Xiu Mai or Vietnamese Meatballs in Tomato Sauce is a classic dish that is commonly made throughout many Vietnamese households. The meatballs are extremely juicy & flavorful while also being smothered with that delicious tomato sauce. It’s one of the most delicious dishes you’ll have ever tried.

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Xiu Mai

If you ever met me before, you’ll know that one of my most favorite foods lớn get from Subway is a meatball sub. The nice toasty bread combined with the rich flavorful meatball and sauce is something that is out of this world.

I always thought that was going to lớn be the best sandwich that I’ll ever have.

However, I was oh so wrong. In fact, it wasn’t until I visited my grandma where she said she can make a way better sandwich than the one subway makes.

At first, I was definitely doubting her skills. After all, that meatball sub from Subway is god tier.

But then, she popped out of the kitchen holding something that looks similar khổng lồ a meatball sub except it was a bit different. You could tell that the sauce was different, the meatballs were definitely larger, & the most interesting thing is that the bread was actually a baguette.

Think of a banh mày sandwich except with meatballs and sauce as the filling. That was exactly what she served me. Once I tried it, my brain instantly malfunctioned. It was that darn good! add in a few pieces of cilantro & it tastes even better!

It was definitely one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. Who knew there was a Vietnamese version of the classic meatball sub? At least I didn’t.

But I’m glad I got to lớn try it as I have instantly fallen in love with it.

Difference Between Xiu Mai and Siu Mai/Shumai

When you first think of the name Xiu Mai, you might be thinking of another dish that also sounds amazingly similar called Siu Mai. However don’t get these two mixed up as they are completely different dishes.

Siu Mai is the Chinese version of a dumpling with meat wrapped inside of some dough wrappers. It is usually served in Dim Dum restaurants and is absolutely delicious on its own.

Where as Xiu Mai is a Vietnamese meatball that is smothered in delicious tomato sauce. It can usually be found served by itself or in certain places, they even put them inside of some bread lớn make a sandwich.

Overall however, both dishes are simply amazing lớn eat, but just keep in mind that they are vastly different.

Why This Recipe Works?

Xiu Mai is one of the most flavorful và delicious dishes you’ll ever try. Once you make this dish, you will never be able to lớn go back khổng lồ the original boring meatballs you had before.This is basically like spaghetti and meatballs except without the spaghetti. The meatballs are marinated inside a delicious tomato sauce that pairs perfectly with anything you địa chỉ cửa hàng it with.This dish is extremely simple and fast to make. Only needing about an hour of your time & you’ll be able lớn make a dish that your entire family will fall in love with.

Ingredients to lớn Make Xiu Mai

The ingredients you’ll need to lớn make Xiu Mai / Vietnamese Meatballs In Tomato Sauce can all be easily found at any of your local Asian supermarkets.

Basically, you’ll need the following:

For The Meatball:

Ground Pork – 1 Pound of Ground PorkSoy Sauce – 2 Teaspoons of Soy SauceVegetable Oil – 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable OilChicken Bouillon Powder – 1/2 Tablespoon of Chicken Bouillon PowderOnion – 1/2 a Yellow/White Onion (Minced)Red Shallot – 50% a Shallot (Minced)Jicama – một nửa Cup of Jicama (Cut Into Strips)Garlic – 2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)Black Pepper – 1 Teaspoon of black PepperCornstarch – 1 Tablespoon of Corn StarchEgg – (Optional) 1 Egg

For The Sauce:

Vegetable Oil – 2 Tablespoon of Vegetable OilGarlic – 4 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)Tomato – 4 Ripe Tomatoes (Diced)Water – 1 Cup of WaterSugar – 1 Tablespoon of Granulated trắng SugarFish Sauce – 2 Tablespoon of Fish SauceBlack Pepper – 1/4 Teaspoon of đen PepperSalt – một nửa Teaspoon of SaltTomato Paste – 1 một nửa Tablespoon of Tomato PasteGreen Onion – 1 Green Onion StalkCilantro – Garnish


For The Starch Slurry:

Corn Starch – 2 Teaspoon of Corn StarchWater – 1 Tablespoon of Water

How lớn Make Xiu Mai

Making the Xiu Mai / Vietnamese Meatballs In Tomato Sauce is a really simple thing khổng lồ do.

Basically the process is as followed:

Prepping The Jicama

First thing you’ll want to vì chưng is lớn cut up your Jicama into thin strips.

Then pour a few cups of water into a pot & bring it khổng lồ a boil. Once it’s boiling add in a một nửa teaspoon of salt as well as your strips of Jicama. Let it cook around for a few minutes or until the Jicama becomes soft.


Once it’s soft, turn off the heat. Drain the pot và pat the Jicama dry with a napkin. Then use a knife and chop the strips of Jicama into tiny pieces. Then phối it aside.

Now it’s time to lớn make the meatballs.

Making The Meatballs

Grab a skillet or pan and pour some oil into it over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot enough, add in your minced onion, shallot & garlic pieces. Then cook them around for a few minutes or until they are nicely softened & fragrant. Then turn off the heat và set aside.

Grab a bowl, and showroom in your ground pork, chopped jicama, cooked onions, cooked shallots và cooked garlic. Then showroom in your seasonings (salt, sugar, chicken bouillon powder, black pepper, soy sauce, and cornstarch).

(Optional) You can crack in 1 egg as well if you want for better flavor.

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Mix things together really well until everything is nicely incorporated with each other.

Then using your hands, grab a small handful of the mixture & roll it into a meatball shape. Then set it aside. Continue doing this for the rest of the mixture until you have made it all into meatballs.

Note: kích cỡ of meatball is totally dependent on how big you want them to be.

Using your favorite steaming method, steam your meatballs for around trăng tròn minutes. Once they are finished steaming, mix them aside.

Now you can make your sauce.

Making The Sauce

Grab a skillet or pan and pour some oil into it over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot enough, địa chỉ cửa hàng in your chopped green onions and minced garlic. Stir it around until things start to lớn get fragrant.

Then add in your tomatoes, tomato paste và seasonings (sugar, salt, chicken bouillon powder) into the pan or skillet. Then continue lớn stir things around.

Grab your cup of water & pour it into the pan or skillet.

Make sure you are stirring the sauce around at this time.

Once the mixture starts lớn boil, add in the meatballs you have just made. Stir the meatballs around in the sauce to fully coat them. Then lower the heat to a low simmer & let it cook for around 10 minutes.

After time is up, grab a bowl & make your starch slurry (cornstarch + water). Then pour it into the pan or skillet and stir immediately until the sauce starts to lớn thicken.

Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat.

Congratulations, you have just made Xiu Mai.

Serve immediately!

How khổng lồ Store/Keep For Future Eating

Storing this Xiu Mai / Vietnamese Meatballs In Tomato Sauce dish is a really simple thing to lớn do. Basically, if you have any leftovers remaining, simply cover it up with some plastic wrap or you can store them inside of some air-tight containers. Then you can place it in the fridge where it should be good for up lớn 3 days.

As for freezing, I wouldn’t suggest you khổng lồ freeze the xiu mai dish after you have made it. The reason is that the sauce that comes with it will usually not freeze very well. And once you re-heat it, the texture is usually much different.

If you want to freeze it however, I would suggest you to lớn freeze the xiu mai meat balls before you cook them. This way you can freeze them for up to lớn 3 months. And whenever you are ready lớn make them again, simply defrost and start cooking.

As for re-heating, simply take them out of the fridge and cook it inside of a pot or skillet over medium-high heat. Once it is nice and hot again, it should be ready to lớn serve.

FAQS About This Recipe

Can’t eat pork, can I substitute with another type of meat?

Yes! The best thing about this recipe is that it is incredibly versatile. You can use any type of ground meat that you want. Whether it is beef or chicken or anything else can all work. Some people even lượt thích to use shrimp khổng lồ make shrimp meatballs!

Where vì chưng you buy Jicama?

Typically you can find Jicama usually being sold at any of your local Asian supermarkets. However if they don’t have any or you simply can’t find it, you can replace with some anything that’s similar like a Daikon for example.

Tips to Make The Best Tasting Xiu Mai

For maximum amount of flavor, try to use fattier cuts of meat. The more fat your meat has, the more flavors that will spread throughout the meatball.Try to leave some chunks of tomatoes when you cut up the tomatoes. Try not khổng lồ make them too small so that you can still get some texture in the sauce when you start to lớn eat it.If you are able to lớn find a baguette style bread, then one thing you can totally try is khổng lồ make a meatball sandwich. Simply slice xuất hiện your bread, địa chỉ cửa hàng the meatballs & some sauce then enjoy.