Pork Dumpling Meatballs
with Quick Pickled Bahn Mi Slaw

Pork Dumpling Meatballs with Quick Pickled Bahn Mi Slaw

These flavor-packed meatballs and slaw are SO DANG GOOD!!!! They make a great starter/appetizer OR are satiating enough to be a meal on it's own! After you make these, you're gunna immediately file them under "recipe favorites" - we sure have!
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Cuisine Paleo
Servings 4 servings



  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 medium cucumber seeded and cut into matchsticks
  • 1/3 medium daikon radish peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 medium radishes trimmed and sliced as thinly as possible
  • 1 small jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon pickled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon brine from pickled ginger jar


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 cup cabbage chopped fine
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • handul cilantro roughly chopped, optional
  • pinch toasted black sesame seeds optional



  • In a small pot over medium heat, mix together vinegar and honey. Just heat enough for the honey to dissolve completely into vinegar, mixing as you go, and once it's fully dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together next 7 ingredients (carrot through pickled ginger brine). Once mixed, transfer slaw to a medium sized jar (12 to 16 ounces). Pour vinegar mixture over the top until it's fully saturated all the veggies. Seal jar and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before eating.


  • In a large bowl, using clean hands, combine all remaining ingredients EXCEPT cilantro and sesame seeds (pork through salt).
  • Cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator for at least an hour before cooking or overnight.
  • At time of cooking, remove meat mixture from refrigerator. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Shape meat into 1 to 2 inches in diameter balls. Grill for about 15 minutes constantly rotating, or until cooked through.
  • Serve with a side of Quick Pickled Bahn Mi Slaw and garnish with cilantro and toasted black sesame seeds.


Another cooking option: after shaping meatballs, gently flatten them so they become small patties, and you could serve them as sliders with the slaw on top - and maybe on top of a parboiled cabbage leaf cut to the proper size for the slider.
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