Monday, July 13, 2009

Homemade Meat Balls

I love meatballs hence I love to eat lok lok/steam boat/hotpot because meatballs taste really yummy cooked that way. When I get my groceries from the Asian grocery store I would buy a few package of meatballs. Meatballs is pretty costly at the grocery store therefore I decided to make my own meatballs instead.

Recipe adapted from Sinner

500 gm pork, cut to small pieces

½ cup (125ml) icy cold water
1 Tbsp fish sauce
½ tsp salt
½ Tbsp sugar
½ Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp cornflour
1¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp white pepper
1. Mince the pork in a food processor until a paste is form. Add 5 Tbsp water (a Tbsp of water at a time) to get a smooth paste.

2. In a separate cup, mix together the remaining water, fish sauce, salt, sugar, oil, cornflour and baking powder.

3. Remove the pork paste from the food processor and put in a big bowl. Pour the liquid mix to the pork paste and stir well slowly until the liquid is absorbed into the paste (use either your hand or a fork).

4. For the taste test...microwave or boil a teaspoon of the paste. Season to taste with more salt or sugar.

5. Cover bowl with clingwrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

6. Boil a pot of water. Once the water has boiled, remove the pot from the heat.

7. Add pepper to the paste and stir to combine. Scoop the paste onto your wet hand. Push the paste through your thumb and 2nd finger by making a fist. Use a wet spoon to scoop and drop it into the hot water. To prevent the paste from sticking to your hand and spoon, wet the spoon and hand with water.

8. Continue until the pork balls form a layer in the water. Now turn on the heat but do not let it boil just simmer slowly without bubble....if not your pork ball will not have 'bounce'. While cooking the pork balls, any leftover paste should be kept in the freezer.

9. Fill a big basin with icy cold water. When the pork balls starts to float, leave for a few more seconds. (Cut one in half to see if it is cook. The inside should not be pink). Scoop out and let it cool in the cold water.

10. After the pork balls have cooled, use as required or freeze.

This is actually my second time making this meatballs. The first time my meatballs looks just horrible. This time is not that great but better than the first time. Sinner has a video on how to make/shape the meatballs. This meat balls is worth the time making it and it saves money because buying meatballs from the Asian grocery story can be quite expensive for a small pack (about $5.oo for a small frozen pack) I make this meatballs and freeze it so when ever I cook instant noodles I will throw in a few like it did in the picture.

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