Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs

Have you ever heard of a type of rice that is green, sweet, and sticky? It’s Vietnamese green rice, known as “cốm” in Vietnamese. Vietnamese green rice refers to young, tender, green rice grains that are harvested before they fully mature. Its green color and sweet, nutty flavor make it a popular ingredient in various Vietnamese dishes. Let me introduce you to a recipe using Vietnamese Green Rice: Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs, in which breadcrumbs are replaced by green rice.

vietnamese green rice meatballs

What is Vietnamese Green Rice (Cốm)?

“Cốm” is a culinary gem in Hanoi, Vietnam, cherished for its unique characteristics and deep cultural significance. It is always on the must-try food list for every tourist visiting Hanoi. Considered a seasonal delicacy in Vietnam, it is often enjoyed during the autumn months when the rice is harvested.

Vietnamese Green rice is a delicacy made from young, unripe rice grains. After harvesting, these grains are roasted and flattened, resulting in a distinctive and fragrant rice product that is slightly sticky and has a unique taste. There is a village in Hanoi renowned for this unique ingredient, Vong Village or “Làng Vòng”. It is renowned for cultivating the finest green rice in all of Vietnam.

Nowadays, Vietnamese Green Rice is preserved in two forms: fresh and dried green rice. When you visit Hanoi, you must definitely try fresh green rice wrapped in lotus leaves. For longer preservation, they dry green rice, turning it into a unique and delicate ingredient for many recipes, from mixing with other ingredients to using as a creative breadcrumb to make crispy fried dishes.

Vietnamese green rice

Ingredients for Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs

This is a very simple recipe that requires only two main ingredients: Vietnamese green rice and minced pork. You will need:

  • 200g (7 oz) minced pork: Opt for minced pork that combines fat and protein for juicier meatballs.
  • 100g (3.5 oz) Vietnamese Green rice: This ingredient is the essence of the dish, providing a unique nutty flavor and a slightly chewy texture. You can find it in Vietnamese markets or specialty Asian food stores, and some online retailers may also offer it.
  • 1 shallot, minced: These aromatic elements enhance the overall flavor profile and add depth to the meatballs.
  • 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp pepper: Adds a salty, subtle, spicy note that complements the other flavors.
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil: Avoids stickness to your hands and between each meatball.

Instruction

With a basic ingredient list, the cooking process of this dish is also simple. The total time to make Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs is 20 minutes.

Preparation

Firstly, soak half of the green rice (50g or 1.7oz) in water and chop some shallots. I typically chop several shallots and freeze them. Whenever I need chopped or minced shallots for a recipe, I simply take a bit from the freezer to use.

Shaping Meatballs

After soaking for 5 minutes, drain the rice to remove excess water. Mix the soaked green rice, minced pork, shallots, salt, pepper, and vegetable oil together, ensuring they are evenly mixed.

Prepare a plate with a bit of oil on it. Coat your hands or disposable gloves with oil before shaping the meatballs. Then, roll the mixture between your hands into balls and flatten them slightly. You can adjust the size based on your preference. Continue rolling until you’ve shaped all the mixture into balls.

Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs

You still have another half of the green rice, which will serve as the “breadcrumb” for your meatballs. Coat each meatball with green rice flakes.

Coating meatballs with green rice flakes

Heat the oil in a pan and begin frying them. Deep-frying will result in crispier meatballs, thanks to the fried green rice flakes.

Frying meatballs

Once the meatballs are cooked, rest them on oil-absorbent tissue to reduce the excess oil.

How to serve Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs

A delightful dish is ready for you to serve, with a vibrant green color on the outside and a juicy, soft, and sweet meat mixture inside. You can enjoy it as a side dish or with cooked jasmine rice and vegetables. As for dipping sauce, options such as sweet chili sauce, fish sauce, ketchup, or sriracha are all suitable. Feel free to choose your favorite sauce.

vietnamese green rice meatballs

Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This post will introduce you a recipe with Vietnamese Green Rice or Cốm: Vietnamese Green Rice Meat Balls.

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1. Preparation.

  • Firstly, soak half of the green rice (50g or 1.7oz) in water and chop some shallots. I typically chop several cups of shallots and freeze them. Whenever I need chopped or minced shallots for a recipe, I simply take a bit from the freezer to use.

Step 2. Shaping Meatballs

  • After soaking for 5 minutes, drain the rice to remove excess water. Mix the soaked green rice, minced pork, shallots, salt, pepper, and vegetable oil together. Ensure that they are evenly mixed.
  • Prepare a plate with a bit of oil on it. Coat your hands or disposable gloves with oil before shaping the meatballs. Then, roll the mixture between your hands into balls and flatten them slightly. You can adjust the size based on your preference. Continue rolling until you've shaped all the mixture into balls.making meat balls with Vietnamese green rice flakes
  • You still have another half of the green rice. Now, coat each meatball with green rice flakes.Vietnamese Green Rice meatballs

Step 3. Frying

  • Heat the oil in a pan and begin frying them. Deep-frying will result in crispier meatballs thanks to fried green rice flakes.Vietnamese Green Rice Meatballs
  • Once the meatballs are cooked, rest them on oil absorbent tissue to reduce the redundant oil.

Step 4. Serving

  • You can either eat it as a side dish or eat with cooked jasmine rice and vegetables. For dipping sauce, sweet chilli sauce, fish sauce, ketchup or siracha are all matched, feel free to choose your favorite sauce.vietnamese green rice meatballs
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423

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