Vietnamese meatball

Bun Cha(Vietnamese Meat Ball)

Recipe by 831c2bbed306d52121e560ed50646ca5?s=30&r=gTrish yee
Bún chả is a Vietnamese dish with marinated grilled pork over noodle along with herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. It is one of Hanoi's most famous street food that you should not miss out when travelling to Vietnam.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 people
Calories 765 kcal



For the Pork Meatballs

  • 2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 5 tbsp. Water
  • 500 g Ground Pork
  • 1 qty Shallot minced as small as possible
  • 3 tbsp. Fish Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

For the Sauce and Serving

  • 2 tbsp. Fish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic minced
  • 1 qty Red Thai Chillies minced
  • 1/2 head Red Leaf Lettuce torn into small pieces
  • 2 cups Asian Herbs such as cilantro, perilla, mint, sawtooth coriander, ngo herb, shiso, or Thai basil


  • For the meatballs: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar with 3 tablespoons water and cook over high heat until a dark brown caramel forms, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tablespoons cold water, swirling the pot.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, shallot, fish sauce, caramel sauce, and pepper, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 1⁄2 hours.
  • For the sauce: Combine fish sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, water, garlic, chile and green papaya in a large mixing bowl. Set aside to marry the flavors
  • To assemble: Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the directions on their package. Drain, then rinse under cold water to halt the cooking process.
  • Shape marinated pork into small patties, about 15 to 20 in all. Heat a charcoal grill or a broiler to high. Grill or broil the pork patties until fully cooked and slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Spoon the sauce into four bowls, then place the pork patties over the sauce. Place the herbs and lettuce in one large communal bowl and the noodles into another large communal bowl. To eat, dip some of the noodles into the sauce and eat with the patties and herbs.


Calories: 765kcal
Keyword asian, meat, Noodles
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