A Mini Asian-Inspired Treat: Pork Balls Banh Mi

Recipe

A Mini Asian-Inspired Treat: Pork Balls Banh Mi

Mix the tangy, salty and savory flavors of Vietnamese Bahn Mi in this bite. We’ve topped a tortilla stuffed with pickled vegetables with a lively pork ball.

MAKES ABOUT 50 BALLS

MAKE THE PICKLED VEGGIES

2 CUPS carrots, shredded
2 CUPS daikon, shredded
1/2 CUP white wine vinegar
2 scallion tops, chopped
1/4 CUP honey
1 tsp salt

Toss ingredients together in med bowl. Marinate for 1 hour, tossing occasionally. Drain before putting into assembled bites.

START THE PORK BALLS

1 TB coconut-canola oil
1 med onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced
1 TB coconut-canola oil

1 jalapeño, diced
2 tsp lemongrass, smashed, finely chopped
1/2 CUP pineapple, diced
1/4 CUP basil, finely chopped
1 TB fish sauce
1 TB hot sauce
1 TB sugar

In a hot skillet, add oil/onions. Saute for 5 min. Add garlic, more oil and cook 3 min more. Add the rest of the ingredients, and saute for 3 min more. Move to a large bowl, let cool a bit.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 450°F… FINISH THE PORK BALLS

1/2 CUP breadcrumbs
2 TB cornstarch
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 LB ground pork

Add ingredients to the cooked onion mix. Mix with your hands. Wet hands, roll into 1-inch balls. Arrange on baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake meatballs for about 18 min.

MAKE THE HOT SAUCE

1/4 CUP mayonnaise
1/2 TB Thai red curry paste
1/8 CUP white wine vinegar
1 TB honey

Mix everything together in a small bowl.

TO SERVE

hot sauce
5-inch tortillas, toasted
pickled veggies
pork balls
toothpicks

Smear a little of the hot sauce on the tortilla. Place a couple dollops of the pickled veggies into the tortilla, leaving the ends clear. Roll tightly, trim off uneven ends. Cut into 1-inch wheels. Place one meatball on top of the wheel, and stab with toothpick to hold together.