Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Sweet and Sour dish — particularly sweet and sour pork is a Cantonese dish that was introduced by Chinese migrants to the West in the early part of 20th Century.  Since then, it evolved into variety of dishes with the same basic ingredients — sweet and sour sauce. Some are prepared with chicken and some are prepared with seafood such as fish and shrimp; sweet and sour meatballs dish is just another twist.

 

Preparing sweet and sour meatballs is very simple and don’t let the long list of ingredients and procedure scare you.  I only organized it in a way where you can serve it quickly right after cooking.   There are two different methods of cooking the meatballs.  You can deep fry them or bake them—just like what I did here.  By the way, this is also a good appetizer for your next party.  Just cook the meatballs and serve them with sweet and sour sauce without the veggies.

 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

INGREDIENTS:

    Meatballs Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb ground pork or ground turkey
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 of small onion - finely chopped
  4. 1 small carrot - finely chopped
  5. 2 1/2 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  9. 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1 Tablespoon cornstarch



  11. Vegetable Ingredients:

  12. 1 cup pineapple chunks - juice drained
  13. 1 small carrot - sliced thinly
  14. 1/2 of small green bell pepper - sliced 1/4 inch thick
  15. 1/2 of small red bell pepper - sliced 1/4 inch thick
  16. 1/2 of small onion - diced 1/2 inch square
  17. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  18. 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil for stir frying.



  19. Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients:

  20. 1/2 cup water
  21. 1/2 cup sugar
  22. 6 Tablespoon palm vinegar
  23. 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
  24. 4 teaspoon soy sauce
  25. 3 teaspoon sesame oil
  26. 1 Tablespoon water and 1 Tablespoon cornstarch (as thickener)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the meatballs ingredients.
  2. Set aside in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour.

  3. In a separate small bowl, combine water and cornstarch (thickener) then set aside.

  4. In a sauce pan, combine all the sauce ingredients.
  5. Place sauce pan on medium heat.
  6. Stir the sauce until it starts boiling.
  7. Add water and cornstarch thickener then continue stirring until the sauce starts to thicken.
  8. Turn the heat off then set the sauce aside.

  9. Meatballs Preparations:

  10. Add water in a small bowl or cup then set aside within your work area.
  11. Line a baking pan with parchment paper then set aside within your work area.
  12. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees.

  13. Wet your palms with a bit of water from the bowl. Water will prevent the ground meat from sticking to your palm.
  14. Scoop one teaspoon ground meat then place on your palm.
  15. Mold each into balls with both palms.
  16. Place each meatballs on the lined baking tray.
  17. Repeat the process until all of ground meat have been molded.


  18. You should be able to come up with meatballs that are about 1 inch in diameter. Oh, I just noticed! Is my middle finger crooked or what? Anyway, after molding all the ground meat (like the picture below), place the tray of meatballs in preheated oven then bake for 20 minutes or until meatballs are golden brown.


  19. Final Preparation:

  20. Note: Do these steps only when the meatballs and sauce are already cooked.

  21. Place wok over high heat. Let the wok smolder a little bit before adding the oil.
  22. Add the vegetable oil.
  23. When the oil is hot, add sliced carrots then stir fry for about 1 minute.
  24. Add minced garlic then stir fry for 10 seconds.
  25. Add pineapple chunks then stir fry for 1 minute.
  26. Add cooked meatballs then stir fry for 1 minute.
  27. Add bell peppers and onions then stir fry for 30 seconds.
  28. Add sauce and boil for about 30 seconds.
  29. Serve immediately with rice.

  30. ENJOY!
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36 Comments → “Sweet and Sour Meatballs”

  1. Ray! I love these meatball with sweat and sour flavor! Look at that shiny nice glaze on the meatballs… what an amazing food photography! I’ll be fighting for the last piece of meatballs with my kids. ;-)

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you for the compliment, Nami. :)

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  2. That is one amazing recipe Ray!
    I can’t wait to try it!
    my daughter loves anything with meat balls, she will go wild if I serve her this

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      I’m sure you and your daughter will enjoy it. Thanks Sawsan! :)

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  3. This looks fantastic. I love the idea of making it as an appetizer. I don’t know that I can find palm vinegar around here. What do you suggest as an alternative? I don’t even know what the flavor is like so whether to go stronger; cider vinegar, or more mild; champagne vinegar. Help? :)

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you, Christiane. Cider or Red wine would be good substiture just stay away from plain distilled vinegar because it will be too strong. When substituting, always start with small amount and work your way after each tasting. :)

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  4. Tina(PinayInTexas) Identicon Icon Tina(PinayInTexas)

    2 years ago

    Beautiful dish, Ray! This was another favorite of mine when I was growing up! I love how well the sweet and sour sauce complements the meatballs!

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  5. skip to malou Identicon Icon skip to malou

    2 years ago

    Ray, this will brighten my day (as it has been raining here in STL) so please find a way to bring that over here at my doorstep haha.
    Love the step by step photos and the work to put up this post. Kudos Ray!
    malou

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  6. Liz Identicon Icon Liz

    2 years ago

    Ray, what a gorgeous dish! And I love everything about it…yum, yum, yum!!!!

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  7. Adora's Box Identicon Icon Adora's Box

    2 years ago

    I love bola bola, Ray. Isn’t our Tagalog word for meatballs so funny? Your healthier version sounds so good. Looks amazing, too.

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  8. Juliana Identicon Icon Juliana

    2 years ago

    Ray, can you believe that I never had meatballs in sweet and sour sauce…what’s wrong with me? I love that you baked the meatballs instead of frying them…look delicious…great pictures as always.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)

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  9. peachkins Identicon Icon peachkins

    2 years ago

    I love anything sweet and sour…specially meatballs!!!

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  10. Raymund Identicon Icon Raymund

    2 years ago

    Nakakagutom, I suddenly remembered and miss Chow King. Love that shiny sauce glaze.

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  11. Sissi Identicon Icon Sissi

    2 years ago

    Ray, your meatballs look already irresistible when they are still raw! Not to mention the final fantastic result!

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  12. Chef Ray, my goodness…ano ba ‘yan??? This is my absolute, most favorite dish of all!!!! Love, love, love sweet sour meatballs! You have great photos and a really good recipe. I must try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. wow- great post & photos! Will be trying this as soon as I can clear out the fridge from other leftovers- LOL!

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  14. Lilly Identicon Icon Lilly

    2 years ago

    The colors in this dish immediately caught my eye! It looks like a party on a plate!

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  15. Peggy Identicon Icon Peggy

    2 years ago

    What a gorgeous dish! Definitely love that the meatballs are jam-packed with flavor =)

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  16. Manu Identicon Icon Manu

    2 years ago

    A M A Z I N G recipe Ray! I LOVE sweet and sour and I love meatballs! I had never thought of combining them in the same dish! This looks awesome! :-)

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  17. mjskit Identicon Icon mjskit

    2 years ago

    I’m on a meatball craze right now so this recipe definitely has caught my interest – aside from the beautiful pictures! I LOVE sweet and sour dishes but I always feel guilty about eating them because most of the time the meat is battered and fried. I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating these at all! Delicious looking meal!

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  18. Kankana Identicon Icon Kankana

    2 years ago

    I love the idea of sweet and sour in a dish ! The meat balls are looking amazing and dish looks so colorful.

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  19. Gemma Identicon Icon Gemma

    2 years ago

    I’m really starving when I see the photos. I should say that I adore that you baked the meatballs instead of frying them. It really look delicious and you had a great pictures as usually. Will be attempting this as soon as I can distinct out the fridge from other leftovers.

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  20. I love sweet and sour flavour! And the colour is great too. Must make some too!

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  21. Hello, meatball heaven! Growing up my Mom always loved ordering these from a little Filipino restaurant that has now closed; I should definitely whip these up for her very soon. Thanks, Ray!

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  22. Greg Identicon Icon Greg

    2 years ago

    I love all the flavors at play here and I think I’d definitely use pork. I never have ground turkey on hand.

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  23. Carolyn Jung Identicon Icon Carolyn Jung

    2 years ago

    What a great twist on the usual sweet and sour spareribs. Plus, meatballs are easier to eat. ;)

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  25. That’s a super sarap meatballs just from the look of it..
    I will try this. i tried to make a beef meatballs last week, hindi masarap gawa ko, something was missing, or maybe di ko lang talaga gusto ang taste of ground beef ..
    I’ll try this one… never tried turkey. naku san ba ko maghanap dito hahaha

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  26. Kristi Rimkus Identicon Icon Kristi Rimkus

    2 years ago

    Ray – every time I visit your blog, my mouth simply waters. Your meatballs and sauce looks so delicious. I’ve saved this recipe for the week.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comments, Kristi! :)

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  27. Ann Identicon Icon Ann

    2 years ago

    Ray – this is a great recipe and your pictures are stunning! What a beautiful FEAST! I don’t know if I could share them if they were appetizers – I’d just stand by the meatballs and shoo everyone away!

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  28. Heather Identicon Icon Heather

    2 years ago

    This is one of the best recipes I have found in the past few years, maybe the best. I might have to lick the pan. :-) I used ground beef and apple cider vinegar and doubled the veggies.

    Thank you so much, Ray!

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  29. MYR Identicon Icon MYR

    1 month ago

    FOR THE 1ST TIME I SEE AND EASY WAY TO MAKE THE DISH.
    tHANK YOU

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      1 month ago

      Thank you for your comment. :)

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