BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Chinese Meatball Sliders

My friend Ruben gave me the recipe that inspired this one. He made his with lean ground turkey and pan-steamed the meatballs. I thought it sounded delicious, but ground pork was on sale at my neighborhood’s Asian grocery store, and I decided that was more Chinese anyway, so that’s what I used. I added fresh chopped spinach, because I love the bright flavor and color it imparts to meatballs, plus it’s a healthy and cheap way to get more meatball for your buck. A heap of rice vinegar-soaked shredded carrots and cucumber gives this sandwich a kind of banh mi feel, and fluffy Chinese steamed buns provide just the right amount of structure for the juicy and flavorful sandwich fillings. Prepare each individual sandwich before serving or set out platers of the buns, meatballs, carrot-cucumber mixture, condiments and cilantro and let people assemble their own sandwiches.

Note: Ruben teaches fourth grade at a low-income school in New York City. His classroom library desperately needs new books. If you can, please take a second to help him out.

  • ingredients
  • a drizzle of olive or vegetable oil for the pan (or use cooking spray) Pantry
  • 3/4 lb ground pork $1
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped Pantry
  • 1 1” piece ginger, peeled and chopped $0.50
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce Pantry
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper Pantry
  • 2-3 tsp (depending on how spicy you like it) Asian chili sauce, plus more for serving $2 for 8 oz.
  • 2 scallions, chopped $1 for a bunch
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped $0.50
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten $1.50 for 12
  • 1 carrot, grated $0.25
  • 1/2 regular cucumber (peel intact), grated or cut into matchsticks $1 for a whole cucumber
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar $2.50 for 12 oz.
  • 6 small Chinese steamed buns (sometimes called “steamed bread,” found in the freezer section of most Asian specialty stores), or French rolls $2.50 for 6
  • hoisin sauce $2 for 8 oz.
  • 6 smallish sprigs fresh cilantro $1 for a bunch
Total Cost of Ingredients $15.25


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil/spray a baking sheet and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine pork, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, black pepper, scallions, spinach leaves and egg. Use your (clean) hands to mix well. Form into golf ball-sized meatballs and arrange on the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are evenly spaced. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through.

While meatballs cook, combine the carrot and cucumber in a small bowl and drizzle with the vinegar. Toss to coat and set aside until ready to use.

Steam the buns according to package directions (I find it easiest/quickest to microwave them for 1-2 minutes, wrapped in a damp paper towel). Split buns in half, lengthwise.

Spread a little hoisin sauce on each half of the buns. Place 1-2 meatballs, topped with the carrot-cucumber mixture and a sprig of cilantro on the bottom half of each bun. Top with the other half of the bun. Serve immediately, with extra chili sauce on the side.

Makes 6 sandwiches (serves about 3).

Category: Meals

Tags: , ,

Share this Recipe: Share on Facebook Tweet This! Pin it on Pinterest

Leave a Comment

Textile help (For formatting your comment)

What They're Saying

General Contractor Fort St John, on Aug 5, 02:00 PM, wrote:

Your web page is great.I can tell you have put a lot of work into it.

Didsbury Homes For Sale, on Nov 2, 12:16 PM, wrote:

Thank you for sharing good ideas to all your readers and continue inspiring us! This is worth it to read for everyone.

australian writing, on Nov 22, 02:23 AM, wrote:

It is a cooking site named called broke-ass gourmet in which Chinese dishes are displayed. It contains all the recipes of the dishes so others can see and easily cook like that and enjoy the Chinese food.

Pet Groomer Red Deer, on Dec 9, 05:13 AM, wrote:

Keep it up and we will continue to support your web posts. We are very thankful for all your ideas and for sharing them to all your readers.

mumbai escorts, on Jun 10, 12:33 AM, wrote:

client require. I too give all sort of benefit and dating call young lady for the crowed of We offer hundred rate
<a href=“”>call girl escorts service in kaithal</a>
<a href=“”>best escorts in karnal</a>
<a href=“”>Agency escorts in kolhapur</a>

Vadodara Escorts, on Jun 10, 07:43 AM, wrote:

We provide escort and call ladies to our clients who want to fulfill their sexual entertainment desires for an hour or an entire evening with various girls. Our main tagline is “customer satisfaction.” When you spend your free time with our escort and call girls, you truly have the best time of your life. Our well-known escort and call girl in vadodara offer escort and call girl services not only in vadodara but also throughout the city.

maids in dubai, on Sep 25, 07:22 AM, wrote:

There’s a simple reason why the majority choose qualified cleaning expert services than working themselves. Simply because cleaning requires above just capturing and cleaning. There will be always micro-organisms living to the surfaces that happen to be not visible to the eyes. Getting qualified cleaning expert services from united states eliminates a existence with germs plus dirt to the great amount. Besides, working with a spotless house is actually a healthy dwelling.

totosite, on Mar 4, 06:14 PM, wrote:

From some point on, I am preparing to build my site while browsing various sites. It is now somewhat completed. If you are interested, please come to play with totosite !!d