Xiu Mai – Vietnamese Meatballs

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A popular Vietnamese dish is the Vietnamese sandwich, or Banh Mi.  Banh Mi is a French bread sandwich stuffed with fresh cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers, mayonnaise, jalapeno, a dash of pepper and soy sauce, and your choice of meat.  One of my favorite meat options for Banh Mi is Xiu Mai – Vietnamese Meatballs.

Xiu Mai has a much different flavor than Italian meatballs and are savory and moist, which makes it easy to mash up and stuff into Banh Mi.  Mom has created an easy way to make Xiu Mai, which you’ll appreciate when your family has a taste and starts regularly requesting this dish.

Xiu Mai – Vietnamese Meatballs

INGREDIENTS – makes 18 large meatballs (enough for 6-8 Banh Mi sandwiches)

For the Xiu Mai meatballs:

  • 1.5 lbs. ground pork
  • 6 stalks green onion, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced into small pieces (1 C.)
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/4 C. unflavored bread crumbs
  • 3 tsp. soy sauce

For the Xiu Mai sauce:

  • 1 C. chicken broth
  • 1 C. water
  • 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 roma tomato, diced into large pieces

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STEP 1:  FORM THE XIU MAI MEATBALLS

  1. Place the Xiu Mai meatball ingredients into a large bowl.  Mix well to combine.  (Use your hands!)

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    Marinated pork for Xiu Mai meatballs.
  2. Roll the marinated meat into large meatballs, using about 2 Tbsp. of meat per meatball.  Place the meatballs into a large, microwave-safe bowl wide enough so that no meatball sits on top of another.

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    Make sure the rolled meatballs are not sitting on top of each other.

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STEP 2:  COOK THE XIU MAI MEATBALLS

  1. Using the microwave (yes, the microwave!), cook the meatballs for 5 minutes.  This will set the shape of the meatballs.

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    Microwaving the Xiu Mai meatballs initially will cook the outside enough to maintain their fragile shape.
  2. Place the Xiu Mai sauce ingredients into a large, wide saucepan, and mix lightly to combine. Turn on high heat.
  3. Carefully spoon the Xiu Mai meatballs one-by-one into the saucepan.  Pour in any juices from the glass dish as well.

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    Simmer the Xiu Mai meatballs for 15 minutes to cook them through and yield a savory sauce perfect for dipping French bread.
  4. Adjust the heat as needed to simmer the Xiu Mai meatballs in the sauce for 15 minutes.  That’s it!  Serve with fresh French bread and sliced cucumbers, or make a Banh Mi sandwich with your Xiu Mai.  Enjoy!Xiu Mai recipe. Vietnamese Meatball recipe. Vietnamese recipes. Banh Mi recipe.

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3 thoughts on “Xiu Mai – Vietnamese Meatballs”

  • made this and was easy and tasty! Toast your bread so it can be kind of crunchy! I shred some carrots and marinated them in a litte vinegar and sugar for about 15 minutes Han drain and you can stuff them in your sandwich. I just dip my bread in the broth and eat the meatball.

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