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Fried Meatballs

Fried Meatballs
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This is a Chinese meatball recipe with ground pork and spiced with five-spice powder. Fried meatballs is a homey recipe, one that you can prepare every day for your family without much hassle: a recipe that is great for children and adults alike. I finished almost half of the serving just as soon as the meatballs were out of the wok; it’s delicious as is, and great as an entree for home-cooked Chinese meal. You can also serve this meatball as an appetizer…

Fried Meatballs

The only special ingredient in this fried meatball recipe is the fish paste, which makes the fried meatball extra yummy. I use frozen fish paste. If you can’t find it, you can also substitute it with minced shrimp. Enjoy!


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38 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. I usually like to add ‘yau-yue’ or dried cuttlefish for more taste, the way my mom used to make pork balls or cutlets. That’s when I overeat, ha ha lol

  2. Amanda

    Ooh, this looks delicious! While it’s likely to get eaten right away when made up, do you happen to know if this recipe freezes well?

  3. I come from an Italian family where meatballs are serious comfort food – love this version with five spice powder and fish sauce! Just brilliant.

  4. My mom would also add grated taro. I suppose every family would have their own version but the end result would be delicious nonetheless as they are made with love at home.

  5. l c tan

    I tried last nite but the meatballs shrink after I take them out of the frying pan. Your picture shows round bouncy meatballs. can u pls tell me why. thks

  6. Did you say fish sauce? YUM! I love anything with fish sauce~~! I’ve heard about five-spice. I need to look into that when I go to Asian market next. I’ve seen many recipes with that spice but I’m not familiar with it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Bee!

  7. Jayne

    My paternal grandma used to make delicious fried meatballs every CNY. Now she’s so much older and has had a relapse of cancer, we no longer get to enjoy such treats. I’ll try this recipe and make some for her to try. :-) Hope she will like it cos it sounds really good.

  8. MayMay

    Can I add fresh fish paste instead of the frozen one, what other ingredient should I put into the fresh fish paste? Thanks.

  9. khaiming

    I love this! Just made this for dinner and my son loves it! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful recipes. Reminds me of my childhood with my granparents!

  10. Amy

    Tried this last night and it was good! :) But I added carrot purée and chopped coriander as there’s no onion at home. How would I know if the meatballs are well cooked yet not overly cooked inside? Cheers!

  11. Rebecca

    It is hard to get the fish paste in some cities, so I often add in some corn flour or tapioca flour or even bread cubes. Meat balls is one of the best and simple dish. From here we can make it into Sweet and Sour and so on. I often add in some tapioca flour and all the ingredients given and BEAT until a ball is formed then make into balls. Or you can add in some fried salted fish — chop into tiny cubes into the minced meat.

  12. SANDRA

    i love to try this recipe out but don’t know what fish paste is. Can you advise me brand name and location? BTW i live in Singapore

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