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Your Big Pork Balls

The big bits

500g 100% NZPork Mince

The little bits

½ red capsicum, finely diced

2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely diced (don’t replace with dried ginger for this)

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 red chilli, finely chopped (wash your hands after chopping this)

4 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped

1 kaffir lime leaf, or the zest (skin) of a lime or lemon, finely chopped

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup white breadcrumbs

Salt & pepper

40ml vegetable oil

¼ cup sweet Thai chilli sauce

¼ cup sweet soy (ketjap manis) OR thin soy with a tbsp of honey/golden syrup

Your Big Pork Balls

Grill & BBQ


Serves 4

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Check consistency – the mix should stick together to easily form balls. If it falls apart or is really wet, add some more breadcrumbs a spoon at a time so it doesn’t get too dry.
  3. Make the same sized balls (they need to cook at the same rate so keep them the same size). Another tip – wet your hands before rolling the mix.
  4. Heat oil in large frying pan and fry till golden brown while continuously turning.
  5. Mix sweet Thai chilli and sweet soy sauce and serve as a dipping sauce with the balls.


You can serve this as an entrée/nibbles or make as a main course by serving with noodles. Pour the dipping sauce over and add some coriander and thin slices of cucumber over the top.

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