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November 7th, 2010

James Whelan Butchers competition


To tempt your taste buds with the newly published An Irish Butcher Shop, we’ve got one copy of the book to give away along with a €100 gift certificate to spend online at James Whelan Butchers and an exclusive recipe from the book just for FoodFight readers. The competition is after the recipe.


Chinese Pork Balls

Best-quality pork should be used for this recipe. Ask your butcher to mince it for you. Belly pork or shoulder will provide the fat content that will keep the result sweet and juicy.

Serves 6

  • 500 g/1 lb pork, finely minced
  • 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon sherry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper oil for deep frying

Mix together all the ingredients except the oil and, with moistened hands, shape the pork into small balls, roughly the size of a walnut. Heat the oil in a deep fryer and fry the pork balls until browned. Lift out and drain on some kitchen paper. Serve immediately with sweet and sour sauce or chilli sauce.


To win the book, leave an answer to the following question in the comments:

Thickening is provided by:

  • a) Wheat flour
  • b) Corn flour
  • c) Wheat flour

Those with the correct answer will be added to a draw and the winner will be randomly selected.

Update 15 Nov 2010: Congrats to Sean Kildunne for winning the competition.

38 Responses to “James Whelan Butchers competition”

  1. David Quaid says:

    b) Corn flour

  2. Kristin says:

    b) Corn flour

  3. Kathy says:


  4. Ken McGuire says:

    b) Corn Flour

  5. Susan says:

    b) cornflour

  6. Yvonne says:


  7. Rosie says:

    B) cornflour

  8. Suzy says:

    b) cornflour

  9. Mark says:

    B) cornflour

  10. Julie says:

    Its cornflour :)

  11. Kevin says:


  12. Mark says:

    Cornflour !

  13. Bill says:


  14. Neil says:

    B) Cornflour.

  15. Sean Kildunne says:

    b) Corn flour

  16. fergal says:

    b) cornflower

  17. Elly Parker says:


  18. Graham Villiers says:

    B) Cornflour!!

  19. Cormac says:


  20. PAT says:


  21. ger says:


  22. Sarah says:


    Book looks fabulous :)

  23. thersa says:


  24. John Henry Donovan says:

    b) Corn flour

  25. Pieter says:

    In this recipe, corn flour is used but you could also use wheat flour.

  26. Conor says:

    b) Corn flour.

  27. WebCare says:

    Answer: B) Cornflour

  28. Spaghetti Hoop says:

    b) Corn flour

  29. Aline says:

    Corn flour

  30. peter donegan says:

    corn flour

    nice one lads ;)

  31. carmel says:

    Corn flour

  32. Dana says:

    The answer is Cornflour! Those balls looks so yummy! I’m hungry now!

  33. Brownieville Girl says:

    Corn Flour

  34. Stephanie Fitzgerald says:

    Corn Flour! :)

  35. Sean Rice says:

    The answer is cornflour.

  36. Rosaleen Fitzgerald says:

    The answer is cornflour

  37. sean says:

    ill go with cornflour – seeing as the other 2 are both wheat :P

  38. Ciara says:

    b) – corn flour