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Nem nuong: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Mint


The Gourmandize Team

Nem nuong: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Mint. Discover our recipe.

Rate this recipe 4.1/5 (113 Votes)


  • 1 pound pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon of uncooked rice
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (preferably nuoc mam)
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil


Servings 4
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 10mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Heat a skillet over high heat and pour in the rice. Roast until golden brown.

Step 2

Transfer the rice in a mortar and grind with the pestle, until a powder.

Step 3

Cut pork shoulder into chunks and chop it finely in a food processor. Put meat in a bowl.

Step 4

Season the pork with nuoc mam, soy sauce and sugar. Add the roasted rice powder, crushed garlic, chopped onions, chopped mint and cornstarch and water. Mix thoroughly.

Step 5

Shape into small balls the size of a walnut. Place them in a dish and cover with plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator 1 hour.

Step 6

Put the meatballs on skewers. Heat oil in large frying pan and brown the nem nuongs on all sides, for about 10 minutes.

Step 7

Serve the meatballs hot.

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Létitia your recipe for Nem nuong looks very authentic and absolutely delicious! I made them last night and they were amazing! Thanks!!

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