Aug 22, 2010

Five-Spice Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Sauce

Meatballs are really fun to eat most especially if they're accompanied with different kinds of sauces or dips, or perked up with herbs and spices that deliberately distinguishes your meatballs from the ordinary ones that we always find on top of our tables.

For this recipe, I used five-spice powder. It is a blend of five spices, namely star anise, cinnamon, ground pepper, ground cloves, and ground fennel seeds. The flavor is so aromatic and distinctively Asian that the meatballs were oozing with flavor, and the oriental taste perfectly blends with the sweet tartness of the sweet and sour sauce.

Five-Spice Meatballs Recipe with Sweet and Sour Sauce


500 g of ground pork or beef
1 large onion
1 small carrot
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of ground black pepper
1 tsp of five-spice powder
1/2 tbsp of oyster sauce
1 tbsp of hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp flour


3/4 cup of white vinegar
1-1/3 cup brown sugar
½ tsp of salt
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tsp water


1. For the sweet and sour sauce, pour the vinegar into a saucepan and mix the brown sugar with a spoon.
2. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
3. Add the salt and cornstarch solution and swirl the pan.
4. Cook until thick and syrupy.
5. For the meatballs, chop the onions finely.
6. Peel the carrot and grate.
7. Mix the onion and carrot with the rest of the ingredients for the meatballs.
8. Form into balls and chill in the freezer for five minutes.
9. Heat oil in a frying pan until just smoking.
10. Add the meatballs and brown the outside, cook for five to 7 minutes only.
11. Arrange onto platter and drizzle with sweet and sour sauce.
12. Garnish with sauteed carrot strips (optional)


  1. The meatballs look great! I am sure they taste great with a bowl of rice.

  2. Hi, thanks for dropping by my food blog.
    I love to make my own meat balls. Love it with spaghetti or with capsicum tomato sauce. :)

  3. I love this kind of recipe...the sauce looks delicious!