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Moo Ping (Thai-style Grilled BBQ Pork)

If it was a choice between soggy cereal or these grilled pork skewers for breakfast, I’d choose these every time. Every. Time. Why? Because moo ping hits that spot of salty, sweet and savoury, all at once – those behind-the-scenes prep and cook techniques elevate it to something else. This is the Thai street food snack you need in on. 


Moo Ping (Thai-style Grilled BBQ Pork)

10 minutes + overnight soaking
30 minutes + marinating

250g (9 oz) sticky (glutinous) rice

450g (16 oz) pork loin

150g (5 oz) pork back fat

bamboo skewers



4 garlic cloves, peeled

3 coriander (cilantro) roots, washed 

½ tsp coriander seeds

½ tsp white peppercorns

2 tbsp palm sugar, finely shaved

2 tbsp fish sauce

3 tsp Thai black soy sauce or kecap manis

2 tsp vegetable oil

½ tsp salt

2 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)

¼ cup coconut milk, plus extra for basting

  • Step 1

    For the sticky rice, you’ll need to soak it the night before. Add the raw rice grains to a large bowl, then cover with plenty of water. Set aside to soak overnight.

  • Step 2

    The next day, drain the soaked rice into a sieve or colander. To cook the rice, I used a very traditional Thai set-up, with a conical-shaped steamer basket. However, you can just use a normal bamboo steamer set over a pan. Whichever method you choose, line the steamer basket with a very thin cloth, like a cheesecloth, muslin or thin tea towel. Transfer the drained rice to the lined basket, then fold the cloth over the rice to completely cover and envelope it. Pop a saucepan lid on the top for some extra coverage, and then steam for 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Carefully give the basket a shake or open the cloth and flip the rice with a spatula, before re-covering with the cloth. Replace the lid and steam for a further 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Remove the cloth bundle from your steamer and very carefully as it will be hot (you may want to use tongs) tip the rice out on a large tray. Use a wooden spoon to spread the sticky rice out on the tray into an even layer to help prevent it from clumping.  

  • Step 5

    For the pork skewers, start by cutting the pork loin into very thin, around 2mm-thick (1/16 inch) slices – you almost want to be able to see through it. Transfer the slices to a large bowl. Next, take your strip of back fat and cut it into slightly thicker slices than you did with the pork loin. Transfer to a small bowl.

  • Step 6

    To make the marinade, add the garlic cloves, coriander roots, coriander seeds and peppercorns to a mortar. Use a pestle to pound the ingredients into a rough paste. Transfer to the pork loin, followed by the palm sugar, fish sauce, Thai black soy sauce or kecap manis, vegetable oil, salt, cornflour and coconut milk. Using clean hands, mix everything together until the palm sugar has dissolved into the marinade and the meat is evenly coated. Set aside for 1 hour to allow all the flavours to make friends with one another.

  • Step 7

    In the meantime, soak your bamboo skewers in water to prevent them from burning on the grill later. Once your pork has marinated, add a piece of pork fat to the skewer, then concertina a couple of slices of pork on. Repeat with another piece of pork fat and two more pork slices. Continue on in this way with the remaining skewers, pork slices and pork fat.

  • Step 8

    To cook the skewers, you could use a charcoal grill like I did, or a frying pan, grill plate or a barbecue. Cook the skewers for around 2-3 minutes on one side until you’ve got some nice colour, then flip and baste with some coconut milk. Cook for another 2–3 minutes or until the pork is cooked through and everything is looking nice and golden brown. Serve with the sticky rice.

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That is Heaven

October 23, 2023

So delicous and authentic,at all, you have to try that skewers it is the most delicous of the World

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Mooping awesome

June 22, 2023

The moo ping recipe is on point and just works perfectly with no mods at all! Slicing the meat thinly is essential – and way better than what the other recipes suggest (thicker slices, fattier pork)

Thanks again and well done!

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Very thankful for yummie in my tummie

May 24, 2023

Thank you very much, from an avid foodie, love to cook and to eat, your recipes are so easy to follow, watching you explaining them is even better. Your mom Rocks, so again thank you.

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