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Bun Cha: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs Recipe

Bun cha is a traditional Vietnamese dish of grilled pork meatballs served with a delicious golden broth, a variety of fresh herbs, greens, and rice noodles.
Course Main dish
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword broth, grilled, Hanoi, meatballs, pork, rice noodle, vermicelli
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 4
Calories 528 kcal


  • ½ lb rice noodles Prepare according to package instructions, drain and allow to cool.

Pork Meatballs

Accompaniments - greens served on the side:

  • 1 cilantro
  • 1 mint
  • 1 red leaf lettuce
  • 1 Thai basil


  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp lime juice, fresh sqeezed
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup kohlrabi sliced


  1. Arrange all the greens on a tray.
  2. In a bowl place ground pork, five spice powder, salt, fish sauce, shallots, garlic, and pepper. Marinate for about one hour, and then form small, 1" meatballs. Flatten them out to form a patty.
  3. While the pork is marinating, slice the kohlrabi thinly, and place in a shallow glass dish. Each slice of kohlrabi should be cut into 3 wedge shaped pieces. Sprinkle with kosher salt and vinegar, and allow it to sit for about 1 hour.
  4. Cook meatballs/patties in a skillet, on both sides. When finished, transfer them to a baking tray and place them in the oven on broil for about two minutes on each side. (If you want to grill outdoors: Grill them from about 3 minutes per side until they run clear and hit an internal temp 145° F.)

  5. Prepare the broth by placing fish sauce, water, lime juice, brown sugar and rice vinegar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat.
  6. Divide the broth evenly into 4 separate bowls.
  7. Place the sliced kohlrabi in the broth. You typically eat them by alternating dipping the meatballs, greens and noodles into the broth. It is very refreshing!

Nutrition Facts
Bun Cha: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 528 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 1698mg74%
Potassium 439mg13%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.