Bowl of pork meatballs and vegetables in hoisin broth

Pork meatballs in hoisin broth

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

Low in calories and cheap to make, these Asian-style meatballs are served in a clear and nourishing broth with plenty of veg

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal366
  • fat14g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein32g
  • salt2.5g
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  • 500g pack lean pork mince
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 225g can water chestnut, drained, half finely chopped, half sliced
    Water chestnuts

    Water chestnuts

    war-ta chest-nutz

    An ingredient with a very unusual, utterly reliable crunch and

  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, shredded



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 large carrots, shaved into strips with a potato peeler



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 8 Chinese leaves, thick part sliced, leaves shredded
  • 300g pack beansprout


    been sp-rowts

    The two most common beansprouts are the green-capped mung bean

  • bunch spring onions, cut into lengths, plus a few tops chopped to serve
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…


  1. Tip the mince into a bowl with the soy, cornflour, five-spice, chopped water chestnuts and some black pepper. Work everything together, then shape into 12 meatballs.

  2. Pour the stock into a wide, deep pan and stir in the hoisin and ginger. Add the meatballs, then cover and poach for 5 mins. Drop in the carrots, Chinese leaves, beansprouts, spring onions and sliced chestnuts, then put on the lid and simmer for 5 mins. Ladle into bowls, then serve scattered with spring onion tops.

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mercuryzelda's picture
20th Oct, 2019
This is a very flavourful recipe, but I had to double the amount of stock / hoisin to give enough broth for a satisfying soup. I will make this again, though!
16th Nov, 2017
This is lovely. I fry the pork balls to add colour and five minutes before serving add a packet of ready prepared stir-fry vegetables. Delicious.
20th Aug, 2015
Lovely recipe, couldn't find Chinese leaves and added sliced mushrooms to the broth but it was still really tasty and quick to make.
koolk_2009's picture
9th Apr, 2015
Really easy recipe, meatballs are delicious! Added tofu for my daughter which was also lovely.
22nd Feb, 2015
A great recipe. If it's not a contradiction in terms, it's both filling and light. By which I mean that it's not at all stodgy, but is very satisfying.
24th Jan, 2015
Love this recipe, made it three times this month. Easy, healthy and delicious
OvO's picture
14th Nov, 2014
Delicious. Was very pleasantly surprised by how much we all enjoyed this. I browned the meatballs first as they look much nicer but apart from that followed the recipe to the letter.
19th Oct, 2014
Made this for the first time today, and it went down very well. I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter, but in future, now I know how successful it is, I will experiment. It's really tasty and filling, but with the added bonus of being healthy.
30th Apr, 2012
added some chillies at the end for some extra bite
12th Apr, 2012
I also added straight to wok noodles which made this a hefty portion for 4. Very tasty, feels like its healthy and definitely one to make again and again. I used a 195g jar of Sharwoods Hoisin and Spring Onion sauce and didn't brown the meatballs, just popped them straight in.


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29th May, 2020
Good recipe have made multiple times, I also add noodles and some frozen (stir-fry) veges after meatballs have simmered, and double the stock.
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