Thermomix Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs

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Sweet and Sour Pork is a dish that everyone loves. Now you can make a healthier version of this family favourite in the Thermomix. The recipe includes loads of vegetables so there is no need to make a vegetable side dish.

Sweet and sour pork meatballs on a black bowl white background with rice

Whenever I travel internationally I like to enrol in the local cooking classes.  During our last Thai holiday, I was pleased to find a class which was teaching a sweet and sour cooking class. My kids almost lived off sweet and sour alone whilst we were on holidays so I knew I wanted to perfect the recipe for them.

As with all Thai dishes, this recipe has a lovely balance of flavours and it’s such a simple dish to make when you know how. I have converted the recipe from conventional cooking to the Thermomix as I find it so much easier to steam the meatballs than to stand over a wok frying them in batches. It also means you don’t have to worry about the meatballs falling apart whilst you cook them!

The list of ingredients is a little long but the sauces are common to most Thai cooking and are staples that you may even already have in your pantry

Sweet & Sour Pork Tips

Watchpoints:

  • Ensure that the meatballs are an even size so they all cook through at the same time.
  • Space the meatballs on the Varoma allowing for the steam to easily circulate. (Use both trays)

The chef hosting my Thai cooking class gave us some helpful tips which apply to most Thai dishes:

  • Always prepare all the ingredients prior to cooking.
  • Taste the dish when the sauces have been added. Adjust the ingredients and sauces as you cook to get the correct balance between sweet & sour,  spicy or salty.

Step By Step

The images below show the process steps involved in making sweet and sour pork meatballs. If you’re unsure about how to cut the vegetables take a look at the images.

3 images showing the steps to making pork meatballs

3 images showing the ingredients in sweet and sour sauce

2 images that show the vegetables in stir fry

Overhead shot of pork meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce

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Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Sweet & Sour Pork Meatballs a family favourite -Now you can make a healthier version of this family favourite in the Thermomix. The recipe includes loads of vegetables so you won't have to make a side dish.

Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Thai
Keyword: kid friendly, Meatballs, Thermomix
Servings: 5 serves
Calories: 488 kcal
Author: Julie Carlyle
Ingredients
Pork Meatballs
  • 130 g onion quartered
  • 5 g ginger fresh
  • 10 g garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp lemongrass paste
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 500 g pork mince
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Sweet & Sour Vegetables
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 10 g garlic
  • 5 g ginger fresh
  • 1 red chili long and deseeded and cut in quarters
  • 65 g tomato fresh and diced
  • 80 g carrot sliced
  • 80 g green capsicum diced
  • 80 g red capsicum diced
  • 110 g pineapple canned and diced
  • 130 g snow peas top and tail then cut in 2-3 pieces per image
  • 20 g green shallots sliced
  • 3 kaffir leaves shredded
  • 1 Tbs coriander fresh and chopped
Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • 55 g brown sugar
  • 65 g tomato sauce
  • 65 g rice wine vinegar
  • 70 g oyster sauce
  • 35 g soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs cornflour
  • 3 Tbs pineapple juice from the can
Instructions
Pork Meatballs
  1. Place the ginger and garlic in TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 7. Scrape down the bowl. Repeat.

  2. Add egg, soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese 5 spice, white pepper, lemongrass and salt to the TM bowl. Combine 10 sec/Speed 4.

  3. Add pork and breadcrumbs to TM bowl. Dough Mode 30 seconds.

  4. Roll 16 meatballs of approximately 55g and arrange them on the Varoma trays. 

  5. Rinse the TM bowl and add 1 litre of warm tap water. Place the lid on and stack the varoma trays and lid onto the Thermomix. Steam 20min/Varoma?Speed 2.5.

  6. Meanwhile prep the vegetables. Once the meatballs have been cooked transfer them to the ThermoServer and reserve for later. 

Sweet & Sour Vegetables
  1. Without cleaning the TM bowl add the ginger, chili and garlic to TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9. Scrape down the bowl.

  2. Add oil and diced onion to the garlic mixture. Saute 5 min/Varoma/Speed 2 (Reverse Blade) (MC OUT).

  3. Add tomato pieces, carrot, red and green capsicum and pineapple to TM bowl. Cook 4min/Varoma/ Speed 1 (Reverse Blade) (MC OUT).

  4. In a small bowl make a paste from the cornflour and reserved pineapple juice. Reserve.

  5. Add brown sugar, tomato sauce, rice wine vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, snow peas, shallot, kaffir lime, coriander and reserved cornflour mixture to the TM bowl. Cook 4min/100 degrees/Speed 1 (Reverse Blade) (MC OUT).

  6. Pour the sweet and sour sauce over the cooked meatballs.

Recipe Notes

Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs are delicious served with rice.

Watchpoints:

  • Ensure that the meatballs are an even size so they all cook through at the same time.
  • Space the meatballs on the varoma allowing for the steam to easily circulate. (Use both trays) 
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 1445mg 60%
Potassium 749mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 20g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 77.7%
Vitamin C 101.3%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 18.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the website. I hope you make this sweet and sour pork recipe and love it as much as our family. If you’re looking for more Asian style recipe why not check out these recipes;

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