Chinese New Year supper
February 24th, 2016
I want to call these delicious delicacies Monkey Balls but am worried that you might be a little put off…
Stay with me and imagine sweet and sticky but also light and spicy.
I have used turkey mince because I think it makes for lighter balls (watch it!) but beef or pork or a mixture are also excellent.
5oog minced meat
small red or orange pepper – de seeded
bunch of spring onions, chopped
lump of ginger, roughly chopped
1 red chilli – de seeded if you like
2 cloves garlic
Brown sugar or palm sugar
rice or wine vinegar
salt and pepper
Throw the meat, half of the spring onions, red pepper, garlic, chilli and ginger into a food mixer and blend with a dash of soy, vinegar and a sprinkling of sugar. Season but go easy on the salt because of the soy sauce.
Form into ping-pong sized balls. Fry these in sunflower oil until browned. Add a little water to the pan to make a sauce plus about 3 tblsp soy sauce, 1 tblsp vinegar, 2 tsp sugar and let it bubble under a lid until thoroughly hot and cooked through.