Tasty grilled marinated pork served with rice vermicelli, pickled carrots, peanuts, greens with a special sauce.
Slice the pork shoulder into ¼ inch strips about 2-3 inches long then place in a large bowl.
Mince the shallots and garlic, place in a mixing bowl.
Cut the ends of the lemongrass stalk and save mostly the white part of the shoot. Peel away the dry, outer layers. Chop into ⅛ inch slices and then mash in a mortar and pestle. Add the lemongrass to the mixing bowl.
Add the black pepper, vegetable oil, sugar and soy sauce to the mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
Pour the marinade over the sliced pork and mix thoroughly until all the pork is well coated.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Follow the package instructions to cook the rice vermicelli. Once cooked and soft place in a colander and run cool water over it for 1 minute to stop the cooking process. Shake the colander to remove the excess water. Do not refrigerate it though, the noodles will stick together.
Portion the noodles into large soup bowls.
In a separate mixing bowl add the rice vinegar and ½ tsp sugar then stir to dissolve.
Shred the carrot into small strips and place in the vinegar and sugar mixture. Let sit in the mixture for at least 30 minutes. You can do this while the pork is marinating.
Take the cilantro, mint and perilla and rinse thoroughly in a colander and shake out the excess water. Chop away the stems, leave the tops whole and arrange in the portioned bowls with noodles.
Using a small non-reactive ceramic or glass bowl, combine the fish sauce, sugar, water, lime juice and sliced chilies. Stir to combine.
Pour the sauce into separate serving bowls to pour over each noodle bowl when serving.
Grill the pork on both sides using a grilling basket over charcoal, flame grill or an indoor grill pan. Cook on high heat until you get nice char marks on the pork and it is well done. Don't let it burn.
Add the grilled pork to the portioned noodle bowl along with the greens, carrots. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and pour over the dressing.