Songs of sapa (chargrilled pork patties + vermicelli salad)

4 servings
15 min
25 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4

pork patties:

500 g (1 libra 2ounces ) minced pork

5 spring onions, thinly sliced

50 g garlic chives, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped

2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons fish sauce

500 g dried rice vermicelli noodles

1 bunch of mint (leaves only), shredded

1 handful thai basil (leaves only), shredded

1 gem lettuce, shredded

1 cucumber, julienned

1 carrot, julienned

750 ml (3 cups) dipping fish sauce (1/3 recipe here)


  • Place all the pork patty ingredients in a large bowl and combine well. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight).
  • Meanwhile, put the vermicelli in a saucepan of boiling water and bring back to the boil.
  • Cool for 5 minutes then turn off the heat, leaving the noodles to sit in the hot water for 5 more minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Roll the pork mixture into walnut sized balls, then flatten slightly to create patties.
  • Heat a griddle pan or barbecue grill to medium high and cook the patties for about 4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through.
  • Heap the vermicelli into bowls and toss with the herbs and vegetables and a few spoonfuls of dipping fish sauce.
  • Divide the patties between the bowls and serve with the extra dipping sauce.


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