Monday, May 9, 2011

NIKU-DANGO NO AMAKARA-NI (Japanese Pork Meatballs In Sweet Soy Sauce)

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This Niku-Dango No Amakara-ni  (Japanese Pork Meatballs in Sweet Soy Sauce) is definitely a keeper.  You can serve this meatballs for appetizer or even squash this yummy morsels between two buttered slices of bread and you’re definitely in heaven!

 

NIKU-DANGO NO AMAKARA-NI                                                  (Japanese Pork Meatballs In Sweet Soy Sauce)

sourced from Japanese Cooking for Two by Kurumi Hayter

INGREDIENTS:

1kg pork mince

100g leek, finely chopped

4 tbspn cooking sake

1/2 tspn salt

2 eggs

4 tbspn corn flour

Sauce:  16 tbspn water, 4 tbspn cooking sake, 4 tbspn mirin, 4 tbspn sugar, 4 tbspn soy sauce and 8 tspn corn flour

cooking oil for deep frying

*used U.S measuring cups & spoons

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COOKING PROCEDURE:

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~  I’ve used the tender part of the leek for this recipe.  Combine pork mince, leek, sake, salt, eggs and corn flour.  Knead the mixture with your hand until the mixture becomes sticky and well combined.  Measure approximately 4 teaspoons of mixture and form into a ball.    Make the same sizes of meatballs until all the mixture are finished (approx. 73 pieces).  Lay all your meatballs on a large serving tray or platter so that they don’t stick to each other.

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~  Heat your cooking oil in a medium saucepan on high heat.  Once the cooking oil is hot enough for deep frying lower the heat into medium-high.  Deep fry the meatballs into 7-8 pieces per batch until golden brown.  Place the cooked meatballs in a bowl lined with kitchen paper towels to remove the excess oil.

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~  Pour all the sauce ingredients together in a measuring jug and stir till everything are well combine.  Heat your frying pan and pour in your sauce mixture.

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~  Keep stirring the sauce mixture until it boils and then bring the heat down so that the sauce is just barely simmering.  By this time the sauce appearance will turn from a dull sheen to a glossy glaze.  It will thicken up and this is where you add in your pork meatballs.  Stir the meatballs and sauce together till every meatballs are well covered with the sticky sauce.  Serve this dish while it is still hot.

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BEST WITH:  Freshly steamed rice, buttered slices of bread or just enjoy it by itself….so moreish!

NOTES:

  • You can make the pork meatballs the day before and assemble the sauce and reheat the meatballs just before serving.

11 comments:

  1. This looks and sounds really, really yummy. I'm sure the pork lovers here at my house will like it, especially with that sweet sauce.

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  2. OMG Althea ang sarap nito!!!! Looks very simple to make too. Thank you for this post, because I have giniling in the freezer for dinner. I just need to buy leeks.

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  3. @Adora & Ray~ We love pork and this Japanese Meatballs is one of our favourite in our house=) I found the cookbook from a charity bookfest (Lifeline) for AUD$1...very happy with my find=)

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  4. Excuse me while I take a bite...

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  5. Ooooh yum! I know what we're having for dinner next week. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. oh yey, I bought the cooking sake and yes I made this yesterday and my girls said, Momma these are good, they had it with veggies on the side and right after dinner, they asked me if they can have it for lunch for school and of course... binigay kong gusto!!! And I had kept the recipe and mauulit ito... Our ulam for tomorrow is the Momufuku's chicken.. it has been brined, steamed and ready for frying...Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful recipes, you are such a blessing my dear!!

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  7. @Nilram6~ So happy to hear that your girls enjoyed the Japanese meatballs =) All I say about the M's chicken is yum...hope your family finds it delicious too!

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  8. @Marika Villanueva ~ I don't know where you live? But usually you can buy Cooking Sake in your local Asian Store or Japanese Groceries Store. If you're base in Australia...check your Woolies or Coles, they might stock it.

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  9. where do i find mirin?

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  10. @Anonymous~ Just look above ur comment and read what I said to Marika or just google mirin plus the place where you live...you might get some shops that sells this product.

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