Chicken and Chinese mushroom meatballs with vegetables and soba noodles

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So delicious! If you love the idea of lots of herbs and vegetables in your meals, and you delight in spicy Asian flavours, then please try this gorgeous one bowl meal.
In all honesty, I made it up as I went along, as I usually do.
If you’re brave enough, please do the same. Use sweetrosie’s recipe as a roadmap, and then delight in doing your own thing.
Here’s what I did.
First I made the meatballs.
Soak 4 Chinese mushrooms in boiling water and set aside.

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Into a large bowl:
500g chicken mince
1 egg
2 tbsp each, minced onion, garlic and ginger
1 cup shredded herbs of your choice. I used dandelion, coriander and mint
2 tbsp hoisin sauce or kecak manis
The soaked mushrooms, squeezed out and finely chopped
Mix together very thoroughly and shape into golf ball size balls.
It’s actually easier if you have your hot pan ready and just form the balls and drop straight into the pan.
This works best with very soft mixtures like this.
I fried the balls, on medium heat, in 2 tbsp of coconut oil.
Resist the temptation to poke and prod at them until they firm up.
While the meatballs are cooking, prepare around 4 cups of vegetables.
Your choice. Use your favourites.
I chose to use :
Broccoli
Broccoli stems
Red capsicum
Red onion
Carrot
Dandelion

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You can now also prepare your soba noodles.
The ones I used just required a quick soak in boiling water. Check the package for details. Dried ones usually require some cooking.
Everything is now just wonderful, and you’re well on your way to deliciousness.
Remove the cooked meatballs from the pan and set aside.
Stir fry your vegetables until cooked to your liking.
On top of your cooked vegetables, tip your meatballs and drained noodles. Don’t try to mix yet.
Now add your seasoning /sauce.
I used:
1/4 hot chilli sauce
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/4 cup lime juice
Here’s where you create your own bespoke, signature dish. Just think about your favourite flavours, have a rustle around the fridge and pantry, and be brave.
If it helps at all. Tasty, satisfying Asian meals often combine the following elements of flavour :
Hot
Sweet
Sour
Salty
You choose the proportion of each element, it’s your call.
Gently, gently, gently lift and toss your pan full of loveliness together before serving out into bowls.
I garnished with :
Lime cheeks
Shredded mint
Chopped peanuts
Sesame seeds

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I hope you get the chance to try my recipe or even better, make your own signature variation of this tasty dish.
It really was a treat.
Wishing you love and good food.
’till next time
sweetrosie

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