Grilled pork neck with a spicy sour sauce, recipe by David Thompson

My darling and always hungry wife S and I are big Thai food fans. Which means (quite automatically) that we’re big, big fans of Chef David Thompson. No chef has done more to teach us non-Thais about really good, authentic Thai food than David. So, when we heard that David’s latest restaurant, Nahm, located in the always chic lobby of The Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok, was finally opening its doors last Saturday, we jumped at the chance to be among its first guests.

We flew up to Bangkok on Friday via a very crowded Cathay Pacific flight. We were originally going to be quite boring and stay in that night, ordering up some room service (to say we had a very long week at the office would have been a gross understatement). But to our great fortune, David was able to extract himself from the restaurant for a few hours and invited us, along with a few other friends, to head out to a street stall just a short walk from The Met. I love David’s Thai Street Food . It’s a book I just love flipping through. So there was no way (no matter how tired we were), either S or I were going to turn down the offer to head out on the streets of the City of Angels with the book’s author.

We had a fabulous meal. One of the dishes I enjoyed most was a lovely plate of grilled pork neck–one of my all-time favourite cuts of what I’ve previously declared is my favourite type of meat.

The following day, S and I had lunch with an old friend who is now working in the kitchens of the Grand Hyatt Bangkok. He hosted us to a really sensational lunch at the Erawan Tea Room (an old favourite of mine). The chef, Khun Fat, whipped up several dishes for us that weren’t on the menu. Everything was great but the two that really stood out were a platter of curried softshelled crabs fried with scrambled eggs and a lip-smackingly good chargrilled pork neck coated with a thick, delicious sweet, slightly sour and spicy sauce (pictured left; photo taken with Blackberry 9700).

Since coming back to Singapore, I’ve been thinking of making my own chargrilled pork neck at home. So, earlier in the week, I popped over to Huber’s, where I get all my meat, and picked up a giant slab of pork neck. I decided not to get the Kurobuta but to just buy the normal Aussie pork neck — I didn’t want the meat to be too fatty.

I then did what I guess one does when you are a bit shameless and have chef friends. I pestered David Thompson into giving me some pointers on what to do with the pork neck. Gentleman that he is, David emailed over some quick instructions plus the ingredients for a yummy, piquant sauce for the pork. David suggested marinating the pork for a bit with some fish sauce and sugar. I decided to be a tad extremist and let the pork marinate overnight. He then advised to grill the pork over low heat, cooking it slowly and evenly. I preheated my Miele indoor barbecue and popped two slabs of the pork neck (which I had trimmed to be about 3 inches in diameter) on it for about 50 minutes, turning it every 15 minutes or so.

Here’s the sauce recipe David sent over.



The sauce had a lovely, hot, spicy, sour taste. I have to admit I like my sauces a bit sweet so I added a teaspoon of palm sugar to it. We paired the pork, as suggested by David, with some sticky rice (well, actually we made “sushi rice” but close enough). We served this dish as the amuse bouche at a dinner party we hosted this weekend. It was very well-received and I’m definitely making this again. Even if it’s just as a snack for myself.

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

25 comments on “Grilled pork neck with a spicy sour sauce, recipe by David Thompson
  1. I am glad that now so many good and exciting things happening here in here.. At the moment, we are having the “World Gourmet Festival” at the Four Seasons. Bangkok deserves better.

    I look forward to reading your next post about “Nahm”

  2. Any special things when dealing with pork neck? Possibly the strain on the beast… but horse neck was terribly terribly tough (as sashimi). That’s the only known “neck” I’ve been served.

  3. I found your blog from reading the August 2010 Readers Digest. Your article was on cooking with kids. This is an excellant idea. Because cooking and food is the secret to bonding with our kids and teaching them everything from math to hyniene and living skills. I am pursuing this idea through my blog to share these ideas with all parents and caregivers.

  4. Thanks for a great recipe. I have got the pork neck and the long coriander ( I grow it :)) I am just puzzled by the ground toasted rice – do you just pound some raw rice and ground it?

  5. For what you thought was going to be boring, turned out to be great. I like it when you can get to have good food and company. I would think that I would be on vacation like this.

  6. The dip recipe is really precious! I love collecting recipes for sauces and dips, as I truly think they “dress” up dishes tremendously. Question about toasted rice too. How do you prepare it?
    Can’t wait to read about the Namh

  7. What a fabulous blog!! Love the recipes and the photos are awesome! And pork neck…gotta love it! All power to the Men of the Kitchen!! Booyah!
    Peredur –

  8. Wow the meat is so pink and tender-looking, reminds me of corned beef. Not sure if I can get pork neck here in Sydney, is there any other cuts I can substitute it with?

  9. I was very disappointed in my dinner at Nahm on March 2, 2011. I chose to stay at the Met specifically to try out Nahm. The food was too spicy with not much Umami to make it an enjoyable meal. And I love chili! The duck was
    stringy. The other dishes forgettable. I preferred Thai street food over this meal.

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