Recipe: Pork Meatballs, Latest Version and bonus dipping sauce

No pictures as they are always eaten as soon as I make them, but these have become a weekly event in our house and actually get requested. There are two dipping sauces – one sweet soy one for the kids and a ginger, garlic and chilli one for adults. I left the bowl of leftover ginger sauce out in the kitchen last night and the house now smells of ginger.

This started as a recipe torn from the Guardian but I’ve tweaked a fair amount


500g pork mince
1 egg
Scant half tablespoon of cornflour
Some chopped onion – either spring onions, or shallots ideally.
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted in a small frying pan and then allowed to cool
Some sesame oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce
Some chopped mint leaves
A small sprinkling of chilli powder (chilli flakes if you aren’t cooking for kids)
Salt and pepper

soy dipping sauce

Equal amounts of soy sauce and mirin
A small amount of sugar – approx half as much by volume as soy sauce
A peeled piece of garlic
Some pepper corns

ginger dipping sauce
From here with additions

1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon mince ginger
Some chilli powder
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese vinegar (wine vinegar works if necessary)
Juice of half a lime
Teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Mix the meatball ingredients together. Leave for the flavour to develop for at least an hour.

Make the 2 sauces – the soy one is made by http all the ingredients together in a small pan and simmering until the mixture has halved in volume and is glossy. The ginger one just needs all the ingredients mixed together in a bowl.

When you are read to cook the meatballs, form them and then fry them over a medium heat. Serve with noodles, the dipping sauces and steamed broccoli.

A bonus idea is to make a salad the next day with leftover noodles, the ginger dip and some hot smoked salmon. At least, that’s my lunch today and I’m enjoying it.

About Nuala

Geeky feminist Irish woman living in Scotland. Has two daughters and a lot of yarn. Really likes hummus.
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