lettuce, vietnamese roll


Vietnamese Grilled Pork Balls – Recipe by Canary Girl


When you’re looking for more savoury finger food, these bites of seasoned pork wrapped in lettuce leaves and dipped in nuoc cham (fish sauce). These make an excellent addition to spring rolls or noodle soup.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 10 Servings
Recipe Category: Finger Foods

peanut oil
1/4 cup garlic, minced
2 tablespoons nuoc mam (fish sauce)
2 ounces (50 grams) pork fat, minced
1 pound lean pork, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup shallots, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
lettuce, herbs, bean sprouts, chilies, scallions and cucumber to garnish
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons roasted rice powder


  1. Whisk together the sugar, garlic, shallots, fish sauce, and pepper
  2. Put in the pork and ensure it is coated well
  3. Find something to cover the dish and marinate between 1 to 24 hours in your fridge
  4. When you are ready to make the meatballs, put the meat in your freezer for half an hour to make them firmer
  5. Using a food processor, whiz the pork fat into a paste
  6. Add pork and process until you have a sort of pasty ball
  7. Add the roasted rice powder and process to combine
  8. Lightly oil your hands, and form smaller sized pork balls
  9. Thread 3 balls onto the individual skewers
  10. Grill over medium-high heat–you’ll want to have a nice sear before turning, but once all sides are seared, lower heat a bit to cook through
  11. Serve the pork balls wrapped in lettuce leaves with your choice of sauce or dip


Making the roasted rice powder:

Take about 1/4 cup of jasmine rice and dry roast it over medium-high heat in a saute pan. You will need to toss the rice around quite a bit to prevent burning. In the end, you should get a nice golden puffy rice. Once cooled, process in a food processor until powdery. Store your efforts in an airtight container.


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