Sweet and Sour Bola Bola

December 25, 2020
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Photo by Mr. Hugh's Kitchen
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Fried ground pork meatballs (internal link) in tomato-based sweet and sour sauce, with carrot, onions, and bell pepper. This recipe does not include pineapples. This would be great for those who do not like pineapples. —Mr. Hugh's Kitchen

What You'll Need
  • 500 grams ground pork
  • 1 piece egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon iodized salt
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 pork cube
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Cooking oil
  1. Make the meatballs. Check out the step by step procedure of the Bola-Bola Recipe.
  2. Make the sauce. If you’re cooking the Sweet and Sour Bola-Bola right after cooking the Bola-Bola, use the same pan for the sauce. Heat it up under medium low fire, and sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger, for about 15 to 20 seconds. Add the carrots, then season with ground black pepper. Cook the carrots for a minute. Add the tomato paste, and cook for another minute. Mix it well with the vegetables and spices. Add tomato sauce and water, then stir until well-blended. Add the pork cube, and brown sugar. Mix it well so the brown sugar dissolves. Cover and simmer under low fire for a minute, stirring occasionally. Add the vinegar, and stir once or twice. Do not cover, and let it simmer for another 30 seconds, just to let the acidity evaporate. Taste the sauce, and adjust the taste to your liking.
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce. Once the sauce is to your liking, add the meatballs, sesame oil, and the bell pepper. Mix and cook it under medium low fire for 3 minutes. Make sure the meatballs are coated well with the sauce. Just add a small amount of water if the sauce becomes too thick, or is running dry. Taste the sauce, and when it’s ready, turn off the heat.
  4. Serve! Transfer the meatballs into a serving plate or bowl, then pour the sauce all over the meatballs. Garnish with your favorite fresh herb or spice. Serve and enjoy while hot!

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