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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs is made by frying a meat ball mix made with ground pork, onion, carrot, basil, egg, corn starch, flour, salt and pepper and adding these fried balls to a sweat and sour sauce made by carrot, green and red bell pepper, pineapple juice and chunks, sugar, vinegar and ketchup. Sweet and Sour Meatballs is a scrumptious dish popular in Philippines and South east Asia. If you haven’t thought of a snack for later, try these bite sized pieces of meaty pork smothered in sweet and sour pineapple sauce! Really hearty and super mouth-watering! I bet you won’t stop on the meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


Sweet and sour dishes is another type of dishes which we inherit from the Chinese. This dish is usually served during the Chinese New Year and other celebrations. One significant feature of this dish is its colorful presentation brought about by the different colors from the orange sauce, the  onions, red and green bell peppers and yellow pineapples.

We were eating spaghetti with meatballs when I realized that I havent tried sweet and sour meatballs yet. I have been a fan of sweet and sour ever since. I have tried fish fillet, chicken and pork versions of this dish. The concept of sweet and sour meatballs has been there for years. But why haven’t I made it yet? (What a shame!!)

The following weekends, I immediately made a large batch of meatballs since a lot of kids will be visiting our home. I’ve read it somewhere that all kids love meatballs. Instead of serving them some sweet dessert, I’ll be giving them a much fulfilling snack.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


Making some sweet and sour meatballs. We are going to make the meatballs first, then the sauce. The only hard part in this recipe is you trying to resist eating the meatballs while making the sauce (HAHA).

For the first part of this recipe, prepare your hands to get a little messy. To make the meatball mixture, start by chopping or mincing the rest of the ingredients and then combine them together as one. Just make sure the pork will still be the dominating ingredient in the mixture.

Once ready, make them into a ball and then simply fry (or deep fry). Just remember not to make your meatballs too big as it might not cook through the core. One to two scoops may do.

When the meatballs are ready, the only thing left is the sauce. Start by sauteing the aromatic base, and then sauteing the rest of the veggies. Add the slurry and the rest of the seasoning to make the sweet and sour sauce. You may add more pineapple juice if you feel to. Always to a taste test to adjust the taste. You may gently crush the pineapple for a more fruity sour taste.

Add the meatballs back to the pan to complete the dish. Coat them well with the sauce. I sometimes papak this dish as a snack since the bite-size really caught me. Still best served on top of hot steaming rice! Yum!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Course: Pork Recipes




  • 400 grams ground pork

  • ⅓ cup onion (minced)

  • ½ cup carrots (minced)

  • 1 teaspoon basil

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 piece egg

  • 6 cloves of garlic (minced)

  • ⅓ cup of carrot (chopped)

  • 227 grams pineapple chunks

  • ¼ cup vinegar

  • ⅓ cup green bell pepper

  • ⅓ cup red bell pepper

  • ⅓ cup large onion (chopped)

  • 1 cup of water

  • 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (diluted in 3 tablespoons water )


  • For the meatballs:
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, minced onions, minced carrots, basil, salt, pepper, egg, cornstarch and flour. Mix using your hands until well combined.
  • Scoop around 1 to 2 tablespoons and roll them into a ball using your hands. Repeat these steps with the remaining mixture.
  • Pour around 3 tablespoons of oil on a heated pan. Fry the meatballs. Flatten them just a little bit. Flip to cook the other side. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
  • For the sweet and sour sauce:
  • Use the same pan you used in the meat balls. Add some oil if needed. Add the garlic and onions. Saute for a few minutes until aromatic. Add the chopped carrots and the red and green bell peppers. Saute and cook the veggies for around 2 minutes.
  • Add a small can of pineapple chunks (drained). Then, add the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, pineapple juice and mix well.
  • Pour a cup of water. Stir and let it boil. Once boiling, add the slurry and stir until the desired thickness is achieved.
  • Add the fried meatballs back to the pan and stir until well coated with the sauce.
  • Transfer the sweet and sour meatballs to a serving dish. Make papak or have it with some hot steaming rice. Enjoy!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe (TAGALOG)

Mga Sangkap:

  • 400 grams giniling na baboy
  • ⅓ tasa ng sibuyas (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • ½ tasa ng carrots (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • 1 kutsarita ng basil
  • ¼ tasa ng cornstarch
  • ⅓ tasa ng harina
  • 1 kutsarita ng asin 
  • ½ kutsarita ng durog na paminta
  • 1 piraso ng itlog
  • 6 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • ⅓ tasa ng carrot (hiniwa)
  • 227 grams pineapple chunks
  • ¼ tasa ng suka
  • ⅓ tasa ng green bell pepper
  • ⅓ tasa ng red bell pepper

Paano Gawin:

Para sa meatballs:

  1. Paghaluin ang giniling na baboy, sibuyas, carrots, basil, asin, paminta, itlog, cornstarch at harina sa isang bowl. Haluin ito ng mabuti gamit ang mga kamay.
  2. Kumuha ng 1 – 2 kutsara ng mixture at bilugin ito sa kamay. Gawin ito sa lahat ng mixture.
  3. Maglagay ng 3 kutsara ng mantika sa kawali. Iprito ang mga meatballs. Medyo iflatten sila ng konti para maluto ang gitna. Alisin ang mga ito sa kawali at isantabi.

Para sa sweet and sour sauce:

  1. Gamitin ulit ang kawaling pinagprituhan ng meatballs. Dagdagan ito ng mantika. Ilagay ang sibuyas at bawang at igisa ng ilang minuto. Ilagay ang hiniwang carrots at ang mga bell peppers. Igisa ang mga veggies ng 2 minuto hanggang maluto.
  2. Ilagay ang pineapple chunks. Haluin ng konti. Sunod na ilagay ang ketchup, asukal na pula, suka, pineapple juice (galing sa pineapple chunks) at haluin ng mabuti.
  3. Maglagay ng 1 tasa ng tubig. Haluin ito at hintaying kumulo. Kapag kumukulo na, ilagay ang slurry hanggang makuha ang gustong lapot.
  4. Ibalik sa kawali ang fried meatballs. Haluin ang mga ito para malagyan lahat ng sauce.
  5. Ilipat ang sweet and sour meatballs sa serving dish. Papakin ito o samahan ng mainit na kanin. Yummy!
How to cook Sweet and Sour Meatballs
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