Sweet & Sour Shiitake Meatballs

Add the Umami taste of Shiitake to meatballs. Add some color with vegetables too. By adding moisture like the Shiitake rehydrating liquid when kneading the meatballs, it will turn out plump and fluffy. Knead the minced meat well until it becomes sticky. Deep fry the vegetables as they are for about 10 seconds and the meatballs for 3–4 minutes until they are cooked. Recipe provided by: Hattori Nutrition College

Ingredients (4 servings) (40 minutes)

  • 300g Minced pork
  • 10 Dried Shiitake-A
  • 1/2 tsp Salt-A
  • A pinch of Pepper-A
  • 1 tsp Ginger (finely chopped)-A
  • 5cm (15g) Spring onions (finely chopped)-A
  • 2 tsp Sake-A
  • 50ml Shiitake soaking water-A
  • 1 Beaten egg-A
  • 1 Tbsp Potato or corn starch-A
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 80g Lotus root
  • 1/2 (50g) Red bell pepper
  • 2 (80g) Green bell peppers
  • as necessary Deep fryer oil
  • 240ml Vinegar-B
  • 150ml Shiitake soaking water-B
  • 6 Tbsp Tomato ketchup
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp Soy sauce-B
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp Honey-B
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar-B
  • 1 tsp Ginger (finely chopped)-B
  • 5cm Spring onions (finely chopped)-B
  • as necessary Vegetable oil
  • as necessary Potato or corn starch dissolved in water
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil


Rehydrate the dried Shiitake, squeeze out excess water, cut in half, roughly dice half of it, and leave the rest halved. (Add the diced Shiitake into the minced meat and serve the rest as side vegetables)
Cut the onion, lotus root, and bell peppers into bite-size pieces.
Add the minced pork and A to a bowl, knead well, and make meatballs measuring about 3cm in diameter (about 16 meatballs)
Heat the frying oil to 180℃ and deep fry the vegetables and meatballs.
Heat up vegetable oil in the frying pan and stir fry the spring onions and ginger in ◎ until fragrant.
Add the B seasoning and bring to a boil. Then, add 4. and simmer for 1–2 minutes before thickening the sauce with the starch slurry.
Once the sauce thickens, pour a ring of sesame oil and serve on a plate.


Rehydrating dried Shiitake with cold water gets rid of bad odors and brings out more sweetness and flavor.

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