Asian Meatballs with Spicy Rice Noodles


Asian Meatballs with Spicy Rice Noodles

Are you ready for the weekend?  I am so ready for relaxing and doing nothing.  We might go snowshoeing, but aside from that nothing is planned.  This was a crazy week with delays, and school cancellations, I am ready for it to be over.  Next weekend is my son’s birthday party, as well as another party for one of his friends (that involves a sleepover).  So I think we all need our rest now.

Asian Meatballs with Spicy Rice Noodles

One thing you know about me, if you visit here often, is I like meatballs.  I like Italian meatballs, Indian meatballs, Turkey meatballs…pretty much any kind.  So today’s recipe shouldn’t come as a shock to you.  I also tend to like things that have a little heat.  Not a lot of heat, like my husband; just enough to let you know it is there.  This can be easily adjusted to have a little or a lot of heat, so don’t be scared!

Asian Meatballs with Spicy Rice Noodles

My brother was here the other day and wanted to know what I used my Chinese 5-spice powder for.  I wasn’t sure if he didn’t think I was “worldly” enough to have jar, or if he was just looking for more ideas for himself.  This Five Spice Pork Lo Mein is the main culprit of the spice, but this is going to become a close second.  It gives the meatballs so much flavor.  Even my 7 year old was happy to have this for dinner!

Yields 4

Slightly spicy rice noodles with Asian spiced meatballs.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 Tbls Chinese 5-Spice powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 package rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbls water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbls brown sugar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro, garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix together sausage, 5-spice, garlic and grated ginger. Mix until well combined. Shape into small 1 inch meatballs. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.
  3. Cook rice noodles according to package directions.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, water, lime juice, brown sugar, fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, and olive oil. Pour into a small saucepan, and heat for a few minutes.
  5. Combine sauce with the rice noodles. Serve topped with a few meatballs, green onions and cilantro.


Adapted from Bev Cooks



  1. Love the spicy rice noodles. These flavors are right up my alley!

  2. Sounds delicious Erin! I love the combination of ingredients and of course I could never resist meatballs and noodles:) Tempting pics!

  3. This recipe is calling my name for dinner tonight! Easy, delicious, done.

    Have a great weekend! Hope you get to relax :)
    xo Jackie

  4. Yum, yum! I’m also a fan of meatballs :)

  5. Yes please, this sounds wonderful. Love the spicy rice noodles!

  6. Looks delicious!

  7. These look so scrumptious, Erin! Love this tasty twist on my usual Italian spaghetti and meatballs… This is happening, for sure!

  8. Another fantastic Asian dish.. I could eat a whole bowl of both the meatballs and the noodles. :)

  9. Yes! Love the idea of adding fresh ginger to meatballs! (I like a little bit of heat too!)

  10. I like meatballs too-I need to get more in my weekly dinners..I think I’ll start with your recipe-thanks Erin 😉

  11. love those spicy meatballs!

  12. Neat! This looks so tasty! Gonna make this a part of my week night dinner repertoire!

  13. Ooooh I think I just found tonight’s dinner!

  14. Looks tasty and easy. The spicier the better. Delish!

  15. These look wonderful and I love them combined with the flavorful noodles, I can’t ever get enough Asian.

  16. We’re on a huge meatball kick right now, I think I’ve tried five or six new recipes in just the past month :) Looks like I’m adding a seventh to the menu now…I can’t get enough of Asian flavors lately!

  17. Right up my alley these days, I’m getting more brave with Asian recipes and this looks like a good one.

  18. Snowshoeing? Im taking it spring has not sprung for you?
    These meatballs sound great! I really need to get back into some Asian themed dinners – the BF loves them.

  19. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Spicy is the way I like my noodle dishes. Delicious noodle recipe I’ve got to make. Can’t believe how cold it is still over there. hope it warms up soon for you, Erin.

  20. Love meatballs! I’ve never tried Asian ones, though. I think I’ll have to try. :)

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