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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Meat Paste/Gio




This recipe is inspired by Andrea Nguyen Cookbook - Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. I have changed it to suit my taste by adding sesame oil and ACCORD to keep the meat moist.

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Marinate:
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp ACCORD - (a picture of and what is ACCORD can be found hereBouncy Beef Balls)
or
2 lbs boneless well-trimmed boneless pork leg
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
3 1/2 tbsp tapioca starch
5 tbsp fish sauce
4 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp ACCORD


Method:

Slice meat into 1/4 inch thick strips. Remove the silvery strip of tendon, cartilage or sinewy bits, keep visible fat for richness.

Mix marinade well and add in to meat. Mix well and cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to overnight. The meat will stiffen as it sits.

Working in batches, Grind the meat in a food processor until a smooth, stiff, light pink paste forms.(it will take several minutes. if your food processor is not heavy duty, stop machine after every minute - this is also good for the meat, as the heat in the grinding, if for too long, might cook the meat). The paste is ready when there is no more visible bits of meat and the paste should have a slight sheen.

Remove paste from food processor into the stand mixer bowl. Using the paddle, beat the paste on high speed for 1 - 2 minutes.
The paste is ready for making into sausages or meat balls.
Meat Balls ala Don

For making Gio Lua(a smooth, light colored sausage)

Bring a 4 or 5 quart pot of water to the boil, lower to a simmer and keep warm.

Put a 12 x 18 inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil on a work surface, with the short side closest to you.

Center a 5 x 12 inch banana leaf on the foil.

Deposit a chinese rice bowl of packed paste on to the bottom edge of the leaf, roughly shaping it into a fat 5 inch long log. Roll up the leaf to encase the paste, creating a cylinder. Place cylinder at one of the short end of the foil and roll it up, letting the foil naturally over-lap to form a silver tube. Seal the ends close and folding toward the center. The tube has to be tied to ensure the shape and compactness of the paste, make sure the string is taut.

Return the pot of water to a boil. Drop in sausages and boil for 40 minutes.

Let them cool completely before untying and removing the foil.

Keep the banana leaf in place and can be refrigerated until serving.




Serves

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Lily,
Thank you for sharing this recipe with bloggers. I been trying to find this recipe for some time now.

I like it for Vietnames sandwichs and other dishes. Wonderful.

Cindy

backyana said...

Hi Lilly,
can you please tell me what is ACCORD?

regards
backyana

Anonymous said...

Hi lily,

I was reading your blog for three years now but this is my first time writing a comment. YOU ARE THE BEST, I do learn a lot from you. I am wondering what is ACCORD? Where can I get it in Canada? Thanks.

Ann from Canada

lilyng said...

backyana and ann from canada

i have put the picture of ACCORD and the literature of what it is in Bouncy beef balls.

hoangtam/tt said...

Way to go lily!

btw, if the paste is not wrapped and cooked then it's called moc. If it is wrapped and cooked then it's called gio lua (north) and cha lua (south). You can deep fry it to make cha chien, mix with some rice flakes to make cha com, add cinnamon and bake to make cha que, add garlic and black pepper to make cha hue. ;)

lilyng said...

tt

thanks for visiting and thanks for adding more ideas for my 'to do list'

Zy said...

Dear Lily,

Is there any substitute for ingredient ACCORD? Any idea where I can find this in Malaysia/Singapore?

Thanks.

lilyng said...

zy

just omit accord if you cannot find it in malaysia or singapore

Anonymous said...

hi Lily,
what is the purpose of- Remove paste from food processor into the stand mixer bowl. Using the paddle, beat the paste on high speed for 1 - 2 minutes?
Thanks
Hon

Rachel said...

hi Lily,

Would it turn out ok if I don't use any ACCORD?

Also, how many roll would the recipe make?

I bought some frozen banana leave, after defrosting, how do I prepare it for wrapping?

Where do you buy the string for tying the meat?

Thanks.

lilyng said...

rachael

the original recipe has no Accord and it is good.

Depending on the size you are making, you should be able to get at least 2

Banana leaves have to be cooked in hot boiling water until pliable and you would have to wipe them clean before using.

i bought the cotton strings from the asian stores and i am sure you can get them in your regular supermarkets.

sameer said...

HI-LILYNG WITH REGARDS WANT TO KNOW THE TYPE OF MEAR PROCESSOR USED FOR MAKING BOUNCY MEAT BALLS AND WHERE CAN I BUY THAT.

THANKS THANKS.PLEASE. I LIKE THAT BETTER THAN ANY OTHER FOOD IN THE WORLD. WAITING FOR REPLY
.

Anonymous said...

Lily, just to let them know that they can find ACCORD in Singapore. Beach Road Center where they sell Thai stuffs section. I have seen it there.

Lena.

lilyng said...

lena

have not talked to you for quite awhile - busy?

thanks for this valuable tip

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