Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sweet and Sour meatballs

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.

20 pcs meatballs, fried
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small carrots, sliced
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
6 tbsp tomato sauce
3 tbsp vinegar
3 tbsp water
3 tbsp sugar
a dash of salt
cooking oil

How to cook:
1. Deep fry meatballs and set a side.
2. Saute garlic and onion until fragrant.
3. Add in carrots and stir fry for 2 minutes.
4. Add in snow peas and red bell pepper and stir fry for another 2 minutes.
5. Pour tomato sauce, vinegar, water, sugar and a dash of salt and mix well. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
6. Add in fried meatballs and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
7. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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