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Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Chinese sweet and sour meatballs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: meat, sweet and sour
Servings: 2 Making 13-14 meatballs (3-4cm in diameter)
Calories: 701 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 2 cups ground pork
  • Oil for frying
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
Pork marinating
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
Ginger, garlic and green onion water
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger , minced
  • 1 green onion , minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm water
Sweet and sour sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar , both white or black version can work
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons corn starch
  1. Marinate ground pork with a small pinch of salt, soy sauce and sesame oil.
  2. Chop green onion, garlic and ginger, and then soak with 3 tablespoons of water.
  3. In another bowl, mixing all ingredients for sweet and sour sauce.
  4. Add the ginger, green onion and garlic water in the ground pork by three batches. Stir in one direction until the pork absorbs the water completely after each adding.
  5. Place around 3 teaspoons of cornstarch in the mixture and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes until the pork becomes slightly sticky and present a paste like texture.
  6. Shape them into balls (mine is around 4cm- 5cm in diameter). Pat them several times between the two palms so the balls will become dense enough. If you feel the pork is slightly sticky, coat your hand with clean water or wear a plastic glove.
  7. Heat up around 4 tablespoons of cooking oil in wok (we will exclude some of them after frying the meatballs, so do not be scared about the oil amount); place the balls in to fry. Let them stay here for a while and turn over from time to time. Fry until both sides get golden brown. Be gentle and do not break them. Transfer the meatballs out and pour the extra oil out too.
  8. Pour sweet and sour sauce mixture to the wok and wait, heat until boiling. Return the meatballs to coat with the sauce. Continue heating about 1-2 minutes until the sauce is thickened and well coated on the balls. Transfer out and serving with steamed rice. Garnish green onion if you prefer.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 701 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 1486mg65%
Potassium 693mg20%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.