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Authentic Thai Recipe for Meatball Snacks

Authentic Thai recipe for Meatball Snacks

Meatball Snacks

ลูกชิ้นหมู ( Look Chin Moo )

Added on February 24, 2016

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Rated 4.5 Stars from 191 reader reviews

Yield: About 50 meatballs
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cooking time: 5 Minutes
Ready in: Less than 30 Minutes

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.

Ingredient List:
What's in our Meatball Snacks.

For the Pork Meatball

For the Spicy Mint & Cilantro Sauce

For the Sweet Sesame Sauce

Basic Directions:
How we make our Meatball Snacks.

1) Prepare a sauce by heating fish sauce and sugar until blended. Add the sauce to the ground meat, with chopped cilantro, lemongrass, mint, garlic, green onion, white pepper, and tapioca flour. Let stand for 15 minutes.

2) Prepare the Spicy Mint & Cilantro Sauce by combining chopped cilantro, mint, and green onion with soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, chili flakes, and sugar.

3) Prepare the Sweet Sesame Sauce by combining lime juice with Thai sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, and white sesame seeds.

4) Roll 1 teaspoon of the meat mixture each into little balls. Place them in a steamer and cook on high for 5 minutes. Serve warm with the two sauces.

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Detailed Step-by-step Method:

Step 1

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

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 1

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.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 2

Step 3

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

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 3

Step 4

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

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 4

Step 5

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

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 5

Step 6

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

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 6

Step 7

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

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 7

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.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 10

Step 11

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

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Meatball Snacks - Step 11

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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