Oriental Spaghetti with Pork Meatballs

February  5, 2018
2 Ratings
Photo by Miss Karen
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Makes About 30 2 inch meatballs
Author Notes

I was the Grub Master for one of many Boy Scout camping trips and wanted to make something other than the glop the troop usually makes... Call it self preservation if you will. It was also a sneaky way to get my son to eat cabbage and carrots. No leftovers here!
My son now requests this dish frequently. The scout adults hoarked it down easily. ALL of them wanted seconds.Inspired by Food network's Asian meatballs. —Miss_Karen

What You'll Need
  • 3 cups Thinly Shredded Cabbage (1/4 Head) or approx. a 12 oz package of coleslaw w/carrots
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground White Pepper
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground Pork
  • 3/4 cup Panko Crumbs
  • 4 Scallions, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Ginger or 1 (1 inch) piece freshly grated.
  • 3 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup Hoisin Sauce (the garlic version is good.)
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 4 teaspoons Sriracha Chili Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1 packet (two pouches) Stir Fry Noodles (I use KAME - -Hokkien)
  • 3 handfuls Cashews
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the sesame oil in a large nonstick pan. Add the cabbage and garlic. Season with Kosher salt and white pepper and ginger; cook until soft (~4 min). Set aside to cool. In a measuring cup; mix together the soy sauce, sugar, Hoisin sauce, chili sauce, rice vinegar, water and cornstarch. Put the pork into a mixing bowl. Add the scallions, garlic, egg, Panko crumbs, and cooled cabbage. Season with white pepper. Lightly roll mixture into 2 inch meatballs. Place onto baking sheet.
  2. Combine the sauce ingredients, set 1 cup aside for serving. Brush the meatballs with remaining sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until cooked through 20 to 25 minutes. Heat the stir fry noodles in 1 TBSP. Sesame oil with the cashews in a skillet with reserved sauce. Toss the meatballs and noodles with the sauce and serve.
  3. The meatballs freeze well.

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4 Reviews

AntoniaJames November 5, 2021
Sounds delish! Must try this. Love the backstory re the Boy Scouts. Your writing style is delightful. ;o)
Miss_Karen November 5, 2021
Thank you! The Scouts all loved it. It's quite different from their usual fare. (Thank goodness!)🙃
Miss_Karen November 4, 2021
I'm glad you tried these and found them tasty...
My most humble apologies! You are correct. 1 cup of Hoisin Sauce IS missing from the ingredients. I'm so sorry I didn't catch this. I will correct the recipe right now.
Chinasets November 4, 2021
I made this and they were tasty, but there is no way I had a cup of sauce to set aside. I think some liquid is missing from the ingredients/measurements.