Chinese 5 Spice Pork Meatballs



This recipe features the famous Chinese 5 Spice mix. If you are not familiar with this spice blend, I would describe it as the spices typically used to make Pho soup broth.

Here’s the spice mix I used:

Spice mix include fennel, anise seed, ginger, licorice root, cinnamon, cloves:

Start with ground pork and add salt, ground pepper and Chinese 5 spice (I used about two teaspoons for one pound of ground):

Mix thoroughly and form meatballs

Add few tablespoons of pork lard to pan

Crank up the heat, and get the lard smoking hot

Place meatballs in the pan

Turn them as they cook to get all sides brown and crispy

Remove pan from heat. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, and use a whisk to deglaze the pan and create a smooth velvety brown sauce

Here’s the plating of meatballs and brown sauce

And a close up

Meatballs had crispy exterior and pink core

And the brown sauce really enhanced the dish!!!

Here’s how I would describe what it tasted like

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(AnnaLeeThal) #2

Damn. That looks good.


Yeah, the combo of ground pork and 5 spice is miraculous. I use this combo in crack slaw, too.

(AnnaLeeThal) #4

Thanks for the meal idea.


Hope you enjoy…let us know how it turns out!

(Guardian of the bacon) #6

Unfortunately I got a stiff neck trying to read the labels sideways and was unable to enjoy the rest of the post. :smiling_imp:


Ok, thanks for the feedback, Mr. Stiffneck. I rotated the pictures now. :slight_smile:

(Guardian of the bacon) #8

You’re so warm & caring…


No I’m not. I’m just perpetually drunk on ketones. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

(Guardian of the bacon) #10

Speaking of which…off topic to your post…that story about the little girl getting better on ketones was amazing.


Yes. I remember reading about that story years ago. I remember it coming up with the whole Meryl Streep epilepsy advocacy and soon. Incredible story.


You’re an amazing cook.


That was very kind of you to say that. Thank you, Theresa. :blush:

(carl) #14

I make chorizo with 5 spice. Very tasty


Wow, the chorizo idea sounds good. Do you go all the way with preparing casings and making the sausages for the chorizo? I love making homemade sausages…takes time, but worth it!