Sweet & Sour with Pork Balls

This meal was a HUGE favorite in our house – so much so that one of my older sisters would request it as her birthday meal every February – for which we were always grateful, as it is wonderful!! For me, there isn’t a sweet and sour dish out there that beats it … but I could be (I am, definitely!) biased!

For me this meal is as colorful as it is tasty & I LOVE a colorful dinner!

Sweet & Sour with Pork Balls!



Serves: 4-6 people

Prep time: 15-20 mins

Cook Time – 20 mins


Ingredients: (For the pork balls)

  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 garlic clove – peeled & crushed
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 oz (50g) Plain Breadcrumbs (I like Panko! Or to make my own!)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 oz (25g) butter or oil to fill a saucepan or fryer
  • 3-4 tbsp flour (for dusting the pork balls in before frying)

Ingredients: (For the Sauce)

  • 3oz (75g) sugar
  • 4 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornflour/startch
  • 300ml water
  • 1 orange pepper cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 red pepper cut into 1 inch strips
  • 5 lb tomatoes (I used 6 small) cut into wedges.
  • 11-12 oz cubed pineapple (you can use tinned or fresh pineapple – whatever you have on hand)
  • (Rice for serving!)

Method: (To make the Pork Balls)

  1. Mix the pork, garlic, 1 tbsp flour, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper & yolk together until combined well.
  2. Form 24 small balls with your hands and place on a sheet of parchment paper
  3. Boil a pot full of water ready to cook your rice whilst your pork balls are frying!
  4. Roll them in the 3-4 tbsp flour (I use a pie dish for ease!)
  5. Heat the butter & a little oil in a large frying pan & add the pork balls – fry them gently for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally. (You can also deep fry them if you have a tabletop fryer handy – drop them in a few at a time for about 5-6 minutes, until golden brown!)

Method (for the sauce)

  1. Whilst the pork balls are frying & your rice is cooking mix the sugar, vinegar & soy sauce into a saucepan.
  2. Mix the corn flour or cornstarch with the water and add it to the pan.
  3. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes whilst stirring
  4. Add the peppers, tomatoes & pineapple and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

To serve – place some rice in a shallow bowl, ladle over some Sweet n Sour sauce & then add a few pork balls to each persons helping. Place the remaining balls in the center of the table so that your guests can help themselves if they would like seconds!!




May 2, 2016
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