9 Reviews

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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SarahGartland November 18, 2006

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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Cluich July 29, 2010

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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FuzzyKiwi June 26, 2009

This was ok; didn't really have that much of a strong flavor but was nice and moist

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Shasha December 26, 2008

These were really nice meatballs. For personal preference I'd probably spice them up a little more next time. I made for Freezer Tag 2008 and ate a handful for lunch fresh, then froze a couple of serves in zip loc bags. Today I got one of the bags out of the freezer on the way to work and popped them in the work fridge to defrost. They were defrosted by lunch time and 2 mins on medium in the microwave made them just nice and hot. I served with Thai sweet chilli sauce. Would be great to have a stock in the fridge for last minute lunches or appetizers for unexpected guests.

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Pink Princess April 06, 2008

these were very tasty, i made them nice and small for a party. i made them just as the recipe says except i forgot the cornstarch, next time i will be sure to include it!

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erinn in tbay March 01, 2008

These were really good. I used lean beef and as I didn't feel like making the dipping sauce, I tossed them into the Eggplant with hot garlic sauce which went well but took the focus away from the meat balls. I have also had these with the dipping sauce and it was an excellent combination.

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Chef @Oz February 27, 2008

These are great, really tasty and easy to make. Healthy too as I grilled them. Fabulous served with #25375 Nuoc Cham as suggested by Sue L. I used wet hands to roll the meatballs and didn't put them on skewers. Thanks for a great recipe I will be making some to store in the freezer!

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Jewelies January 31, 2005

Delicious and very tender. I served this with my nuoc cham (Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Spicy Fish Sauce)) as a dipping sauce and they went together very well. Great appetizer! Thanks for posting.

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Sue Lau August 07, 2004
Vietnamese Meatballs