You will need
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 lb. minced pork
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon chopped water chestnuts
1 teaspoon chopped bamboo shoots
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sherry
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate
1 tablespoon cornflour
Slash tomato in 8 places not through to the base, (see photograph) and remove the middle part, put in the tomato ketchup. Mix the minced pork with egg, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, chopped ginger, salt, sherry, pepper, monosodium glutamate and cornflour. Mix well and make 20 small balls. Heat enough oil in a pan and deep fry the balls until done. Place the lettuce on serving dish and place the tomato filled with tomato ketchup in the middle of it. Place the pork meat balls around the tomato as the photograph shows. Dip each ball into tomato ketchup before eating.
Note Do not heat the oil too much in case the meat balls get brown before the meat is cooked. You must make sure the pork is cooked well.
© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968