Definitely Delicious! Our Family's Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Sauce!

Definitely Delicious! Our Family's Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Sauce!

Everyone smiles and says "Yum!!" when they have these!
These meatballs are a favorite among kids and adults alike!
Perfect for bento lunch boxes!


Ground pork
400 g
4 tablespoons
Shiitake mushrooms
2 (finely chopped)
Grated ginger (store-bought tubes are OK too)
a small piece's worth
Green onions
1/2 a stalk (finely chopped)
Katakuriko ・ Soy Sauce ・ Sugar
1 teaspoon each
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Soup stock
1/2 a cube (or 1 teaspoon for granules)
100 ml
Soy Sauce ・ Sugar ・ Sake ・ Vinegar
a little over 2 tablespoons each
◎Katakuriko slurry
(1 teaspoon katakuriko・3 teaspoons water)


1. In a large bowl, combine the meatball ingredients and knead. Once mixed, round into balls and coat with katakuriko (not listed) and fry in heated oil.
2. Adjust the size of the meatballs to your liking. If each of them is small, you can make more, and they're perfect for bento lunch boxes. It's nice to make them smaller for your kids too!
3. Next place the ingredients under Sweet and Sour Sauce, except for the mixture listed as ◎, in a large pot. Once this starts to simmer, add the meatballs from Step 1.
4. Simmer for about a minute, then pour in the ◎ mixture to thicken, and stir your meatballs around. All done!
5. They're good fresh off the stove, but even more delicious after around 30 minutes, when the flavors have settled in.
6. Mix in chopped carrots or bell peppers along with the green onions, and you can covertly improve your family's veggie intake.

Story Behind this Recipe

I tried recreating the taste of my mother's cooking with this filling dish using discounted ground pork!