Recipe: Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich – Bánh mì xíu mại

Bánh mì xíu mại - Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich Recipe

By Helen Le Published: October 9, 2013

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Ready In: 60 mins

  • Yield: 4-6 Servings

Xíu mại refers to Vietnamese meatballs rather than the Siew Mai that you find at Chinese Dim Sum.

  • Cook the julienned jicama with 2 cups water for 5 minutes. Drain, squeeze out the excess water and chop finely.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the minced pork, jicama, egg and tapioca/corn starch. Season with salt, pepper, chicken stock, sugar (about 1/2 tsp each). Set aside for 15 minutes. Scoop 1 tbsp of the meat mixture and form into a meatball. Repeat until finish. You will get about 15 meatballs. Steam the meatballs for about 10 minutes. (This step is optional)
  • In a saucepan or a wok, heat 1 tbsp cooking oil and fry the minced garlic and shallot until fragrant. Then add the diced tomatoes, sugar, chicken stock, fish sauce and ketchup. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. You can add 1/2 cup water if you want more sauce.
  • Remove the meatballs from the steamer and transfer to combine with the tomato sauce. Simmer for 5 more minutes and transfer to a plate to serve.
  • Garnish with cilantro, thinly sliced onion, crispy fried shallot and serve with a baguette. To make meatball sandwich, slice the baguette halfway to open, spread chili sauce, put a meatball inside and use a spoon to break it into chunks. Add more cilantro, spring onion, sliced pepperoni/jalapeno to your preference.

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2 comments on “Recipe: Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich – Bánh mì xíu mại


    there is errors in this
    meatball and sauce recipe.
    Garlic shallots chicken granuals are showing in
    pork meatballs recipe. The
    sauce is where these items
    should be according to
    written recipe. Please fix
    this so I can clean up my
    recipe of all the repairs……
    Thank you.

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