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Grilled Lemongrass Pork Meatballs with Crack Noodles

We have harnessed the flavors of Vietnam in a single, addictive bowl. The fragrant lemongrass laced pork paired with a heaping helping of crack.

Just under 15 minutes
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Forget Phó’, scoot over Spring Rolls, back off Bánh Mis, and hit the road Hoisin. This Vietnamese inspired dish will dominate you all. Fragrant lemongrass kisses these gorgeous, caramelized pork patties. The sauce that smoothers the rice noodles is truly addictive, showcasing creamy almond butter with sweet, salty, citrusy, and smoky companions. One bowl of this ethnic indulgence and you’ll be hooked.

must-have

ground pork
1 lb
lemongrass
1 stalk(use lime zest instead)
honey
1 tbsp
fish sauce
2 tbsp
rice noodles
2 handfuls(3 clusters)
almond butter
2 tbsp
limes
2 of them
smoked paprika
1 tsp
parsley & mint
1 palmful

staples

salt
garlic cloves
4 cloves

totally optional

chili powder
fresh chilies
cayenne pepper
sriracha

Preparation

Get started
Start by getting water boiling in a pot and heating up your grill pan.
Cut the lemongrass
We’re only using the stalk of the aromatic lemon grass, which is the white part, you can peel back the rest and save for compost. Chop the lemongrass quite fine. Now slice the cloves of garlic and top with a pinch of salt. Using your knife blade to chop and rock, as well as the side of your knife to smear, work the garlic and salt together to form a heavenly, concentrated paste.
Make the meatballs
In a medium bowl, add your ground pork, throw in the lemongrass and garlic, as well as the fish sauce, honey, soy oil, and a heavy-handed pinch of salt. Mix well with your hands, this is not the time to be dainty. We’re going to form these first into a golf ball shape, then smush them to become a free-form patty, with a personality. Place your patties into the hot, dry grill pan. The oil and honey in the mixture will provided enough of a gateway to caramelization.
Cook the rice noodles
Drop the rice noodles into the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. You can give your patties a quick flip at this time.
Prepare the dressing
Meanwhile, let’s make the dressing for our addictive crack noodles. In a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, the zest of 3 limes, the juice of 2 limes, honey, fish sauce, and whisk together until cohesive. Now add smoked paprika, or additional pops of heat like chili powder, fresh chilies, cayenne pepper, or sriracha.
Plate it
Drain the rice noodles through a strainer. Take a moment to flip your patties one more time. The goal here is a dark, nearly burnt surface on the patty, showcasing the honey’s caramelization that develops through the glory of grilling. Toss the noodles with the dressing in a large bowl. Using two forks, pile a heaping helping of noodles on a plate and top with several lemongrass pork patties. Cut your lime into wedges and dot each plate with a few to offer an extra hit of acidity. Finally, roughly chop fresh parsley and mint and lightly scatter over your finished dish.
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