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Vietnamese grilled chicken (Ga nuong): A must-try dish for everyone

13/10/2023 5.122

In this article, we will take you on a flavorful journey through the heart of Vietnam and introduce you to the world of Vietnamese grilled chicken, known for its tantalizing blend of flavors.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

As you set foot on the enchanting land of Vietnam, a world of wonder awaits you, from vibrant markets and lush landscapes to the tantalizing Vietnamese food. Amidst the myriad of dishes that beckon, one culinary gem shines brightly: Vietnamese grilled chicken. Whether you are a culinary connoisseur or a curious traveler, ga nuong is an essential dish that promises to enhance your Vietnam travel experience.

1. Ingredients and preparations for Vietnamese grilled chicken

Vietnamese grilled chicken is renowned for its exquisite flavor and delightful aroma. This delectable dish features tender and succulent chicken with a crispy, golden-brown skin that is incredibly enticing. The ingredients are often chicken, garlic, shallots, five-spice powder, chili sauce, seasoning powder, soy sauce, palm sugar or white sugar, oyster sauce, potato starch, cornstarch, or tapioca starch, lime juice, cilantro, chili peppers, fish sauce, ginger and lemongrass. Whether enjoyed alongside a steaming bowl of white rice or sticky rice, paired with fresh lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, or a variety of other greens, Vietnamese grilled chicken offers a symphony of flavors that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

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2. Types of Vietnamese grilled chicken and popular recipes

Vietnamese grilled chicken offers a diverse array of recipes that cater to various palates and regional preferences.

2.1. Vietnamese grilled chicken with salt and chili

Vietnamese grilled chicken recipe with salt and chili combines the simplicity of grilled chicken with the bold flavors of salt and chili. First, you can prepare the sauce for marinating the chicken with: 

  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon of BBQ seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning powder
  • 1 teaspoon of five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder, along with minced garlic and finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 portion of sliced chili peppers

Mix these ingredients thoroughly until the sauce becomes cohesive. In a separate small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, and the remaining portion of sliced chili peppers. Use a mortar and pestle to crush and blend these ingredients.

To marinate the chicken, start by rubbing a slice of lime over the chicken skin. This helps make the skin crispy and enhances the flavor during grilling. Evenly coat the chicken with the prepared sauce. Rub the salt and chili mixture thoroughly onto the chicken skin. Place the chicken in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour to allow it to absorb all the flavorful marinade.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

2.2. Vietnamese grilled chicken with honey

This Vietnamese grilled chicken recipe features honey, offering a delightful combination of sweet and savory flavors that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. It is easy to make a delicious marinade for grilled chicken with honey, with the following ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic

Combine these ingredients thoroughly and marinate the chicken in the mixture. Place it in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours to allow the flavors to infuse.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

2.3. Vietnamese grilled chicken with lemongrass and chili

Ga nuong with lemongrass and chili is a crowd-pleaser that captures the essence of Vietnamese cuisine. The marinade for this dish includes:

  • 50 grams of minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of minced chili
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of MSG (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons of cooking oil 

Mix these ingredients thoroughly until you have a uniform mixture. Generously coat the chicken with this mixture, ensuring that both the inner and outer surfaces of the chicken are well-covered. Let the chicken marinate for approximately 20-30 minutes, allowing the meat to absorb all the delicious flavors.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

2.4. Vietnamese grilled chicken with satay

Ga nuong with satay sauce offers a delectable fusion of smoky goodness and the nutty flavors of satay. To marinate the chicken, you should prepare a mixture using the following ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons of sate sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning powder
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of MSG (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt, minced garlic, and finely chopped shallots

Mix these ingredients thoroughly and evenly apply the mixture onto the chicken. Let the chicken marinate for approximately 30-60 minutes, allowing it to absorb the delightful flavors.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

2.5. Vietnamese grilled chicken with black pepper

This Vietnamese grilled chicken dish features the bold and aromatic flavors of black pepper. It is a beloved dish that is simple to prepare and incredibly satisfying. To mix the marinade for this dish, you can combine:

  • Finely chopped shallots
  • Minced garlic
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce

Evenly apply this mixture to the entire chicken, gently massaging it into the meat. Allow the chicken to rest for 30 minutes - 1 hour to fully absorb the flavors of the marinade.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

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3. What condiments are best for Vietnamese grilled chicken?

The choice of condiments for Vietnamese grilled chicken can elevate the dish to new heights of flavor.

3.1. Sauce for ga nuong

To make this dipping sauce, start by adding sugar, salt, MSG (optional), and chili to a mortar and grind them into a paste. Then, add lime juice, tamarind juice, chili sauce, black pepper, and condensed milk. Stir thoroughly to blend the ingredients until you have a dipping sauce ready to complement your grilled chicken.

3.2. Chili salt for ga nuong

To prepare this sauce, finely chop fresh lime leaves and mix them with white salt, ground black pepper, and MSG (optional). Then stir the mixture until it is well-blended, and you are ready to enjoy the delicious grilled chicken.

Vietnamese grilled chicken

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4. Where to eat Vietnamese grilled chicken?

Travelers can savor delicious grilled chicken at most tourist destinations in Vietnam. Here are some recommended addresses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City:

4.1. In Hanoi

  • Vua Gà Nướng - 269 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District: Here, you can indulge in delicious grilled chicken dishes prepared with various flavors using whole chickens.
  • Gà Lu Quán - Alley 43, Pham Ngoc Thach Street, Dong Da District: This eatery uses free-range chickens instead of factory-farmed chickens. Their flavorful chicken is combined with a special dipping sauce that keeps diners coming back for more.
  • Thiên Vương - 288 Thai Ha, Dong Da District: They serve premium grilled chicken carefully selected from free-range chickens. Their menu includes roasted chicken, mango-stuffed chicken feet, steamed lemongrass chicken, fried chicken with garlic and chili, and more.
Vietnamese grilled chicken

4.2. In Ho Chi Minh City

  • Gà Nướng Ò Ó O - 560 Le Quang Dinh, Go Vap District: The menu here is incredibly diverse, offering a wide range of chicken dishes to cater to the tastes of even the most discerning diners.
  • Gà Nướng Lu Việt Hương - 20 Pham Van Dong, Go Vap District: This restaurant attracts many diners due to their enticing chicken dishes. The way they grill the chicken here ensures it remains succulent, moist, and tender, with a perfect balance of flavors that captivates the taste buds.
  • Gà Nướng Cái Bang - 48/40B Ho Bieu Chanh, Phu Nhuan District: They offer six distinct flavors of chicken with their marinade secrets, including crispy five-spice grilled chicken, grilled chicken with honey and lemongrass, grilled chicken with char siu, spicy grilled chicken with lemongrass, grilled chicken with green pepper sauce, and tangy spicy grilled chicken.
Vietnamese grilled chicken

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Vietnam offers a plethora of delightful destinations for travelers to explore its culinary scene, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Ha Long. In these destinations, you can indulge in all the local delicacies that each region has to offer. And for a memorable stay, you can experience the hospitality of Vinpearl's hotel and resort chain. 

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Vietnamese grilled chicken

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As you embark on your culinary journey through Vietnam, remember to include Vietnamese grilled chicken on your list of must-try dishes. It is not just a delicacy, it is a celebration of flavors, a testament to traditions, and a treat of pure gastronomic pleasure.

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