Meatballs In Sweet And Sour Sauce

imageThere are many ways to cook bola bola, the Filipino version of meatballs.  They can be steamed, baked, boiled in a soup, or pan- fried. They can be made with either pork or beef. One of my favorite bola bola dishes is made with pork and served with a sweet and sour sauce. The tangy flavor of the sauce  complements the pan-fried meatballs, while providing a healthy serving of vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes; and pineapple fruit.  One of the things I like to do with meatballs is to add slices of turnips which give the dish a nice, crunchy texture.


1 lb ground lean pork

1/2 cup turnips, sliced into very tiny squares

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup onion, sliced

1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsps corn starch

2 tbsps sesame oil

Salt and pepper to taste

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup pineapple chunks

1/3 cup vinegar

1/2 cup red bell pepper sliced into one-inch squares

1/2 cup green bell pepper sliced into one-inch squares

1 medium onion, quartered

1 cup water

3 tbsps banana ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup, sliced carrot

a tbsp cornstarch, diluted in 3 tbsps of water

6 tbsps Olive oil


In a large mixing bowl, combine ground pork, turnips, 1/2 cup chopped onion, egg, corn starch, sesame oil and salt and pepper to taste. Knead with clean hands and form meatballs, about 1 1/2-inch in diameter. In a large frying pan, heat 4 tbsps of Olive oil.  Fry the meatballs until they turn golden brown.  Remove from heat and set aside.  In a large wok, heat 2 tbsps of Olive oil.  Add garlic and sauté until golden brown.  Add the sliced onions and cook until tender.  Add carrots and bell peppers and stir-fry for 3 minutes.  Add pineapple chunks and cook for another minute.  Add tomato ketchup, sugar and vinegar.  Mix well.  Add water and bring to a quick boil.  Add cornstarch until the sauce thickens  Turn off heat.  Place meatballs in a serving plate or bowl and pour the sauce over them.  Serve warm.


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