, this Vietnamese pork mince stir-fry recipe is a sure-fire winner. Dished up over a tangle of noodles or fluffy steamed rice, this pork mince stir-fry is a super simple yet satisfying dinner.
One of the secrets to making this easy Vietnamese pork stir-fry is to use vibrant ingredients. Seek out the freshest herbs, spring onion, chilli and lemongrass you can find, as well as a firm, shiny eggplant that feels heavy for its size with a glistening skin. The perfectly balanced sweet-spicy sauce also adds mountains of flavour. When stir-fried with the mince and eggplant, the other ingredients will soak up the sauce for mouthwatering results. You can use a large frying pan to cook this recipe, but using a wok is the better option, as the conical shape of the wok helps trap the heat and speed up the cooking process.
The beauty of this pork mince stir-fry recipe is that it’s easy to adapt based on whatever ingredients you have on hand. We’ve used pork mince as it’s a great-value ingredient that’s perfect for bulking out meals for less, but you could also use an alternative such as pork fillet or chicken mince. You could also add extra vegetables – carrots, capsicum, snow peas, beans or broccoli would all work well, and add an extra dose of nutrition to your meal. When it comes to what to serve with stir-fried pork mince, you can opt for brown or white rice, or perhaps even quinoa, or any noodles you have in your pantry. Coriander and Vietnamese mint are the natural herb choice for Vietnamese dishes, but you could also add Asian basil, betel leaves or even just toss through some spinach. Feel free to dial up the heat with extra chilli if you like (either fresh or with a vibrant chilli oil), and add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime for good measure.
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