Pork Meatball Hot Pot
Juicy pork meatballs with vegetables, ready in a short time
Classic-style donabe (medium-size)
IngredientsFor the meat balls
- 14 oz (400 g) ground pork
- 1 medium to large egg
- 1/4 medium onion, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon katakuriko (potato starch)
- 1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon sake
- 3 cups (720 ml) Asian or Japanese chicken stock or your choice of dashi stock
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) sake
- 6 medium leaves napa cabbage, cut into wide strips (separate the bottom and leafy upper parts)
- 2 tablespoons usukuchi shoyu (light color soy sauce)
- 2 scallions, thinly-sliced at an angle
- 4 oz (120 g) enoki mushrooms, trimmed off and broken apart by hand
- 1 1/2 oz (50 g) bean thread (cellophane noodles), cut into 4" (10 cm) long
- 4 oz (120 g) nira (garlic chives), trimmed and cut into 3" (7 cm) long
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- Yuzu-kosho or shichimi togarashi (optional)
- In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and knead well until smooth and shiny by hand. Cover tightly and keep refrigerated for 30 minutes.
- Combine the stock, sake, and the bottom part of the napa cabbage in a donabe. Cover and set over medium-high heat. As soon as it starts boiling, turn down the heat to simmer. Add the soy sauce, remaining napa cabbage, scallions and enoki mushrooms.
- Quickly form the meat mixture into 13 to 15 balls by hand and add to the broth. Cover again and simmer for 4 – 5 minutes or the meat is almost cooked through.
- Add the bean thread, and nira. Cover again and simmer for 1 – 2 minutes or until everything is cooked through. Drizzle some sesame oil to finish.
- Serve immediately at the table with yuzu-kosho or your choice of condiments.Adding a pinch of salt will help reducing bitterness of brown rice.
Meat balls are added and ready to cook.
About the measurements used in our recipes
|For rice measurement, traditional Japanese rice measurement is used.|
|1 rice-cup = 3/4 US cup = 180 ml|
|Other conversions (US to metric measures)|
|1 cup = 240 ml
1 inch (1") = 2.5 cm
1 ounce (1 oz) = 30 ml