Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Suan T'ien Niu Jou Po Lo La Tzu)


I grew up in Japan, and my Mother got this recipe from some Catholic nuns there during the 50's. It's been a family favorite ever since. If you're a vegetarian, try this sauce with vegetables only. It's wonderful that way also!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons diced onion

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 6 tablespoons water

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 4 slices fresh pineapple, cut into pieces

  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into thin strips

  • ¼ carrot, thinly sliced

  • onion, cut into wedges and separated


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, cornstarch, salt, diced onion and pepper. Form into 1 inch meatballs; about 20.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs; drain fat and set aside.

  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Pour in the pineapple juice and simmer for a few minutes.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, soy sauce, vinegar and water. Stir until smooth and pour into the pineapple juice. Add the sugar and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly.

  5. Place the meatballs, pineapple pieces, green pepper, carrot and onion into the sauce mixture. Heat thoroughly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
15g Fat
38g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 599mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 54mg 269%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 370mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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