These ground pork patties are flavored with Vietnamese-style ingredients, served with a salad, sweet-and-sour dipping sauce, and rice on the side.

Vietnamese pork patty on a bed of lettuce surrounded by sliced cucumber and tomatoes.

We are huge fans of the fresh flavors and contrasting textures and temperatures of Vietnamese cuisine, and this quick and easy recipe made with ground pork satisfies those cravings with very little effort.

The pork patties are flavored with garlic, fish sauce, lime, and cinnamon, pan-fried, and served with a quick sauce made with Thai sweet chili sauce, Vietnamese fish sauce, soy sauce, and freshly squeezed lime juice. We like to serve on a bed of tender leaf lettuce, with slices of tomato and cucumber and steamed white rice on the side.

Bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers topped with a pork patty, with rice and dipping sauce on the side.

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Vietnamese-Style Pork Patties With Piquant Dipping Sauce

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These ground pork patties are flavored with Vietnamese-style ingredients, served with a salad, sweet-and-sour dipping sauce, and rice on the side.


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

For the accompaniments:

  • 10 ounces Bibb lettuce
  • 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced


  • Combine the pork, onion, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice, sriracha, cinnamon and cornstarch in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Divide the meat and form into four patties.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meat patties and fry until cooked through, 2-1/2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • While the pork cooks, combine the Thai sweet chili sauce, lime juice, fish sauce and soy sauce in a small bowl.
  • To serve, arrange a bed of lettuce on each plate, sprinkle with a tablespoon of the cilantro, then top with a serving of rice and a pork patty. Drizzle a little of the sauce on the pork and arrange the tomato and cucumber slices around the edges of the plates.
  • Serve with steamed white rice and pass the remaining dipping sauce at the table.

Tips for Making This Recipe

This meat mixture uses cornstarch as a binder instead of eggs. If you feel that the consistency is too wet, add a little extra cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon at a time until it reaches the point where the patties will be easy to form.
Calories: 474kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 1174mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 19g, Iron: 2mg
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