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Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs – made with the perfect Sweet & Sour Sauce which is truly like what you get at good Chinese restaurants.
Course Main
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Manuela Zangara



  • 700 gms – 1 ½ lbs. pork mince
  • 1 tsp ginger paste or 1 inch piece
  • 2 tsp garlic paste or 4 cloves
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt

Stir Fry

  • tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ onion halved and sliced
  • 1 red capsicum / bell pepper cut into bite size pieces
  • 250 gms – 8 oz. canned pineapple pieces in natural juice.


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp pineapple juice from the canned pineapple pieces
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • 1 tbsp corn starch + 2 tbsp water mixed together



  1. Using your hands, mix together all the ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Wet both hands with some water and shape into about 50 meatballs. Set aside.
  3. Heat up a wok or skillet with some oil, pan-fry the meatballs until they turn light to golden brown. Drain them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Stir Fry

  1. Mix together the sauce ingredients and keep aside.
  2. Mix together the thickener in a separate small bowl.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the onion, and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the bell pepper and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the mixed sauce ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce begins to bubble.
  6. Add the thickener. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Then cook until the sauce thickens to a syrup consistency – this will take about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the meatballs. Stir to coat well with the sauce.
  8. Add the pineapple pieces (just to warm) and remove from the stove.
  9. Serve hot with steamed rice or fried rice.

Recipe Notes

You can also bake the meatballs. Simply spray them with oil and bake at 210°C – 425°F for 15 minutes or until cooked through.