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Vietnamese Meatball Soup Recipe

Vietnamese Meatball Soup Recipe

Credit: Georgia Harding

This Vietnamese meatball soup is a delicious, fuss-free meal that is both nutritious and healing. It’s also very versatile, so you can tailor it to suit your taste and pantry supplies. It’s one of my family’s favourite meals right now.

Serves: 4



  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4cm piece ginger, finely grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely grated or crushed
  • 3 cups chicken bone broth/stock
  • 400mL coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, vein removed & thinly sliced
  • 6–8 spring onions, white part sliced
  • Vegetables (any), sliced very small
  • Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • Juice 1 lime
  • Coriander or Vietnamese mint, to serve
  • Chilli flakes, to serve

  • Meatballs
  • 1 heaped tbsp finely grated ginger
    2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
    1 small carrot, finely grated
    500g (approx.) chicken mince
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
    1 tsp sea salt
  • Good grind black pepper
    Zest 1 lime
  1. In large pot, heat coconut oil. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for 1 min until garlic just starts softening.
  2. Add chicken broth, coconut milk, turmeric, fish sauce, coconut sugar, kaffir lime leaves and spring onion and bring to a rolling simmer.
  3. While that's heating, make meatballs by putting ginger, coriander, carrot, chicken mince, coconut flour, sea salt, black pepper and lime zest into large bowl. Mix together until well combined and form into golfball-sized balls.
  4. With soup at rolling simmer, add meatballs and allow to cook for 5 mins or so until cooked through (the larger the meatballs the longer they will need).
  5. If you are adding vegetables, carefully remove meatballs and divide between serving bowls and add vegetables to soup to blanch for a couple of mins (take care not to overcook). Leafy green vegetables should be added at very end.
  6. Divide vegetables between bowls.
  7. Last, add lime juice to soup, taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Divide soup between bowls, garnish with coriander or Vietnamese mint and serve with chilli flakes.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.