Vietnamese Pork Chops 
With Pickled Watermelon

Vietnamese Pork Chops 
With Pickled Watermelon
This dish is a bold mix of salty, sweet, and acidic components. Crunchy slabs of melon and sharp greens keep it fresh; meaty chops provide depth. The watermelon rind is what gives this recipe a punch of flavour and makes it so good.
Ingredients
  • Pork Chops
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced into rings
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Sriracha
  • 4 1"-thick bone-in pork chops 
(about 2 ½ lb. total)
  • Salad
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups trimmed arugula
  • ½ pound seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into pieces, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Pickled Watermelon Rind (click for recipe), thinly sliced
Directions
  1. Pork Chops
  2. Whisk shallots, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and Sriracha in a shallow baking dish. Add pork chops and turn to coat. Cover and chill, turning occasionally, 
at least 1 hour.
  3. Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Remove pork chops from marinade, scraping off excess, and grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Salad
  5. Heat 4 Tbsp. oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain; season with salt.
  6. Whisk vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add Arugula salad greens, watermelon, and Pickled Watermelon 
Rind; season with salt and pepper and toss gently to coat.
  7. Serve pork chops with watermelon salad topped with fried shallots.
Notes
Pork chops can be 
marinated 12 hours ahead. Keep chilled. The pickled watermelon rind makes this recipe as it gives it a punch of flavor. If making pickled watermelon Rind this recipe also asks for a 12 hour marinating time.

 

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