Meatballs in Oriental Sweet and Sour Sauce

An inexpensive dish, Meatballs in Oriental Sweet and Sour Sauce is both attractive and easy to make. Serve it with fried or boiled rice.

1 lb. lean pork, minced

1 onion, finely chopped

1-inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar :1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoons cornflour

1 tablespoons soy sauce

2½ fl. oz. vegetable oil

SAUCE

14 oz. canned pineapple chunks, drained and can juice reserved

2 teaspoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons wine vinegar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 large carrots, scraped and cut in thin slices on the diagonal

1 large green pepper, white pith removed, seeded and thinly sliced

1 tablespoon cornflour dissolved in

4 tablespoons water tomatoes, quartered

In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, onion, ginger, salt, sugar, pepper, cornflour and soy sauce. Using your hands, mix and knead the ingredients together well. Shape the mixture into about 30 balls U-inchcs in diameter.

In a large frying-pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs, a few at a time, and fry them, turning occasionally, for 15 minutes or until they are well browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to a plate. Set aside while you cook the remaining meatballs in the same way.

Pour away all the oil from the frying-pan. Wipe the pan and return it to the heat. Add the reserved can juice from the pineapple, the soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring constantly. Add the carrots and the green pepper. Cover the pan and simmer for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the dissolved cornflour .

Increase the heat to moderate and bring the sauce to the boil, stirring constantly. When the sauce is thick and translucent, add the meatballs, the pineapple chunks and the tomato quarters. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat. Turn the contents of the pan into a warmed serving dish and serve immediately.

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