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Beef Meatballs (Vietnamese)

4.7 from 12 reviews

Savory Vietnamese Beef Meatballs with a Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Dipping sauce.

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 Thai chili (finely chopped (optional))

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 Thai chili (finely chopped (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients for the meatballs in a food processor and blend until everything is mixed and minced. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Put a little oil in your hands, just enough to lightly coat fingers and palms and use a tablespoon to scoop up the beef mixture so the meatballs are the same size. Repeat process until all the beef mixture is used.
  3. In a deep pan over medium high heat, add oil and the meatballs. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the meatballs over, cover and cook for another 5 or until meatballs are golden brown.
  4. Mix all the ingredients for the dipping sauce in a bowl and serve together with beef meatballs. Pour over or use as a dipping sauce.
  5. Serve with rice, tomatoes and a few cilantro leaves.
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