Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Chicken Bahn Meatballs



This is my simple version of a Vietnamese favorite street food. My Bahn Mi (Meatball) sandwich is made with ground chicken and served on a soft roll. Make lots they will want seconds!

You will need:
  • 1 lb ground chicken - dark and white is best
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped white part of lemongrass
  • 3-4 cloves garlic - chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 1 small fresh chili - chopped finely (use 3/4 in the meatballs and 1/4 in carrot topping)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • enough good extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of pan while cooking the meatballs (you could use peanut or another oil but. I love olive oil so I use it for everything!)
  • a bit of ginger ale to deglaze the pan
  • 2-3 small carrots -sliced into fine matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1.4 of the chopped chilies
  • 1 tsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 mini English cucumber - sliced into matchsticks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh buns
  • more cilantro 
  • lime wedges 
  • sweet Thai chili sauce 


Start with a good quality ground chicken. I like a blend of dark and white meat for a more tender meatball.


Step 1: in a large bowl combine chicken, lemongrass, chopped garlic, cilantro, chili, brown sugar, salt, fish sauce, sesame oil and breadcrumbs. 


mix to combine


Step 2: form into balls and you can store in fridge for a few hours or heat oil and prepare right away.


I used a Planeta Olive oil from Sicily to cook on medium heat until browned and cooked through.


At the last minute I pour over a good glug of ginger ale to add a bit of sweetness and also to deglaze the pan.


Step 3: While the meatballs cook I prepare the vegetable/quick pickle


Chop carrots into think matchsticks


Chop chili, cilantro and cucumber. Add rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.


Serve a few meatballs on a soft roll top with a squeeze of lime,  the vegetables, more cilantro and some Sweet Thai Chili sauce if you like or even a bit of sliced mango!!














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