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Asian Meatball Soup

April 25, 2011

I keep thinking soup season is over.  You know, spring and all.  But what the HELL has been going on?!  Spring has been so reluctant to show its precious face, and I believe we have had enough of its fits and winter’s icy grip.


This soup is the perfect combination of comfort coupled with a promise of warmer days ahead. It doesn’t quiet commit to winter heartiness, which makes you feel like you too are refusing to believe or accept the fact that it actually snowed last week!

Asian Meatball Soup

Pre-cooked Asian noodles such as: rice, udon, glass.  Really your choice!  Even spaghetti would work.

For the meatballs:

1 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Sambel Olek or Sriracha
1 Tbsp Garlic minced
1 Tbsp Fresh Minced Ginger
1/2 Cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro
1 lbs Ground Pork or Turkey
if you use turkey – add 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil 

Form into tablespoon sized meatballs.



In a large soup pot  over medium heat combine and bring to a simmer:

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
2-3 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
1/4 Cup Fish Sauce
2 Tbsp Fresh Minced Ginger

2 Cloves Garlic minced
1-2 Tbsp Sriracha or Sambel Olek
6 Cups Beef or Chicken Broth
optional to add Kaffir Lime leaves and/or some lemon grass 

Taste broth, and add more of any ingredient to adjust to your taste.  Gently add meatballs a few at a time, giving them a minute to firm up before adding more.  Continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. 

Add your cooked noodles and it’s optional to add some vegetables:
Sliced Cabbage
Shredded Carrots
Red Pepper sliced
Simmer a couple minutes, ladle into bowls.

Garnish with:
Lime Wedge
Green Onions sliced
Cilantro Chopped

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    April 25, 2011 8:20 pm

    Since there is a big difference between Sambel Olek and Sriracha, which do you suggest? I have both. Perhaps one for the meatballs and the other for the broth?

    • foododelmundo permalink
      April 26, 2011 6:55 am

      Completely your choice! I’ve made the soup and the meatballs with each (at different times) and have enjoyed them both ways equally. The important thing is that you love it.
      Enjoy Diane! Perhaps some day we’ll actually meet, face to face 😉
      ~ Mary

  2. April 26, 2011 8:18 am

    I’m with you – tired of the cold and rain here in Seattle! This soup will help. I have everything I need but the Sriracha. Time for a trip to the store in the rain.


  3. April 26, 2011 10:28 am

    Great timing. We’re scheduled for snow again this week. Hoo-frickin’-ray.

  4. Pat permalink
    April 26, 2011 10:47 am

    Oh, I would love some right now! Isn’t Minnesota EVER going to warm up?

  5. Karen permalink
    February 17, 2013 5:00 pm

    Weather in Ohio was in the teens today and this soup warmed up our day! Thanks! 🙂

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