Sweet and Sour Meat Balls
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Serves: 2
  • Making the meat balls:
  • ½ pound ground beef (I used 70% lean)
  • ⅛ onion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon potato/corn starch
  • ½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon starch
  • a touch of roasted sesame seeds for topping
  • For cooking:
  • ¼ cup oil
  1. Whisk water, ketchup, rice vinegar, sugar, water and starch in a small container and set aide.
  2. In a large mix bowl, combine ground beef, onion, garlic, ginger, water, starch, dark soy sauce, sesame oil and salt, insert a pair of chopsticks into the mixture, stir in one direction for a couple of minutes until the meat became sticky.
  3. Spoon some meat mixture into your hand, roll between your hands to shape into a 1.5- inch meatballs, repeat the process until all the mixture is used.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add in the meatballs, pan fry until both sides are browned, remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Pour the sauce mixture into a sauce pan, bring to a simmer over low heat and add in the meat balls, simmer for 20 minutes or until cook through with lid on, stir occasionally.
  6. Top with roasted sesame seeds to serve.
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Recipe by Spice the Plate at https://www.spicetheplate.com/pork/sweet-and-sour-meatballs/