Meatballs work well with Asian flavours and are a great way to build a dish around ready made basics such as noodles and stir fry veggies. When I am shopping for ingredients I look for ways to keep meals simple but interesting and there are some great short cuts you can take like the recipe here.

Ingredients:

500g pork meatballs
¼ cup hoi sin sauce
1 lime, juice
Pinch dried chilli flakes
1 pack of fresh or frozen stir fry veggies
300g fresh egg noodles

Method:

  1. Bring a pot of water to the boil, add noodles and cook for 1 minute to heat through. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Cook the meatballs, turning regularly until browned on all sides. Remove from pan.
  3. Return pan to high heat, add vegetables and cook stir often until bright in colour and still crisp. Add sauce, chilli and lime.
  4. Return meatballs to the pan with the noodles and toss to coat in sauce and warm through.
  5. Divide between plates and serve.

Serves 2-3

TIPS:

  • Premade meatballs are readily available in most large supermarkets. If not, use sausages cut into bite size pieces.
  • Fresh noodles are already cooked and only need warming through. Boiling them for more than a minute will make them too soft and they will fall apart.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Beef or chicken meatballs can be used in place of pork
  • Tofu can be used to replace meat for a vegetarian option
  • Chop up fresh veggies such as carrots, snow peas, beans, buk choy if a mix is not available
  • Dried noodles can be used in place of fresh, cook according to directions on pack

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