Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs


Did you know noodles were a part of the Chinese culture for thousands of years before it was a part the Italian culture?  This fact inspired me to try my hand at making spaghetti and meatballs with Asian flavors.  The results... one great happy family.

The Meatballs:
To make your meatballs use:
1lb of lean ground meat ( I used pork)
1Tbs of Chinese rice wine (not vinegar)
1Tbs of Soy Sauce
1 Tbs of Hoisin Sauce
1 Tbs each of grated ginger and garlic
1 Tbs of cornstarch
Mix all ingredients well and form into walnut size meatballs.

 Fry in a wok with 1 Tbs of canola oil on medium-high heat. Fry until the meatballs are cooked through and browned.   Using a slotted spoon, remove the meatballs out of the wok and set aside.  Allow the oil to remain in the wok for the next step.

The Sauce:
Stir fry in the remaining oil:
1 medium onion chopped
1 large carrot grated or diced
1 green pepper diced (frozen is fine)
1 Tbs of grated garlic
2 Tbs of grated ginger

Fry until onions begin to soften.

Then add:
1 tsp of curry powder ( I used American Curry powder by McCormick)
1 Tbs of Hoisin Sauce
1 Tbs of Fish Sauce**
2 Tbs of Soy Sauce
1 tsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
Stir fry for a few minutes.
** You can substitute more soy sauce for the fish sauce.

Then add:
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1/4 cup of water

 Add Meatballs back into the pan and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

 Finish off with one large bunch of green onions chopped (both white and green parts)

The Spaghetti:
Cook Pasta according to package instructions.  You can use any type of spaghetti (I used thin spaghetti).  You can also use vermicelli or glass noodles often used in Asian noodle dishes.

Toss the sauce/meatballs with the spaghetti and serve.

Serves 4-6 people.  Enjoy.

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  1. The meatballs sound amazing with all those yummy ingredients...all flavours that I love. Even better tossed into that yummy sauce.

  2. Look at how perfect those meatballs are! And all those amazing flavours packed in will leave regular meatball recipes crying in the dust :) I love the end effect, sprinkled with spring onions.

  3. Wow! That looks amazing! I adore curry - but I'm allergic to it...and fish sauce. I think I have a tiny bit of some specially blended curry that doesn't have cinnamon or allspice - I'll be trying this...

    Great post!

  4. Love this spaghetti!! I love the curry and hoisin together - nice. Will give it a try.

  5. I definitely love the Asian flavors of this spaghetti! Can't wait to try it out =)

  6. What a great twist to the traditional spaghetti. The meatballs look so delicious and browned perfectly!

  7. Wow, I love this Asian take on spaghetti and meatballs. I think I might like this one better than the Italian version...yum!!!

  8. I am making this one for sure! I love the twist on normal spaghetti and meatballs. I have a feeling this will be a hit!

  9. This recipe looks so fun and delicious. One little tip for those who want to make this recipe but don't use coconut milk every day is to buy coconut milk powder and reconstitute it accordingly for smaller recipes like this.

  10. I really will have to make this,you post some really great recipes.

  11. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. I can't wait to make this dish again.

  12. Those asian meatballs look great! I have to try making them sometimes instead of the usual old italian meatballs!

  13. Ahhh, I'm so glad I saved this in my inbox and came back to it. It looks delicious. I need to get me some ground chicken or pork though. I can't imagine it would work well with ground beef. Yum!

  14. Wow that looks amazing! I never would have thought to make a spaghetti like this

  15. Great take on traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Looking forward to trying them.

  16. Sounds very tasty. Great family meal.

  17. This looks so yummy! Wonder how they would be as lettuce wrap filling....

  18. Great recipe! Looks very yummy and I have been craving spaghetti and meatballs for a while!

  19. curious that recipe! spaghetti are my passion! I suggest to you to cook for five minutes at most!
    greetings from Milan, Italy


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