I have to admit to thinking twice before I put these meatballs on the menu, but I'm just so darn happy I did because they are some tasty little morsels. I mean, what's your first thought when you think of shrimp mixed with pork? Yeah, me too but thankfully I got beyond it.
"Famous for its lively fresh flavors and artfully composed meals, Vietnamese food and cooking is the true 'light cuisine' of Asia. Abundant fresh herbs and greens, delicate soups and stir-fries, and well-seasoned grilled foods served on, or with, rice or noodles..." I had to quote this because I couldn't have said it better myself and I don't know about you, but I've never left a Vietnamese restaurant unhappy. Gee, I'm not sure why I needed to justify the decision to give this recipe a try, but I just did! Oh well!
OK about the meatballs - a half pound each of ground pork and freshly chopped shrimp is combined with napa cabbage, fresh ginger, green onions and a touch of cilantro,and a little panko and it's all bound together with egg white to produce unbelievably flavorful and tender meatballs. As you can see, I served them on top of a salad made up of butter lettuce, radishes, cucumber, carrots, a touch of shredded cabbage (slaw), and some sweet onion all topped with an Asian flavored vinaigrette. A little mint would have been a nice touch too, but I didn't think of it until just this moment. It was a much welcome, light dinner after our excesses over the weekend. Download Pork and Shrimp Meatballs on Salad
If you're not in to salad, these meatballs would be fabulous as the filling in lettuce wraps or on top of a bowl of vermicelli rice noodles mixed with cool veggies like cucumber, carrot and bean sprouts - just like the salad I can't help but order whenever we go to Miss Saigon on Ina for dinner. They would also be great in the Vietnamese sandwich called a banh mi... an Asian take on the classic sub or fabulous as part of an appetizer platter including potstickers, spring rolls and the like.
However you shake it they're mighty good eats.Trust me, give them a try and you won't be disappointed.