Bun Cha (Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad) Recipe

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Bun Cha (Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad)
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  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar with 3 tablespoons water and cook over high heat until a dark brown caramel forms, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tablespoons cold water, swirling the pot.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, shallot, fish sauce, caramel sauce, and pepper, and marinate in the refrigerator for 90 minutes to six hours.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the sauce in a large mixing bowl.
  4. When the pork is through marinating, remove from the refrigerator and shape into small patties, about 15 to 20 in all. Heat a charcoal grill or a broiler to high. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the directions on their package. Drain, then rinse under cold water to halt the cooking process.
  5. Meanwhile, grill or broil the pork patties until fully cooked and slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Spoon the sauce into four bowls, then place the pork patties over the sauce. Place the herbs and lettuce in one large communal bowl and the noodles into another large communal bowl. To eat, dip some of the noodles into the sauce and eat with the patties and herbs.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1192.83 Kcal (4994 kJ)
Calories from fat 683.72 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 75.97g 117%
Cholesterol 81.63mg 27%
Sodium 2043.65mg 85%
Potassium 689.48mg 15%
Total Carbs 107.61g 36%
Sugars 8.99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 3.82g 15%
Protein 16.28g 33%
Vitamin C 4.9mg 8%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Calcium 85mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 223.08 Kcal (934 kJ)
Calories from fat 127.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.21g 117%
Cholesterol 15.27mg 27%
Sodium 382.19mg 85%
Potassium 128.94mg 15%
Total Carbs 20.12g 36%
Sugars 1.68g 36%
Dietary Fiber 0.71g 15%
Protein 3.04g 33%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 8%
Iron 0.4mg 12%
Calcium 15.9mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 29.4
  • 32

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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