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    Nem Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patties)

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    1 hr 40 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    10 mins

    gailanng's Note:

    The Vietnamese names confuse me, but not the taste. It's all good! Recipe inspired by The Ravenous Couple blogspot.

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    Nem Nuong

    • 907.18 g ground pork
    • 1 whole head of garlic (cloves, peeled but can use more or less according to taste)
    • 78.07 ml sugar
    • 7.39 ml salt
    • 7.39 ml pepper
    • 19.71 ml baking powder (optional and see Instruction 2)
    • 59.14 ml water
    • 0.06 ml red food coloring (optional) or 4.92 ml caramel syrup (optional)

    Nuoc Cham

    Optional Bun Nem Nuong (Vermicelli with Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patties)


    1. 1
      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).
    2. 2
      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.
    3. 3
      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.
    4. 4
      Grill or pan fry about 4-5 minutes per side.
    5. 5
      Serve with Nuoc Cham and vermicelli (bean thread), if desired.
    6. 6
      To make Nuoc Cham: In a bowl, mash the garlic with the sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    7. 7
      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.
    8. 8
      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).

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    Nutritional Facts for Nem Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patties)

    Serving Size: 1 (301 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1085.9
    Calories from Fat 447
    Total Fat 49.7 g
    Saturated Fat 18.1 g
    Cholesterol 163.5 mg
    Sodium 2785.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 104.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
    Sugars 26.6 g
    Protein 53.0 g

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