CHINESE SPAGETTI AND MEATBALLS

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Last year, we went for a Chinese New year party to my husband’s colleague’s place. There was this huge spread of Chinese dishes on many tables. Though I was not so very familiar with Chinese Cuisine, I couldn’t make out what all the dishes were. But one dish at the centre that caught my eye was Spagetti and Meat balls. And when I got to taste it, it was awesome…it was a Chinese version. It was simply delicious! Surprisingly my kids loved it too. From then on..I had been wanting to try Chinese Spagetti and Meatballs one day.Then last weekend, I made it…Came out real good.

I don’t know if this is the authentic way of doing it.This is my version.It tastes really good.

Ingredients:

  • Thick Spagetti – 500 gms
  • Salt as needed
  • Water to cook the spaghetti.

For the meat balls:

  1. Minced raw beef – 1 kg
  2. Egg – 1 big(beaten well)
  3. Bread crumbs – 2 cups
  4. Salt as needed.
  5. Chinese Five spice powder – 2 tsp
  6. Onions – 1 big(finely chopped)
  7. Soy Sauce – 2 tbsp

For final sauting:

  1. Oil – 3 tbsp
  2. Garlic – 5 pearls (finely chopped)
  3. Onions – 1 big(cubed)
  4. Spring Onions – 1 bunch(Chopped finely)
  5. Carrots – ½ cup(Julienned)
  6. Cabbage – ½ cup(finely shredded)
  7. Black pepper powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Sweet chilli Sauce – 3 -4 tbsp(if not available, replace it with Tomato Sauce)
  9. Soy sauce – 5 tbsp.
  10. Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  11. Salt to taste.
  12. Dry roasted Sesame seeds – 4tbsp.

Method:

  • In a big vessel, cook spaghetti with a little salt and oil to al dente. When cooked , reserve 1/3rd cup of the water and drain the rest of the water away and keep the pasta aside.
  • Place the minced beef in a bowl. Add egg to it. Now add the bread crumbs. Mix well with clean hands.
  • To this add salt, Pepper powder, Five-spice powder, chopped onions and 2 tbsp of Soy sauce. Mix well and shape into small balls.
  • In a pan/Kadai , heat oil. Deep fry the balls till golden brown and well cooked. Place on a kitchen towel to drain off the excess oil.
  • Now heat 3 or 4 tbsp of vegetable oil(I used sunflower oil) in another big pan/wok. Add finely chopped garlic and sauté well. To this add the cubed onions and the white of the Spring onions and Saute for a minute Now add the julienned carrot and finely shredded cabbage and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  • Then add Black Pepper powder, Sweet chilli sauce, Soy Sauce and the chopped greens of the spring onions and sauté well. To this add the 1/3rd cup of water(water in which the pasta was cooked).Bring to a boil, add the cooked pasta and on high flame ,toss for 1 minute so that the Pasta absorbs and gets soaked in the sauce.Sprinkle the sesame oil and toss well.
  • Garnish with dry roasted sesame seeds and meatballs and serve and Enjoy!

Notes:

If you don’t have Chinese Five Spice Powder, heres the recipe.

CHINESE FIVE-SPICE POWDER:

Ingredients:

  1. Star Anise – 6
  2. Whole Black Peppercorns -1 ½ tsps
  3. Cinnamon – 3 tbsp
  4. Ground Cloves – ¾ tsp
  5. Fennel seeds – 1 ½ tsps

Method:

  • Heat a pan and dry roast all the above ingredients on low fire(Taking care not to burn the spices).
  • When it emits an aroma, turn off the flame. Allow to cool.
  • Grind finely to a fine powder. Store in an air tight container.
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