Sweet n Sour Pork Balls


1 lb (450 g) pork, minced
1 clove garlic, skinned and crushed
4 level tbsps (60 ml) plain flour (All purpose)
3/4 cup (50 g) fresh white breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
1 egg yolk
25 g (1 oz) lard

for the sauce

1/3 cup (65 g) sugar
60 ml (4 tbsps) cider vinegar
3 tbsp (45 ml) soy sauce
2 level tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
1 1/4 cup (1/2 pint) 300 ml water
1 green pepper, blanched and cut in thin strips
225 g (1/2 lb) tomatoes, skinned and quartered
312 g (11 oz) can crushed pineapple


1. Mix the pork, garlic, 15 ml (1 level tbsp) of the flour,the breadcrumbs, salt and pepper; add the egg yolk and mix well.
2. Form into 24 balls and toss in the remaining flour.

3. Heat the lard in a frying pan, add the balls and fry gently for 20 minutes, turning them frequently until golden.

4. Meanwhile, put the sugar, vinegar and soy sauce in a saucepan. Blend the cornflour with the water and add to the pan. Bring to the boil, stirring; simmer gently for 5 minutes, then add the green pepper, tomatoes and pineapple. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.

5. To serve, put the pork balls into a warmed casserole and pour the sauce over. Serve with fried rice and a green salad.

What did you think?

20 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

posted by Chef @ 05:53AM, 6/26/07
Used this recipe and tasted great. I was really pleased with the finished dish and was really easy to follow the recipe.

I got the thumbs up from everyone that ate it.

Great use of ground pork
posted by Laurie Weiss @ 04:55PM, 7/24/08
This was quick, easy & tastey. Try it!
Nice fun easy meal.
posted by Adam at True foods @ 03:16PM, 10/08/08
Its just like the chinese takeaway but alot cheaper and was fun to make.
Could've been better
posted by Mommy Boch @ 09:07AM, 10/16/08
Tried this dish for dinner. My family didn't enjoy this much. Perhaps, it would have been tastier if
I put in cane vinegar instead of the cider vinegar.
Or maybe we were just not used to its taste. Thanks anyway.
Was Ok
posted by Liadanne O Rielly @ 11:16AM, 5/18/09
Like the comment above my family was not too keen, my kids enjoyed it as it was 'meat balls' but my husband and I found it somewhat bland and boring. However it is obviously down to the individual taste. I recommend it as being cheap, easy and quite fun to get the kids involved with rolling the balls etc...
Very Good Indeed
posted by Noel Reeve @ 09:06AM, 5/25/09
I cannot really think of a way to improve this recipe, maybe a little quartered onion (separated) would be a nice addition to the sauce- if you like onion that is.
Had better
posted by BillyBob @ 06:16PM, 4/21/10
Easy to make,but not that good. Maybe use beer instead of vinegar in the sauce
Versalile and Tasty
posted by Tina Ash @ 08:51AM, 2/03/11
Made this into 12 patties instead of smaller balls and served with jar of Uncle Ben's sweet and sour sauce - my family all loved it.
Recipe not so Chinese style
posted by Esther @ 04:09AM, 2/22/11
I tried this one but I add sesame oil into the sauce, I do not use cider vinegar and Soy sauce instead I just put bottled tomato sauce
Sasame oil makes the sauce taste nutty n fragrant so it's not too bland

Maybe others can try too n gimme ur opinion??

posted by Cat @ 04:03AM, 8/22/11
Nicest sweet and sour I have made in long time.
posted by Melissa @ 09:01PM, 9/29/11
I would recommend this :) but I might make a little more sauce than it listed above.
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