Dining Down Under – Mini Vietnamese Pork Buns

With roast pork, fresh herbs, salad and a hint of chilli, these Mini Vietnamese Pork Buns will be the hit of your next cocktail party.
By Christina Soong-Kroeger

I adore Vietnamese food. The combination of Asian ingredients and cooking styles with French influences and fresh herbs makes it one of my all-time favourite cuisines.

When my beautiful niece turned one, my brother and sister in law celebrated with a big party. As part of a stunning buffet spread, they served up make your own Vietnamese pork rolls and they were hugely popular.

So when we had a pre-Christmas together recently I wanted to serve up Pork Rolls. However, I decided to serve a mini version, as the full-size roll is usually enough for a meal.

With roast pork, fresh herbs, salad and a hint of chilli, these Mini Vietnamese Pork Buns will be the hit of your next cocktail party.


Dining Down Under - Mini Vietnamese Pork Buns
 
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With roast pork, fresh herbs, salad and a hint of chilli, these Mini Vietnamese Pork Buns will be the hit of your next cocktail party.
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Recipe Type: Appetizer
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 packet of 10 soft, slightly sweet buns (from Asian grocer)
  • Half jar mayonnaise
  • ½ white radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 continental cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 250 grams sliced mixed Roast Belly Pork with Crackling and Chinese Roast Pork [Cha Sui] (from specialist Chinese shop or restaurant)
  • Half bunch fresh mint
  • Half bunch fresh coriander
  • 3 Birds Eye chillies, seeds removed and thinly sliced (optional)
  • Soya sauce
Instructions
  1. Slice buns in half without completely cutting through the bun.
  2. Butter base of bun with mayonnaise.
  3. Add a small amount of radish, carrot and cucumber to the base of each bun.
  4. Top with 3-4 slices of mixed roast pork.
  5. Add a few fresh mint and coriander leaves, and chillies, if desired.
  6. Add a dash of soy sauce and close the top of the bun.
Notes
Asian buns are quite unlike Western rolls, being soft and slightly sweet - they're more of a brioche than a crusty roll. These buns are super easy to make, but should be made up just before guests arrive (or on the spot) for best results.
 

 

 

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