There are endless meal combinations you can make with a protein, rice, and vegetables, but this Pork Poke Bowl is up there with one of our favorites. Dreading that post lunchtime lull? Then you really can’t go wrong with this umami, zesty flavor combo to give you that added protein kick. The star of the show is the deliciously salty pork shoulder, combined with crunchy veggies and fresh herbs. This recipe is so easy to make and we’re confident that you’ll love it just as much as we did!

Vietnamese Pork Poke Bowl (DF)

Serves 4 | Calories 535 | Fat 16g | Carbs 64.5 g | Protein 27 g 



For the pork:

  • 1 lb. pork shoulder thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or neutral tasting oil
  • juice of one lime
  • black pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • juice of one lime
  • crushed red pepper to taste

For the bowls:

  • 4 cups chopped fresh lettuce
  • 250g rice vermicelli noodles cooked and cooled (a standard package size)
  • 1 cucumber halved or quartered and sliced
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced or cut julienne
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • chopped peanuts for garnish (optional)


  1. Add the pork and all the marinade ingredients to a large tray or container. Allow marinating for at least 24 hours or up to three days (you can also freeze it for a longer time).
  2. Cook the pork on high heat in a heavy skillet, such as cast iron, shaking off any excess marinade as you remove it from the bag. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until seared and fully cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, divide the bowl ingredients into four bowls, layering the lettuce, noodles, carrots, cucumbers, and herbs.
  4. Mix together ingredients for sauce/dressing.
  5. Top each bowl with equal amounts of pork and garnish with chopped peanuts. Pour sauce on top of each bowl just before eating.
  6. Enjoy!




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