Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce are little powerhouses of flavour. The sauce provides a sweet, salty, sour taste making it hard to stop at just one!
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Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce

January 27, 2018
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It’s incredible how much flavour is packed into these little Vietnamese pork patties. Served with the sweet, salty and sour taste of the dipping sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham), it’s hard to stop at just one.

Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce are little powerhouses of flavour. The sauce provides a sweet, salty, sour taste making it hard to stop at just one!

I lost count of how many Vietnamese pork patties l ate on my recent trip to Vietnam.

Not being a natural lover of pork, l was impressed at how something as humble as pork mince (ground pork) can be transformed into a powerhouse of flavour using only a handful of ingredients.

These little pork patties can be eaten as appetisers or as a main over a bed of rice noodles with fresh herbs.

Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce are little powerhouses of flavour. The sauce provides a sweet, salty, sour taste making it hard to stop at just one!     Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce are little powerhouses of flavour. The sauce provides a sweet, salty, sour taste making it hard to stop at just one!

Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce are little powerhouses of flavour. The sauce provides a sweet, salty, sour taste making it hard to stop at just one!     Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce are little powerhouses of flavour. The sauce provides a sweet, salty, sour taste making it hard to stop at just one!

No matter how you eat them, the dipping sauce is an absolute must!!! The sweet, salty, sour combination further enhances the flavour of the pork patties to an irresistible level!

I learnt how to make the dipping sauce at Luke Nguyen’s (a Vietnamese/Australian chef and restaurateur) cooking studio called Grain in Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).

Vietnamese Patties with Dipping Sauce are little powerhouses of flavour. The sauce provides a sweet, salty, sour taste making it hard to stop at just one!

It was a little serendipitous as to how l found this cooking school but l am so glad l did. It is a very classy and clean set up.

Under the guidance of Tuan (head instructor), we not only learnt to make 5 dishes, but gained valuable insights into techniques and ingredients. I never knew that fish sauce originated from Greece!! Go Greeks!!!!

A good fish sauce is the key to making a fabulous tasting dish. Choose a fish sauce with a dark amber colour and make sure that the type of fish indicated on the packaging are anchovies.

Believe me, you can taste the difference!

Ingredients

Pork Patties

  • 500 g (1 lb) pork mince (ground pork)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp red Asian shallots (finely chopped) (Note 1)
  • 3 tbsp spring onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (grated or finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham)

  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 125 ml warm water
  • 2 tbsp castor sugar or to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 thinly sliced red chilli (Note 2)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (can be substituted with lemon juice)

Instructions

  1. Place all the pork patty ingredients, except the oil, in a bowl. Mix well. Oil your hands and pinch off small portions of the mixture (about the size of a walnut). Roll into balls and place on a tray. Press down each patty to flatten a little. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Place the vegetable oil in a medium size saucepan. Cook the patties over medium heat (not high as you don’t them to burn) for 3 minutes on one side and 2 on the other. Remove from the pan and place on a serving dish. (Note 3)
  3. For the dipping sauce, place 1 tbsp of sugar, warm water, white vinegar, fish sauce and lime juice in a small bowl. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add the remainder of the sugar in small increments until you like how it tastes. Add the garlic and sliced chilli.
  4. Serve the patties with the dipping sauce.

Notes

  1. It is important that the spring onions, Asian shallots and garlic are very finely chopped. If they are too big, the patties may not hold together.
  2. I tend to remove the seeds from the red chilli as members of my family don’t like it too hot.
  3. Very little oil is used to cook the patties. You may need to add just a touch more oil if you cook the patties in batches, but generally a tablespoon is sufficient.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Connie
    February 10, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Just made Pork Patties. They were easier to make than I thought. The family tasted and loved them. Now to take them to some friends as my contribution to the dinner. Thank you Danielle. Recipe was easy to follow. 😘

    • Danielle Cheuk
      Reply
      Danielle Cheuk
      February 10, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Yay!! I am so pleased. Glad your family loved them and that you found them easy to make.

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