Nanja Wans meatballs plated with enoki mushrooms and bok choy
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Nanja Wans (Korean Chinese Meatballs)

Korean-Chinese deep-fried meatballs and vegetables in sauce
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Korean
Keyword family style, meatballs, one dish meal
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 526kcal
Author JinJoo Lee

Equipment

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 450 g ground pork (can mix beef and pork or beef only)
  • 4 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 each eggs
  • 1 tsp sea salt (Trader Joe's) - I used 3/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger grated or finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped

Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken broth or seafood broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp cooking sake or mirin
  • 2 tsp garlic chopped or sliced
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 dash sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup water (reduce to 2 Tbs for thicker sauce)

Vegetables

  • 4 green onions
  • 1/2 onion
  • 5 bok choy sliced in half
  • 1/2 bell pepper red or green
  • 3 pcs bamboo shoots canned
  • 5 dried shitake mushrooms or fresh
  • 2 king mushrooms optional
  • 1/2 enoki mushrooms
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

Prepare a vegetable tray:

  • Cut bell peppers, onion, shitake and king mushrooms into squares (1 x 1 inch). Drain bamboo shoots from can and slice them lengthwise into quarters then into thin slices. Rinse bok choy and slice them lengthwise into halves or quarters. Cut green onions 2-inch lengths. Rinse enoki mushrooms and split them into smaller bunches. Chop garlic and also slice thin few cloves. Chop ginger.

Prepare seasoning tray for sauce:

  • Measure out chicken or seafood broth, soy sauce, fish sauce, cooking wine (sake, mirin ok), chopped garlic and ginger. Some sesame oil (a swirl), sesame seeds (sprinkling).
  • In a bowl, mix ground pork, corn starch, egg, sugar, salt, black pepper and chopped garlic and ginger. It is best to mix with your hands and then form it into one giant ball then throw it down onto a cutting board 3-4 times. This way, the mixture really binds well.
  • Make meatball patties with the pork mixture from 3. Each about  2.5 inch wide and 1/3 inch thick. To make extra crispy meatballs, I found that it's best to not smooth it out. This is very easy to do as the mixture will stick to your hands anyway.
  • Heat a deep frying pan or a wok with vegetable oil to 325 - 340 °F. Or until it makes a crackling sound when you throw some salt crystals into it.
  • When oil is hot,  deep fry the meatballs in the pan until it is nicely browned. Take them out and set aside.
  • Heat up the chicken broth in the microwave so it's nice and warm. This is so the temperature won't go down too much when you add to the wok.

Let's put it together. Have ingredients ready to go next to your stove before starting.

  • Heat a wok on HIGH HEAT with 2 -3 Tbs of oil from 6 and stir fry aromatics - garlic slices, ginger and green onions. This infuses a great flavor into the oil.
  • Then add and stir fry vegetables for couple minutes on high heat. In this order: onions  -> bok choy -> bell pepper -> shitake -> king mushrooms.
  • To the vegetables, add rice wine, soy sauce, fish sauce and then WARM broth. Stir.
  • Add fried meatballs and mix lightly. Then stir  up the corn starch slurry  and add. Mix and continue to cook for another couple minutes until sauce thickens.
  • Turn off heat, drizzle sesame oil to finish. Plate and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Notes

  • RECIPE by Stephany Kim IG @cooking_visuals
  • I found the sauce to be a bit bland so I added some extra salt and soy sauce.
  • If you find the sauce to be to thin, I suggest you change the recipe for the slurry to be 1 Tbs cornstarch + 2 Tbs water (instead of 1 Tbs cornstarch for 1/3 c water) for 1 cup of broth.
  • Serve with some rice or egg fried rice, or Haepari Naengche for an awesome Korean  Chinese dinner party with friends.
  • For an easy family meal, serve with some rice, Korean yellow radish pickles (Danmuji) and Kimchi.  Basically you need something tangy and sweet to compliment this savor and hearty dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1331mg | Potassium: 3123mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 47499IU | Vitamin C: 496mg | Calcium: 1137mg | Iron: 10mg