Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
The Vietnamese names confuse me, but not the taste. It's all good! Recipe inspired by The Ravenous Couple blogspot.
- 2 lbs ground pork
- 1 whole head of garlic (cloves, peeled but can use more or less according to taste)
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 tablespoon salt
- 1⁄2 tablespoon pepper
- 4 teaspoons baking powder (optional and see Instruction 2)
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1 drop red food coloring (optional) or 1 teaspoon caramel syrup (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup asian fish sauce
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 -2 red Thai chile, thinly sliced
Optional Bun Nem Nuong (Vermicelli with Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patties)
- 1 (14 ounce) bag vermicelli
- fresh herb (optional)
- pickled carrots and daikon radish (optional)
- fried shallots (optional)
- chopped roasted peanuts
- Using food processor, process garlic until finely pureed. Combine pork, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar in mixing bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder and water and stir. Mixture will bubble and foam. Add one drop of food coloring or caramel syrup (this adds color to the pork when grilled).
- Fold the baking powder into mixture and allow meat to chill for about 30 minutes to 1 hour or longer. The baking powder forms air bubbles and adds more bouncier or spongier texture.
- Refrigerate meat mixture a few hours to let it set for easier handling while forming patties, balls or flattened mini sausages. Keep a bowl of water handy and your hands wet for easy handling.
- Grill or pan fry about 4-5 minutes per side.
- Serve with Nuoc Cham and vermicelli (bean thread), if desired.
- To make Nuoc Cham: In a bowl, mash the garlic with the sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- To make Bun Nem Noung: Place vermicelli in boiling water for about 6-8 minutes, stirring regularly to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pot. To check for doneness, take a strand and taste. It should be still slightly firm but easily breaks apart. Drain and flush with cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Combine vermicelli in bowls with nem nuong (pork patties), fresh herbs, pickled carrots and daikon, fried shallots and/or crushed roasted peanuts and dress with Nuoc Cham (sauce).