My mum used to make these meat patties when I was growing up, and still makes them now. It’s just simple home cooking – nothing fancy – but incredibly tasty! What I also love about this dish is that it uses soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil, which are essential Chinese pantry staples, and seasonings that I always have on hand.
My mum uses pork for these patties, but you could substitute with any meat of your choice. We used to eat these meat patties with steamed rice, but you could have them with noodles, or even make larger patties for Asian-inspired burgers! I’m thinking a bao bun sandwich would be really yummy too! Instead of patties, you can, of course, also shape them into meatballs or little sausages.
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CHINESE-STYLE MEAT PATTIES
Makes 22 patties
1 kg ground pork (with about 30% fat, for juicier patties)
470g (about 2 large) onions, finely diced
1.5 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder (optional)
4 tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca flour
oil for frying
1. In a large bowl, combine meat, onions and all the seasonings. Mix well.
2. Using your hands, shape the mixture into patties. For each one, take a 1/4 cup-sized portion of meat, roughly form into a ball, and then flatten it slightly.
3. Heat up a large pan with about 3 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Place as many patties as can fit into the pan, fry for 3 to 4 minutes until browned, then flip the patties over and continue cooking until the other side is cooked/browned. Add more oil if needed. Continue cooking all the patties.
4. Remove the cooked patties onto a paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately with chilli sauce, if desired.