Pork Meat Balls with Chinese spice

Got a slice of pork loin in our freezer. 
Meat balls are the great solution for using up this amount of meat if we got other main dish. 

Ingredients of meat balls

  • 1 slice of pork loin (150-200g)
  • 20g of bread (soaked in 30cc of milk) or 2 table spoons of corn flour
  • 1/6 of large round onion or 2 bunches of spring onion
  • 1/2 of beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine (Chinese rice wine if available)
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • black pepper
  • 400-500cc vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Chinese Five Spices


1. Blend pork pieces and soggy bread till they get smooth (when you use minced pork, just blend the bread till it gets smooth)

2. Cut the onion as small as possible and add all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead the dough till it becomes smooth with a hand

3. Separate the dough into 9-10 pieces to make meat balls of 3-4 cm diameter

4. Heat up the oil in a pan over medium heat. Put an wooden stick in the centre bottom of the pan. Once many small bubbles come out from the stick, it is the sign for ready to deep fry

5. Add meatballs slowly and deep fry them over low heat for 2-3 minutes

6. Then heat them up over high temperature till they get nicely brown surface. Once they are done, take them aside over a kitchen paper to remove extra oil

7. Mix the salt and the Chinese five spice in a small bowl to serve with meat balls.

Total time to prepare meat balls: 35 mints
Total cost of meat balls: 2.2 pounds (2 for a slice of pork loin, 0.3 for the rest of ingredients)
Total cost of this dinner: 28.9+ pounds (25.6 for sashimi, 0.7 for salad, 2.2 for meat balls, 0.4 for miso soup ingredients (1 egg, tofu and spring onion), plus rice cost)

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