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Thai Pork Meatballs Recipe?

I am working on more ideas/variations for my Pork Pearl Balls.
https://food52.com/recipes...

I would like to do a Thai (non-coconut milk)version. Anyone have/seen a recipe they like for a Thai ground pork meat mixture? Thx so much.
p.s. I AM looking through the 52 'thai' recipes, but with no Recipe Index, it takes awhile, so I thought I'd also ask here. Thx for your hellp.

asked by LE BEC FIN 10 months ago
8 answers 410 views
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Trena Heinrich

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added 10 months ago

My favorite Thai dish using ground pork is larb. Even though its typically served in loose ground form over rice, you might form it into balls using neutral ingredients as a binder. I'm suggesting larb recipes because the flavors are delicious and distinctly Thai. Best of luck in your research and happy cooking!

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Susan W

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added 10 months ago

I like Trina's idea of Larb in a meatball. Larb is one of my favorite flavor combos.

I made these twice already. They are fabulous. I made them with pork the second time.

http://www.seriouseats...

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added 10 months ago

These look terrific susan; thx!

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Susan W

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added 10 months ago

They are a plate licker for sure!!

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added 10 months ago

susan, would you plse look at the recipe from SE, and your experience of eating it, and advise me on how to adapt it to the very different dish I am working on?
Pork Pearl Balls are a Chinese seasoned 1" pork ball, raw, rolled in pre-soaked sticky rice , and steamed 10-15 min. and served with dipping sauce.

My Thai-version (from your linked SE recipe) thought is to make balls from ground pork and the paste made from lemongrass, garlic, jalapeno, ginger, fish sauce; roll the balls in the rice, steam and serve with a dipping sauce (what should that be, susan, and should it be simple or cooked down to caramelize?) The unfortunate thing w/ what i've described - is that there is no place for searing and braising the meatballs, which seems to be a major part of the finger-lickin'-good quality you described. But maybe you or others might have some better ideas....? I thought about searing/broiling the pork balls, then coating w/ the rice and then steaming, but I don't think the rice would stick to the cooked pork...... Appreciate your time!

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Susan W

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added 10 months ago

The sauce that these meatballs braise in is key. However, the meatballs themselves are very flavorful. My head bounces back and forth from coating with the soaked rice, steaming and serving with a pool of the reduced sauce on the plate, to somehow braising as the SE describes and coating with cooked sticky rice. I think the first version sounds more practical. I love Pearl Balls and somehow combining these two sounds fun. I'm going to think on this more.

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added 10 months ago

susan, you know that the raw rice won't stick to cooked meatball, right? I mean, I could braise the meatballs and then coat with a thin layer of raw mixture, and then the raw rice- and steam, but boy that seems like a lot of trouble! I could add to the raw meatball the reduced braising liquid- but that might be overkill with the other additions (lemongrass, ginger etc)? I wish you were my neighbor, susan, I'm working on this NOW! xo

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Susan W

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added 10 months ago

Are you positive that cooked sticky rice won't stick to cooked sticky meatballs? If not, I like the idea of using his recipe for the balls, but coat them while raw with the soaked rice, steaming as you normally would and serve his sauce that you cooked separately with your meatballs. See what I'm saying?

I agree that cooking them, covering with a layer of uncooked sounds like too much work.

Headed over for a taste. :)