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Vietnamese Egg Meatloaf (Cha Trung) is a delicious Southern dish which is easy and quick to make. You can enjoy it as either a side dish or main dish.
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Vietnamese Egg Meatloaf

Vietnamese Egg Meatloaf (Cha Trung) is a delicious dish which is easy and quick to make. You can enjoy it as either a side dish or main dish.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Appetizers and Side dishes, Main Dish
Cuisine: Seafood, Vietnamese
Servings: 4 people
Calories:
Author: Sophie

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork
  • 0.5 lb crab meat
  • 1 oz dried wood-ear mushroom
  • 0.5 oz dried shiitake mushroom
  • 1.5 oz cellophane noodles
  • 4 medium to large eggs
  • 2 scallion stalks
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Soak cellophane noodles in cold water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove from water, wash, drain and cut into 1 - 2'' long pieces.
  • Soak wood-ear mushroom and shiitake mushroom in hot water for 5 - 7 minutes or until fully rehydrated and soft. After that, remove from water, wash, drain and squeeze out excess water. Remove stems and put into the bowl of a food chopper/food processor. Add shallot and garlic to the food chopper and process everything into fine pieces.
    Vietnamese Egg Meatloaf (Cha Trung) - a simple and easy Southern Vietnamese dish
  • Thinly slice scallion.
  • Separate the yolks and the whites of 3 eggs. Beat and refrigerate the egg yolks.
  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl: ground pork, crab meat, cellophane noodles, wood-ear mushroom and shiitake mushroom mixture, scallion, fish sauce, salt, pepper, 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites. Mix well into a pale and sticky mixture.
  • Grease a square pan or round cake pan with olive oil (I use a 9'' round cake pan). Transfer the meatloaf mixture to the pan. Press to evenly distribute the mixture and smooth the surface.
    Vietnamese Egg Meatloaf (Cha Trung) - a simple and easy Southern Vietnamese dish
  • Bake the meatloaf in the oven for 18 minutes. After 18 minutes, remove it from the oven and brush the beaten egg yolk all over the top of the meatloaf. Return it to the oven, bake with the oven door open for 5-7 minutes until everything is fully cooked.
    Vietnamese Egg Meatloaf (Cha Trung) - a simple and easy Southern Vietnamese dish
  • Take the meatloaf out of the oven. Let it rest for 3-5 minutes and then cut into slices or wedges and serve.

Notes

The diameter of my cake pan is 9'' and my meatloaf is about 1-1.5'' thick. If yours is thicker, you may need to adjust cooking time accordingly.