Lion's Head Meatballs


serves 2 - 3
450 g (1 lb) lean pork, finely minced with a little fat
4 - 6 canned water chestnuts, finely chopped
5 g (1 tsp) finely chopped ginger
10 g (1 tbsp) finely chopped onion
30 ml (2 tbsp) soy sauce
seasoning to taste
beaten egg to bind
30 g (2 tbsp) cornflour
peanut oil for frying
300 ml (1/2 pt) chicken stock
a little sugar
100 g (4 oz) each Chinese leaves and spinach leaves, washed, dried and shredded


1. Mix the pork, water chestnuts, ginger, onion, 15 ml (1 tbsp) of the soy sauce and the seasoning together.

2. Bind with sufficient beaten egg to form into eight balls.

3. Toss in a little seasoned cornflour and make a paste with the remaining cornflour and water.

4. Fry the balls in the hot oil to brown all over then transfer them to another pan or flameproof casserole.

5. Add stock, sugar, seasoning and the remaining soy sauce.

6. Cover and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes, then increase the heat and add the Chinese leaves and spinach. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes.

7. Lift out the vegetables with a draining spoon onto a serving platter. Arrange the meatballs on top and keep warm.

8. Thicken the gravy with the cornflour paste and pour over just before serving.

What did you think?

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Lion's Head Meatballs
posted by Katerob @ 08:41PM, 6/11/07
I tried this recipe last night and was impressed with the flavor and the variety of textures. This is a make-again recipe. Tasty!
Just what I needed
posted by Stu @ 02:36PM, 1/31/08
I was looking for something tastey to cook this ground pork and this one looks awesome. I'm trying it tonight, thanks for posting !
There are meatballs and there are meatballs
posted by Noel @ 08:50AM, 4/27/09
This is an excellent recipe. Relatively simple and very economical. I live in Thailand and my Thai friends were impressed (served with plain jasmine rice for their benefit). Would go equally well with pasta. i cannot think of a way of improving this but if you like coriander (cilantro) a sprinkling might just set the whole dish off. Great posting!
Awesome dish!
posted by Anne @ 06:38PM, 12/02/09
We made a vegetarian version of this using Match pork meat substitute. Very yummy! We'll make this one again. We had it with rice. I thought I used a lot of greens, but we wished we had more. Still, for two of us, this was enough for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.
Very Tasty
posted by Mary Ann @ 07:42PM, 7/26/10
Used the recipe twice, with rave reviews both times. Leftovers (if you have any) are excellent. Easy to make, quick to put together with standard items in the house. No problems substituting corn starch and olive oil and dried ginger for fresh ginger.
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