Pork Ball Noodle Soup
The snow has melted. But, the temperature stays. Perhaps, it is even colder than when it snowed. Keeping warm with enough clothing is essential so as eating the right food. Our appetite rises and tend to eat more during winter. This leads to more water requirement by the body to digest the food. Hence, we have to drink enough of water in order to help digestion and to avoid digestion related problems. Similarly, water is needed for keeping our skin soft and supple during the dry wintry conditions.
I always make sure that I drink enough water on a daily basis. Also, I like soupy stuff to make sure I have enough fluid in my body. During harsh winter as such, I like soupy dish that can quickly warm me up. Instantly, it came to my mind that I have long missed pork ball noodle soup! This is definitely my kind of winter warmer!
Pork Ball Noodle Soup or Chu Yoke Yuen Fun 猪肉粉 is very popular in Kuala Lumpur. Any hawker’s place you go, there must be one stall that sells pork ball noodle soup. When I stayed in KL and went out for dinner or lunch, it was always difficult to decide what to eat. Not that there’s limited choices, but far too many! I always like to have pork ball noodle soup with some freshly cut bird’s eye chili in soya sauce with a hint of lime juice. Yum!!
Pork ball is a Chinese kind of meatball made from finely minced pork and starch. I think it’s a very good idea to make large quantity of pork ball and freeze so that you can use whenever you want. I am definitely in favour of this especially when I want to have a quick and homely meal. Homemade pork ball is obviously better as you know what you ingredients you use, making it from scratch!
I got the homemade pork ball recipe from The Waitakere Redneck’s Kitchen. I really have to thank sinner for sharing this fantastic recipe! There’s video on her blog that shows the steps in making pork ball! This is superb! The end result – I absolutely love the bouncy and springy pork balls that I made some extras for later. I have altered the recipe a bit to suit my own taste. To try pork ball noodle soup , recipe follows.
For the Pork Ball Noodle Soup:
125ml icy cold water
1 tbsp oyster sauce
½ tbsp fish sauce
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp corn flour
1¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp white pepper
For noodle soup:
300g fresh egg noodles
100g rice noodles
250g pak choi or choi sum
1.5l vegetable stock
a pinch of white pepper
a small handful of goji berry
1. Mince the pork in a food processor until a paste is form. Add 5 tbsp water, one at a time, to get a smooth paste.
2. In a bowl, mix together the remaining water, fish sauce, salt, sugar, oil, cornflour and baking powder.
3. Remove the pork paste from the food processor and put in a big bowl. Pour in the liquid to the pork paste and stir well until the liquid is absorbed into the paste.
4. Cover bowl with cling film and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
5. Boil a pot of water. Once the water has boiled, remove the pot from the heat.
6. Add pepper to the paste and stir to combine.
7. Scoop the paste onto your wet hand. Push the paste through your thumb and 2nd finger by making a fist. Use a wet spoon to scoop and drop it into the hot water. To prevent the paste from sticking to your hand and spoon, wet the spoon and hand with water.
8. Continue until the pork balls form a layer in the water. Now turn on the heat but do not let it boil just simmer slowly without bubble. If not your pork ball will not have ‘bounce’.
9. Fill a big basin with icy cold water. When the pork balls starts to float, leave for a few more seconds. (Cut one in half to see if it is cook. The inside should not be pink). Scoop out and let it cool in the cold water.
10. To prepare the soup. You can make use vegetable cube or to make your own vegetable stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cover. Simmer for 5 minutes.
11. Add pak choi or choi sum to the stock simmer for 1-2 minutes or until just wilted. Then, add in the cooked pork balls. Add dash of white pepper.
12. Meanwhile, place noodles in a large heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain. Separate noodles. Divide noodles between serving bowls.
13. Ladle over pork balls, pak choi or choi sum and soup. Sprinkle some goji berry.
Humm, both the photos and recipe look fantastic, this one will no doubt end up being cooked in my kitchen! :))
it looks so great, yum yum!
I prefer fish ball noodle soup to pork ball. But I’m with you on the bird eye chili…and really nice addition of goji berry 🙂
Thank you! Let me know how it turns out once you’ve tried.
Thanks !! I love it !! Yum!
I also love fish ball noodle soup! I think it’s lighter compared to pork ball. I need to find a suitable kind of fish to make fish ball – I obviously can’t get the fish my mom uses back home.
Goji berry was to pretty up the dish, also to add some natural sweetness to the soup. 🙂
Looks delicious! Love how you used goji berries for garnishing.
Tks for sharing such a great recipe! Will try it out soon. My hubby’s favourite stall for ??????? is located at Jalan Imbi.
home made pork balls must be very tasty! I love this soupy noodles dish, and the photography is beautiful =)
That soup looks good. I like the sound of meatballs in a soup.
Thank you! 🙂
Thanks! I will take note of that place! Hopefully the next time I go back to Malaysia, I will stop by and try!
It’s definitely yummy! First time I made this. 🙂
Yup! You should try! 🙂
Gimme a bowl now!one of my favourite non spicy noodles dipped with chili padi! yummy!!
This looks so good. I have to try this this very weekend and I think both my ‘boys’ will love it.
The snow melt was such a tease – still freezing outside! I love pork meatballs and noodles. So true about liquids – if I don’t drink enough water I get mild headaches and feel a bit sluggish. I will be making this soup for dinner soon this week!
Well done! Your meatballs looks very good!
Did you use only lean pork? Or with some fat?
I am like you, for non spicy noodle soup, I like it with cili padi!!
It’s really fun to make the pork ball!
I was so unhappy when it stopped snowing and when the snow melted! It’s true that we still that even more freezing temperature and strong wind!
Yeah, I do get headache sometimes when I don’t drink enough water after all the heating in the office and at home!
Thank you! I bought minced pork – so there’s a little fat in it.
That sounds really good! Your pictures are so pretty!
wow, amazing picture, well done. The soup looks yummy, I am a big fan of noodle soup !
This really does look delicious. A great photograph of what I am sure is bound to be a delicious soup!
Thanks for dropping by and your comment! 🙂
Thank you! You should try making it at home!
Thank you! 🙂
your’s roster bowl, remind me about my hometown. We loved to eat chicken porridge in the morning with those bowl 🙂
This is one of my all time favourite! I love pork ball so much… tks for sharing!
Hey, just saw your blog, really like the photos and can’t wait to try few recipes too. I’m indonesian chinese also staying in the uk, beckenham (close to bromley) to be exact. How about you? I’m only been here for abt 2 yrs and feel really bored and fed up staying here. Anyway, just want to say keep up with the good work. I don’t see a lot of food bloggers from the uk. I will be a frequent visitor to your blog from now on 🙂 Thank you!! Regards, Dewi Ng
This looks so beautiful and healthy!
It is one of my favourite bowls! I remember when I was kid, the stall near my place used this rooster bowl to serve Curry Mee/Curry Laksa.
I love it too!
Thanks for dropping by!
Joie de vivre,
In KL, my favourtie stall somewhere near pandan indah. gorgot about the name, i just know HOW to go! Anyway, I like to have a bowl of this NOW!
Thanks for dropping by! You need to tell me what's the name of the stall so that I can try next time!! 🙂
That looks so good, I must try to make some pork balls too, thanks for the recipe! Btw, this was posted on my birthday lol
Now I know your bday!!! hehehe 🙂 Happy belated bday.. 😛
hi, I want to say thanks for the honest, no nonsense, easy-to-follow steps. I really succeeded making the meatballs – bouncy, smooth in my first attempt!!
I have been making this many times, even my fussy daughter loving it!! 😉 Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!!
Thank you for your recipe! I’ve absolutely loved the taste of em meatballs! Not going to use another recipe but yours! Thank you! 🙂