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    Vietnamese Meatballs

    Vietnamese Meatballs. Photo by Sue Lau

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    22 mins

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    7 mins

    Literary Mom's Note:

    We made a delicious meal of these, Chinese eggrolls, Thai corn fritters, and nuoc cham dipping sauce. I found variations of this recipe on the web, but adjusted the amounts for the best flavor. These can also be grilled. UPDATE: I can't vouch for it being authentically Vietnamese, though the recipes I combined to make this were labeled that way. Also, I don't think fish sauce is a particularly Korean ingredient. I'd change the name to Asian Meatballs but that would mess up the URL.

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    1. 1
      Combine all ingredients until well blended.
    2. 2
      Make 1" meatballs.
    3. 3
      Put them on wooden skewers (about 4 per skewer--you kind of have to mold them on to the skewer).
    4. 4
      Broil (or grill) until thoroughly cooked.

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    • on November 18, 2006


      I made this with ground turkey and broiled them (without the skewers, I have bad luck with those!). Wow! Yummy. I served with an assortment of sauces (duck sauce, pineapple chili sauce, teriyaki, and hoisin), fried rice, and wonton soup. These were a hit!!

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    • on July 29, 2010


      These are quite tasty, but as a previous reviewer pointed out, they're not really Vietnamese, as pork is the common meat for such a dish in Vietnam. These are more similar to Korean-style meatballs. In fact, I even posted a recipe for Korean meatballs on this site a long while back that's similar to this one (though it also included a dipping sauce).

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    • on June 26, 2009

      Hmm, I have never come across nem (meatballs) made from beef growing up as a Vietnamese American in the largest expat Vietnamese community worldwide (five cities in "The O.C." in southern Cali), or when I spent over half a year traveling throughout Vietnam recently either. As far as I know, meat nem is traditionally only made from pork. The closest thing we have to a beef nem would be Bò Lá Lót, where beef is wrapped in betel leaves and grilled. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Vietnamese Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (802 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 85.7
    Calories from Fat 52
    Total Fat 5.7 g
    Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Cholesterol 23.1 mg
    Sodium 145.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 6.6 g

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