Cooking for our son, Kayden, could get challenging for my wife and myself. As he grew older, he tends to get picky on the food served on the dining table, prefers to eat food which are much richer in taste, his favorite vegetables keep changing and he is not a fan of fish and meat. His appetite follows his baby moods strictly.

We are glad that Kayden loves to drink soup (not those creamy types) and his favorite vegetables are broccoli and bean sprouts. Today, we are cooking meatballs with corn soup for Kayden, a balanced meal for him and for us. There are 2 parts for this recipe and here are the details:


Serving size: 3 to 4 persons
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 1½ hour

Ingredients of corn soup:
1. 1 sweet corn, chop into 4-6 pieces
2. 300g pork ribs
3. 1 carrot, chop 6 pieces
4. 4 seedless red dates
5. 1 litre water
6. Salt to taste

Directions of corn soup:
1. Scald pork ribs using hot water and let it settle for 1 minute. After that, clean the pork ribs well using running tap water. Set aside in a bowl. This is part of the cleansing process of meat.
2. Boil water in a large pot, add in all ingredients except salt. Let it simmer over low heat for 1 hour.
3. Finally, add some salt for taste.

Ingredients for meatballs:
1. 300g of minced pork meatballs
2. ½ white onion, chopped into bits
3. ½ carrot, chopped into bits
4. 1 broccoli, use 3 green branches and chopped into bits.
5. 3 tablespoon of soy sauce
6. 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
7. Some white pepper.
8. 1 egg, lightly whisked

Directions of making the meatballs:
1. Combine the mince pork, chopped onions, chopped carrot, chopped broccoli, soy sauce, pepper, sesame oil and whisked egg in a bowl.
2. Mixed them well and allow the mixture to settle for 15 minutes.
3. Roll 1 tablespoonful of the mixture into a ball and set aside on a plate.
4. Repeat step 3 with the remaining mixture.

Directions of making the meatballs with corn soup:
1. After simmering the corn soup for 1 hour, add the meatballs into the hot soup.
2. Allow the meatballs to cook slowly over low heat.
3. Serve with rice, preferably pearl rice.


Serving the meatballs corn soup with pearl rice and star-shaped papaya.


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