Sweet & Sour Lychee Meatballs – Delishar

Lychees are one of my favourite tropical fruit, but the husband isn’t a big fan of it. So I have not eaten it for years! But when I saw someone posted a picture of her Lychee sweet and sour pork, I went straight to the supermarket to buy a can of lychee. Head right back home, and whipped up this plate of delish. The husband was going at it with the meatballs and the bell peppers. Needless to say, ignoring the lychees, which I was secretly rejoicing that he did. LOL!

Sweet sour lychee meatballs.

This dish was inspired by the traditional sweet and sour pork. Whereby the pieces of pork are battered and deep fried before being tossed in the sweet and sour sauce. But because we never deep fry anything in my kitchen, I adapted to make a healthier version. Minced pork seasoned, then shaped into meatballs before pan frying in very little oil to brown all sides. 

The meatballs turned out nicely springy but still tender. Making it this why means lesser fats and calories but still as delish. No wonder it’s one dish that have won the tastebuds of many children and adults alike! My kids included too!

If you don’t take pork, substitute with minced chicken. And for whatever weird reason you don’t like Lychee, like my husband, substitute it with pineapple cubes. But that would mean that you are making sweet & sour meatballs. 🙂 

Sweet sour lychee meatballs process

Sweet & Sour Lychee Meatballs


Serves 4 as a multi-dish meal


  • 250 g minced pork or minced chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp soy
  • 2 tsp flour
  • dash of white pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp oil for pan frying meatballs


  • 2 tbsp can juice
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 red bell pepper cut into chunks
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper cut into chunks
  • 8 lychees from a can halved
  • 1/4 red onion cut into chunks
  • 1/2 carrot thinly sliced
  • Mix all the ingredients for meatballs except oil in a bowl.

  • Mix well until meat is sticky.

  • Shape into 1 inch balls.

  • Mix everything for the sauce in a bowl or measuring cup

  • Heat pan on medium high heat, then add oil.

  • Pan fry meatballs until brown on all sides.

  • Clean out the pan, add the 1 tbsp oil to pan-fry the vegetables.

  • Add onion and pan fry over medium high heat for 30 seconds.

  • Then add the rest of the vegetable and lychee, then pan-fry for a minute.

  • Pour in sauce mixture and meatball, then lower heat to low.

  • Allow to simmer for 4 minutes until sauce thickened and meatballs cooked through.

  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.

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Hawaiian Meatballs – Delishar | Singapore Cooking, Recipe, and Lifestyle Blog

Initially, I wanted to make some Sweet and Sour Meatballs for a quick fix meal. But when I looked into my pantry, I found a can of pineapples sitting around. So I changed my mind, and decided to try out something new but similar. I knew that anything sweet & savoury will definitely win the hearts of my little ones, and that would mean that I can save myself some effort in trying to get them to eat their food fast. 

It definitely helps when I’m serving meatballs of any kind. I mean, meatballs on its own is such fun food. The process of making meatballs is also a lot of fun for me. I usually bake my meatballs because it uses less grease, and the fat of the meat drains onto the tray as it cooks. That being said, do remember to line your baking tray for easy clean up. 

The dish turned out great! It tasted a lot like a cross between the Chinese sweet and sour, and Japanese teriyaki. Both a winning dish with the family. The sauce goes very well with steamed rice, and I love the sweetness and crunch of the peppers! 


Hawaiian Meatballs


Serves 4


  • 500 g minced beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion minced
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper cut into bite sized
  • 1/2 green pepper cut into bite sized
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple I got canned pineapple and chopped it up
  • 1 tbsp white rice vinegar
  • Corn starch slurry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Chopped coriander to garnish


  • Preheat oven to 200C.

  • Mix all the ingredient for meatball together.

  • Form meatballs about 1 1/2 inch size and place on greased baking sheet an inch apart from each other.

  • Give the meatballs a light spray of cooking oil.

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.


  • Heat cooking oil in pan over medium high heat.

  • Saute garlic and onion until onion is soft.

  • Add peppers and saute for a minute.

  • Add soy sauce, sugar, water, vinegar, and crushed pineapples.

  • Season to taste.

  • Stir in corn starch slurry to thicken sauce.

  • Add prepared meatballs, and toss to coat.

  • Remove from heat, garnish, and serve.

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Cranberries BBQ Meatballs – Delishar

Christmas is my favourite time of the year! Everyone around seems happier, are in a more giving and forgiving mood. The kids are eager to please, in order to make it to Santa’s good kids list. The malls and shopping streets are all dolled up in Christmas deco and lights, so pretty! Even coffee joints rolled out some specially created X’mas drinks to enough with lovely jingles playing in the background. 

But what gets me most excited about this time of the year is being able to spend time with friends and family. Gathering and laughing over good food and company. December is also the busiest time of the year for me. There are more assignments, events, and social gatherings. Ever since my girls joint their current school, their social calendar have been filling my plate even faster. 

That means a lot of cooking and baking that I need to do. So time is of the essence and I need food that I can prepare in a jiffy, food that I can make ahead, and food that will keep for pot lucks and parties. This is one such recipe and a real crowd pleaser at that. You can pre-make the meatballs, bake it and heat it up in the sauce before the party.

If you’re looking to cater for something healthy this festive season, visit Cookit SG and take a look at the exclusive Christmas Sets that I’ve jointly created with Cookit. Both Plant-based and Paleo sets are Sugar-free, Gluten-free, and Lactose-free. Early bird promotional price now on! 🙂

Have a very Merry Christmas my dear friends! I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as we did! 

Cranberry BBQ Meatballs


Serves 8 as an appetizer

  • 500 g Ground beef
  • 1 Egg (60g
  • 50 g Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 40g yellow onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 226 g canned cranberry sauce/jelly
  • 204 g 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Preheat oven to 200C

  • In a large bowl, add beef, egg, bread crumbs, water, onion, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

  • Use hand to mix until just combined.

  • Shape into 1 inch meatballs.

  • Bake for 15 minutes.

  • In a saucepan, break up cranberry jelly/sauce. Pour in bbq sauce.

  • Over medium heat, blend the sauce together with brown sugar.

  • When meatballs are done, add it into the sauce, and simmer on medium low heat for 10 minutes.

  • Stir in lemon juice and serve.

Do not over work your meatballs or it will get tough.

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Swedish Meatballs (Ikea Meatballs) – Delishar

“Mummy, can you make meatball pasta for me, please?”. This is what my youngest will usually request for when I asked what she would like me to make her. I usually make her favourite beef meatballs with tomato sauce. However, I’m not really a huge fan of tomato sauce, and recently my girls has been asking me to make them pasta with cream sauce.  

I needed some variation to the regular Italian beef meatballs, and as I was spring cleaning my office. I saw an Ikea catalog which led to this recipe. I have no idea why I have never tried making Ikea meatballs before. Especially when I like having it whenever we go to Ikea to shop. Perhaps I was put off by the ‘horse’ meat saga. lol.

Rest assure, there was no horse used in this recipe. This time, I served it over gluten-free organic pasta for a change. I didn’t quite like the texture of it but the husband couldn’t tell the difference, neither did the kids. 

When my girls saw what they were having for dinner, both of them went, “Mmmm! My favourite! I’m going to finish everything. Thank you, mummy!!”. Dinner that night was a breeze with the kids. The smiles and joy on their little faces make slogging in the kitchen so worthwhile. Not that I slogged at all for this recipe, quite the opposite really. You can pre-make the meatballs, keep them chilled, and cook them when you are ready.

Swedish Meatballs (Ikea Meatballs)



  • 300 g minced beef
  • 250 g minced pork
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • 1/4 cup 57g butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 480 ml beef broth
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Black pepper to taste

To serve

  • 4 servings of cooked pasta
  • Cook bacon in a cold pan over medium heat until fat rendered.

  • Then add onion to cook in bacon fat. If there’s not enough fat, add some olive oil.

  • When onion is soft and translucent, remove from heat, and allow onion and bacon to cool.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine minced pork, beef, garlic, all spice, nutmeg, egg, bread crumbs, cooled onions, bacon, and season with salt and black pepper.

  • Form meatballs into 1.5 inch balls.

  • In the same pan that you used to cook the bacon, add 1 tbsp olive oil.

  • Over medium to medium high heat, cook meatballs until brown on all sizes. You may have to do it in batches.

  • Remove, and set aside.

  • Melt butter in pan, and stir in flour. Cook until slightly brown.

  • Then slowly stir in beef broth with a wooden spoon or whisk until combined.

  • Add cream, mustard, and worcestershire sauce, and bring to a simmer.

  • Add meatballs, season with black pepper, and bring to a simmer.

  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Serve over cooked pasta, and garnish with parsley.

Adapted from Closet Cooking



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