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Sweet and Sour Pork Style Meatballs with Thick Sweet-Vinegar Sauce

Sweet and Sour Pork Style Meatballs with Thick Sweet-Vinegar Sauce

In our house, 'sweet and sour pork' means this. I used meatballs instead of pork.

Ingredients: 4 to 6 servings

Meatballs (see Recipe ID: 493649)
1/2 or the whole amount
Onion
about 100 g
Carrot
about 100 g
Green bell peppers
about 100 g (1 pepper)
Dried shiitake mushrooms
2 to 4
Pineapple (canned is fine)
about 100 to 150 g
Sauce
●Water
100 ml
● Weipa
1/2 teaspoon
●Castor sugar (or granulated sugar)
2 to 3 tablespoons
●Rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
3 tablespoons
●Soy sauce
3 tablespoons
●Katakuriko (or cornstarch)
1 tablespoon
●The soaking liquid from the shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon
●Sake
1 teaspoon
●Salt
a small amount
Vegetable oil (or any oil for stir frying)
1 tablespoon

Steps

1. Make the meatballs using Recipe ID: 493649.
2. Rehydrate the shiitake mushrooms by soaking in water. Take off the stems and slice diagonally into 2 to 4 pieces each. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the soaking liquid.
3. Cut the onion into wedges, then cut in half crosswise. Roughly cut up the carrot and pepper. Cut the pineapple into easy to eat pieces.
4. Combine all the ● ingredients and mix.
5. Bring some water to a boil in a wok, boil the carrot and drain. Cook for about 5 minutes.
6. Put the vegetable oil in the same wok and heat. Add the onion, shiitake mushrooms, bell pepper, carrot and pineapple in that order, continuously stir frying.
7. When the onion is translucent and wilted, add the meatballs and mix.
8. Add the combined flavoring ingredients all at once. Bring to a boil. When the sauce has thickened and has coated the ingredients, it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

I don't like sweet and sour pork made with deep fried pork, so at some point I started using easy to make meatballs instead. I've also settled on this light soy sauce flavored sauce rather than the usual ketchup flavored one.