Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

Both my kids love getting involved in the kitchen and I always encourage them to cook and bake.

 Sure it might be messy, but cooking with kids is a great way to educate them about healthy eating. They can learn about ingredients and understand the importance of home-cooked dinners in a proactive, fun and engaging way.

For child-friendly, creative recipes, make sure you check out the recipe book Cool Kids Cook by Jenny Chandler. It’s guaranteed to turn your kids into pint-sized Jamie Olivers in no time! 

Jenny is very kindly sharing her recipe for Vietnamese Pork Meatballs below and I also have a copy of her fab book up for grabs which you can win HERE.

Over to Jenny…

These spicy Southeast Asian meatballs are made in a similar way to all the other meatballs in the book except that you will leave out the bread and milk and use a couple of egg whites to hold the mixture together instead.

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

Ingredients (Makes About 20)

For the meatballs

  • 450g/1lb minced (ground) pork
  • 3 spring onions (scallions), trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 2cm/3⁄4in piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1–2 tsp cold water
  • a large pinch of salt
  • a grind of pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • For the hot-dipping sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce (or soy sauce will do)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1–2 hot chillies, sliced or diced very finely (!!!! Danger HOT – add a little at a time and taste!)


  1. Put the pork, spring onions, garlic and ginger into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the egg whites and cold water together in a small bowl with a fork then tip it in with the meat mixture.
  3. Add the salt and pepper and mix everything together really well.
  4. Now for the test run. Shape up a tiny disc of mixture like a mini-burger and fry this in a large pan with the vegetable oil.
  5. Allow to cool a little before tasting. Does the meatball need any more salt or pepper?
  6. Now you’re ready to roll. You want to make about 20 walnut-sized balls. – Don’t forget wet hands stop the mixture sticking.
  7. Place the meatballs on a tray, cover and chill the meatballs, if you have time, and then fry them in 2 batches so they brown nicely and put them all back in the pan to cook through.
  8. For the hot sauce, start by stirring all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl, adding a tiny bit of chilli at a time.The sauce should be sweet, sour, salty and hot.

Serve the pork balls with rice and maybe some steamed vegetables.

9781910496879Cool Kids Cook by Jenny Chandler, published by Pavilion Books.

Cool Kids Cook by Jenny Chandler, published by Pavilion Books. Photo credit: Pavilion Books.

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5 Responses

  1. Bonnie

    I always want my daughter to be involved in the cooking process. And she’s totally love it.
    The recipes are simple (more for me) so I can walk her through the process.
    It’s been a lot of fun and allows some extra bonding time for us.

  2. Lee Maddus

    Quite an assortment of food preparations, delicious to behold, even more to the taste, I must say. Beautiful pictures also graced the site! A fascinating combination of skills, Vicki! Impressive! Your blog is truly a store of information. Please keep it going!
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  3. Harriet from Toby & Roo

    This looks absolutely delicious Vicki! I really love asian flavours and I’m trying to introduce that to the kids as much as possible 🙂
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  4. Mel

    Vietnamese food reminds me of my childhood. My best friend when I was growing up was Vietnamese and her mum always cooked for us. I absolutely loved it! These meatballs sound exactly like something I’d love to cook with the children.
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