Oriental Pork Balls Glazed with Hoisin Sauce
Bringing the real Chinese flavor to your dining table in not a big deal, provided that you have the mind and the right ingredients available .It is really a good thing to try something new in the kitchen when you get bored of the regular food. And meatballs made of minced pork really perk up the mood. The small meaty balls in all its goodness are found in most of the cuisines around the world but each tasting different depending on the region and its specialty.
The oriental meatball is very easy and simple to prepare. One important thing to keep in mind while making meatballs is that, you have to mix all the ingredients and grounded meat should be the final ingredient to the ball. This will ensure that the ingredients and seasonings are evenly mixed. Instead of frying the meatballs in oil, baking them is a healthier option. After baking, the meatballs are glazed with a robust hoisin-based glaze.
Hoisin sauce, sometimes referred to as Chinese barbecue sauce, is said to be very strong on its own. But in this recipe, we are combing it with other ingredients which really tend to mellow the effect but still add great depth of flavor.
- 2 lbs ground pork (or ground beef)
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 eggs
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- ½ cup green onions (thinly sliced)
- Toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)
- Sliced green onions (for garnish)
- 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl combine ground pork, sesame oil, breadcrumbs, ground ginger, eggs, 3 teaspoons minced garlic, and ½ cup sliced green onions. Mix together until well combined.
Step 2: Shape into balls that are about 1-1.5 inches in size (you can make them bigger if you want). Place meatballs onto a greased baking sheet or in a 9×13” greased baking dish. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees).
Step 3: While meatballs are baking, in a medium bowl whisk together hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, 2 minced garlic cloves, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon ground ginger. If you want the sauce hot, you can heat it up in a medium saucepan. When the meatballs have finished cooking, dip each meatball in the sauce individually using a toothpick or mix the sauce with the meatballs in a bowl until covered. Serve warm and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions.