Spooniful Recipes: Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad

Spooniful Recipes: Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad 

The perfect cure for the Saturday morning hangover. Ideally you make this Friday night befor you go out and have it waiting in the  fridge for you the next morning.

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INGREDIENTS

FOR THE PORK:
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons water
1 pound ground pork
1 large shallot, minced as small as possible
3 tablespoons fish sauce
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE SAUCE:
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1½ cups water
½ teaspoon minced or grated garlic
1 red Thai chile, minced
2 tablespoons green papaya, cut into small, thin slices, about ¼ inch (optional)

FOR SERVING:

 1 pound thin rice noodles
½ head red leaf lettuce, torn into small pieces
2 cups, loosely packed, of a selection of Asian herbs, including any of the following: cilantro, perilla, mint, sawtooth coriander, ngo herb

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar with 3 tablespoons water and cook over high heat until a dark brown caramel forms, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tablespoons cold water, swirling the pot.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, shallot, fish sauce, caramel sauce, and pepper, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1½ hours.

3. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the sauce in a large mixing bowl. CONTINUE READING

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