Saturday, July 21, 2012

Asian Style Pork Meatball Soup

I recently got some lovely minced pork at the farmers market with some shitake mushrooms and came up with a noodle and meatball soup. It ended up making a huge pot and was good for leftovers. I adore a good ramen soup with a tasty broth, full of vegetables. Funny one of the best soups I have eaten recently was in the center of Munich we took the train into the center and were starving a Japanese restaurant was the first place we saw and it was so good. Our little ones love slurping their noodles too.

 Next week we are headed to California for a holiday, going to Sonoma and Napa for the first time and San Francisco. Really excited its been about 8 years since I was there and meeting blogging friends at the weekend! will tweet and share pictures on facebook for sure. If you have any tips feel free to leave in comments or tweet me :-)


  • a small pack of minced pork
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • one pack of ramen noodles
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of 5 spice
  • 1/4 of a tomato chopped
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 spring onions finely chopped
  • one cup of shitake mushrooms sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce 
  • a dash of fish sauce 
  • a dash of soy sauce 
  • one small radish thinly sliced
  • one small zucchini thinly sliced
  • one small egg
  • a handful of panko
  • one teaspoon ginger/garlic paste

  1. mix the pork with the egg, panko a little 5 spice, oyster sauce, garlic and spring onion
  2. form into meatballs and cook in a medium hot pan until nearly cooked about 7-10 minutes turning as they brown
  3. meanwhile heat a little canola oil add one teaspoon of ginger garlic paste, the tomato and 5 spice and let it make a paste 
  4. add the vegetable stock and water and turn down to a simmer
  5. add the shitake, radish and zucchini and noodles and simmer for 5-10 minutes
  6. add a little soy sauce and fish sauce
  7. then add the meatballs 
  8. simmer for about 5 minutes 
  9. serve and garnish with chopped spring onion 

Really excited to get some good food on our trip, particularly Chinese in China town and Japanese, San Francisco reminds me of Vancouver and Melbourne Australia for its large Asian population and first class Authentic food. Yippee can't wait :-) 

Have a lovely week everyone 


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  1. Nice recipe Rebecca:)alwsys I heard San francisco is awesome. Hope you have a nice trip!

  2. Rebecca, it's so fresh and delicious! Do you have some leftover?! :)

  3. A delicious soup, Rebecca. I can imagine having them for my lunch ;-)

  4. This soup looks excellent. Have a great holiday. Diane

  5. I've bookmarked this excellent recipe to have at a time when it's soup weather here in DC, which it most certainly is not right now. Best regards.

    1. I know soup is good in cooler months its hot here in NC as well

  6. The soup looks delish....I love these kinds of soups with different veggies and meatball is always a favourite :-)

  7. That is really lovely soup. I am all about soup in the summer. Have a fab trip!!

  8. Looks very nutritious Rebecca. Slurp slurp indeed! What is panko?
    Have a wonderful holiday. Sounds like you will have lots of fun!

  9. You too have a great week! And the soup looks really delicious and..Asian :)

  10. I love soup and since it's winter we've been having soup every week. Your meatball soup looks lovely!

  11. that looks really delicious, and nutritious too! reminds me of the simple clear soups my mum makes, and yes with meatballs flaoting in them too (:

  12. that sounds like an incredible soup! yum!

  13. Good comforting meal :) Enjoy your trip my friend!

  14. love meat balls in soup more than in sauce over pasta!

  15. Soup..any soup is very comforting...
    Have a great time over there! You are on a traveling roll :)) Keep us updated.

  16. Oh Rebecca this ground pork meatballs look great, very tasty indeed.
    Have fun in CA, it seems that you are staying only on the northern part of the State...
    I look forward to see the pictures :)

  17. Wow, I think I might crave this all day!


  18. Have a safe trip to San Francisco! I really wished that I could meet you in person, but hopefully you will visit again!! ;-) This sounds delicious. My kids love meatballs and noodle together and it looks yummy!

    1. Sorry we couldn't meet you will have to come to NC

  19. What a great recipe. Even in summer, there is something really comforting about a good bowl of soup. How fun that you are going to San Francisco. (and that it reminds you of my home town Vancouver!). Look forward to your travel shots. Safe travels!!!!

  20. I love making a big pot of soup that will last throughout the week! looks great!

  21. Have a wonderful trip! I'm jealous... haven't been to CA in over 10 years. This soup looks so comforting and flavorful.

  22. Delicious soup! It's been too hot for soup here lately but I can't wait for cooler temps to enjoy recipe like this.

    Have a wonderful time in California! Love San Francisco and a little side trip to Carmel :)

  23. Delicious soup-I think my kiddos would love this! {me too} Funny thing...I will be in the bay area this weekend :-)

  24. Holy crap, that's hot! That soup sounds incredible :) I love pork but I never buy minced pork cause I run out of stuff to do with it. Totally bookmarking this recipe!

  25. I love all of the Asian ingredients in this soup Rebecca! After my surgery, soup has been so comforting, even if it is 95 degrees. Total comfort food to nourish the soul as well as the body!



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