Don’t you just love meatballs? I love them for their compactness. All that meaty goodness in one tightly-packed, bite-sized lump. It’s just so easy to pop them in your mouth and lose count of how many you’ve had.
Prepare this dish if you want to surprise your family (or your partner if you want to get some action, you naughty you) with something sweet. Could work as potluck too when you’ve run out of options on what to bring.
For the meatballs:
- 250 grams of ground pork (I used ground chicken though)
- 100 grams of ham ( I used chicken too), chopped finely
- a small carrot, about 80 grams, chopped finely
- an onion, about 50 grams, chopped finely too
- an egg
- 3/4 cup of cornstarch
- a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce or liquid seasoning (or both)
- half a teaspoon of ground pepper
- oil for frying (maybe 2 cups, depending on your wok)
For the sauce:
- half an onion, cut into strips (or rings)
- 10 grams of capsicum or red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1/4 cup of banana catsup
- 1/4 cup of pineapple juice
- 3 spoonfuls of sugar
- half a teaspoon of fine salt
- a spoon of white vinegar
In a big bowl, combine and blend together the meatball mixture. You might have to use two spoons to make and mould the meatballs without touching the mixture. It pays to practice first before firing up the oil. Once you are ready, heat a wok and fill it with oil. Fry the meatballs until golden brown and set them aside. You may want to fry just one meatball first, let it cool, taste it, and adjust the mixture as needed. If all’s well, then fry away. Make sure you drain the excess oil by placing them on a plate lined with paper towels.
In another frying pan, place 2 spoons of oil from the wok where you fried the meatballs. Saute the onions and the bell pepper together until onions are transparent. Put in the pineapple juice, catsup, sugar, salt and vinegar. Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves and the smell of vinegar is gone. Make sure you taste the sauce first to get the right amount of sweetness.
Put all the meatballs on a serving dish and pour your sweet and sour sauce over them. You’ll realize though, that the meatballs may go well with anything. So maybe one day, you might want to pour gravy over it instead. It also goes great by itself. Don’t forget to say “hmm, these balls are yummy!” Or if you’re a guy cooking them: “how do you like my balls?”