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Mu Ping | Thai Grill Pork on Skewers

Thai Grilled Pork | Mu Ping | หมูปิ้ง


  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x

Description

Thai grilled pork, mu ping, is the perfect dish for those trying Thai food for the first time or long-time fans! It’s packed with flavor and fun to grill!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 lb or so of boneless pork shoulder, aka pork butt (at my grocery stork when I ask for it they lead me to pork carnitas meat, which is the same thing but cheaper and what I use), cut into bite-sized, 1/2 in. thick pieces
  • 4 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro stems (or cilantro roots if you can find them at your Asian store, but I can’t usually)
  • 10 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 tbsp of white pepper powder, or white peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Thai light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda, to help tenderize the meat
  • 1/2 c coconut milk, to brush the meat with
  • Bamboo skewers soaked ahead of time for a few hours

Instructions

  1. Make the marinade by pounding together the cilantro stems or roots, garlic and white pepper powder or peppercorns in a mortar and pestle. Or if you don’t have one, use a food processor.
  2. Place the pork, marinade paste, seasonings and baking soda in a bowl and refrigerate for around 4 hours or so.
  3. Thread around 7-8 pieces of pork onto the skewers stacked tightly on top of each other like bricks—stacking the meat this way helps keep the meat moist.
  4. Grill over medium coals, or if you want to do it more Thai-style, use wood charcoal. If you don’t have a charcoal grill, use what you’ve got and know it might taste different from the streets of Thailand, but it’s still going to be delicious!
  5. While grilling, occasionally brush the coconut milk over pork.
  6. You want the pork to end up with nice charred bits on the outside, and to be cooked through on the inside.
  7. Serve with sticky rice.
  8. Enjoy!!

Notes

Recipe slightly modified from my favorite Thai cooking website, shesimmers.com