Banh mi xiu mai: a distinctive dish of da lat

This recipe for Vietnamese Meatballs (Xiu Mai) is a pure comfort-food dish. The tender pork meatballs are flavorful and have delicious crunch from the jicama. Cooked in a homemade tomato sauce, these hearty meatballs are absolutely mouth-watering. Super-versatile, the meatballs can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a small meal or an appetizer. Serve the Vietnamese Meatballs with lots of crusty bread for dipping in the zesty sauce. One of my favorite ways to eat the meatballs is as a sandwich. The combination of savory meatballs, crusty sandwich roll, crunchy cucumber, spicy jalapeno, và tart carrot và radish pickles(or carrot and chayote pickles)is so tantalizing. I hope this recipe becomes one of your favorites. Enjoy!


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Notes on the Vietnamese Meatballs (Xiu Mai) Recipe, Tips and Tricks

For juicier meatballs, use ground pork with some fat in it. An 80/20 mixture is ideal. Optionally, if using lean or extra-lean ground pork, add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil to the meat mixture.

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If jicama is difficult khổng lồ find, substitute with canned water chestnuts. Use one 8 oz can for this recipe. Drain the canning liquid và then finely chop the water chestnuts.

Avoid over-working the meat mixture as this will make the meatballs tough. Combine the meat mixture just until everything sticks together.

Try this recipe with ground chicken, turkey or beef. I often make this with ground chicken and it’s delicious!

I lượt thích my tomato sauce a bit chunky & so don’t cook the tomatoes long. Feel không tính phí to cook the tomatoes longer for a smoother sauce. This recipe is super forgiving so you can make & then simmer on the stove until you’re ready to eat.

Adjust the tomato sauce khổng lồ your preference. If you want a thicker sauce, reduce the water and/or địa chỉ cửa hàng the corn starch + water mixture. When using the thickener, make sure to lớn cook it adequately or the sauce will taste starchy.

Refrigerate any remaining portions & enjoy within the week.


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Meatballs 4 oz or 1 cup jicama, finely diced 3 green onions 1 lb ground pork một nửa tsp garlic, minced 1 Tbsp fish sauce 1 Tbsp corn starch 50% tsp ground đen pepper

Sauce 2 lbs or 4 medium tomatoes một nửa Tbsp vegetable oil một nửa Tbsp garlic, minced 1 một nửa Tbsp tomato paste 1 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp fish sauce 1 một nửa cups water 1/4 tsp ground đen pepper

Thickener 2 tsp corn starch 2 tsp water


Making the Meatballs

Remove the jicama skin using a vegetable peeler. Finely dice the jicama.

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Cut off the trắng (root) portion of the green onions and finely chop. Chop the green onion stems. Transfer the green onion stems into a small bowl và set aside for later.

In a medium bowl, add the ground pork, jicama, green onion (white) root, garlic, fish sauce, corn starch & ground đen pepper. Phối together by hand combining all of the ingredients well. Combine just until everything sticks together.Avoid over-working the meat mixture as this will make the meatballs tough.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out some of the meat mixture & transfer lớn a large plate. Continue making small mounds until all the meat mixture is used. Wet your palms with water to prevent sticking. Gently roll each of the mounds into a ball.

Making the Sauce

Chop the tomatoes.

Heat a large skillet over Medium High heat and when hot địa chỉ cửa hàng vegetable oil. Showroom the minced garlic & tomato paste. Stir fry for 15-20 seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes & combine together. địa chỉ the sugar, fish sauce and water. Stir together combining the ingredients. Bring the liquid khổng lồ a boil. Reduce the heat lớn Medium Low, cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.

Cooking the Meatballs

Make room in the center of the skillet by pushing the tomatoes lớn the side. Gently transfer the meatballs into the sauce. Cover & cook on Medium Low heat for 5 minutes. After this time, rotate the meatballs & cook for another 5 minutes.

To make the thickener, set the corn starch & water until smooth. địa chỉ cửa hàng to the sauce. Combine gently and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Vị trí cao nhất with ground black pepper.

To serve, transfer a few meatballs into a small bowl along with a generous amount of tomato sauce. đứng top with the chopped green onion stems. Enjoy these scrumptious Vietnamese Meatballs with crusty bread.