Asian Inspired Pork-upine Meatball Soup

Susan Bickta


I have been on a Chinese food binge lately and came up with this recipe. It's a nice flavorful clear broth with veggies and porcupine meatballs made with ground pork, soy sauce, sesame oil and green onions. Served over a handful of Chinese noodles .... it's very tasty and satisfying.


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25 Min
30 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 lb
    ground pork
  • 1 c
    cooked white rice (or brown rice if desired)
  • 2
    green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    sesame oil
  • SOUP

  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small
    head of cabbage, chopped
  • 2
    containers (32 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    sesame oil
  • 1 large
    carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3
    green onions, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp
    cornstarch mixed with
  • 1/3 c
    cold water
  • 1 bag(s)
    chinese noodles (optional)

How to Make Asian Inspired Pork-upine Meatball Soup


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, rice, egg, green onion, ground ginger, sesame oil and soy sauce. Mix well with hands and form into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls, compacting mixture with your hands.
  3. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  4. meanwhile, in a 4 to 5 quart Dutch oven, cook the cabbage in the vegetable oil until crisp tender. Add the chicken broth, soy sauce and sesame oil. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the meatballs, carrots and green onion. Bring to a simmer and cook an additional 8-10 minutes.
  6. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to soup and mix well. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until SLIGHTLY thickened.
  7. To serve: put a handful of Chinese noodles in the bottom of a bowl (if desired) and ladle soup on top. Garnish with extra green onion.

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About Asian Inspired Pork-upine Meatball Soup

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Chinese

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