Authentic Thai Recipe for
Meatball Snacks

Authentic Thai Recipe for
Meatball Snacks

ลูกชิ้นหมู (Look Chin Moo)

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First published on February 24, 2016
Recipe by W. Tipsuwan

Authentic Thai recipe for Meatball Snacks
Yield: About 50 meatballs
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cooking time: 5 Minutes
Ready in: Less than 30 Minutes

Ingredient List:

For the Pork Meatball
For the Spicy Mint & Cilantro Sauce
For the Sweet Sesame Sauce

About my Look Chin Moo:

About my Look Chin Moo:

The meatball snack food stalls in Thailand are to many Thai people what hot dog vendors in the U.S. are to Americans. Meatballs are one of our most popular and easily found street food snacks. As with hot dogs, it is not likely that you will find someone selling their own homemade meatballs. With this recipe you can enjoy the delicious and very authentic flavor of Thai meatballs wherever you are. They are quite easy to prepare with your choice of ground pork, chicken, or beef, and we serve them up with two of our popular dipping sauces.

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Step by Step Directions:

Step by Step Directions:

How to Make Look Chin Moo

How to Make Look Chin Moo

Step 1

In Thailand our meatballs are usually made with ground pork, but you can also use chicken or beef.

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Step 2

Start by making a sauce from the fish sauce and sugar. In a small pan heat the fish sauce and sugar slowly until it starts to bubble.

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Step 3

Stir continuously until they melt together to make a sticky sauce. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool completely.

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Step 4

Cut the mint leaves, cilantro, lemongrass, green onion, and garlic into equal amounts of about 1 tablespoon each.

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Step 5

Use a vegetable chopper or chop it by hand until very fine.

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Step 6

After the fish sauce and sugar has cooled completely, add it to your ground meat.

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Step 7

Next add the chopped herbs, tapioca flour, and white pepper.

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Step 8

Mix it all together well and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes.

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Step 9

Prepare the Spicy Mint & Cilantro Sauce by combining the cilantro, mint, green onion, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, chili flakes, and sugar together. Chop on high in your chopper until very fine. If doing it by hand chop the herbs very fine, then stir in the other ingredients until well blended.

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Step 10

Pour the mixture into a small bowl for dipping.

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Step 11

Prepare the Sweet Sesame Sauce by stirring the lime juice together with the sweet chili sauce.

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Step 12

Add the sesame oil and the sesame seeds. Whisk together lightly until well mixed and pour into a serving bowl.

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Step 13

Put about 1 teaspoon of the meat mixture in your hands and roll it around to form a very small meatball. For best results work to get all the balls the same size. With this amount of meat you should get about 50 balls.

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Step 14

As you roll them, go ahead and lay the balls in your steamer tray with a little space all around.

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Step 15

Boil the water in your steamer, then add the steaming tray, cover it, and cook on high heat for about 5 minutes.

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Step 16

Check after 5 minutes. The balls should be already firm. Check one to make sure they are cooked through, then remove from the steam promptly. Do not overcook.

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Step 17

After cooling slightly, place them on a plate with both sauces and some mint or cilantro as a garnish. Serve and eat with satay or hot dog sticks for an authentic flair.

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