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Steamed Buns with Pork Meatballs and Pickled Cucumbers

Pork Meatball Sliders Plum Sauce

These sweet and savory bites make a great appetizer or light meal. Look for steamed bao buns in Asian supermarkets or large grocery stores; they should be labeled “double buns” for the way they fold over. They’re great to have stashed in the freezer.

Serves 6 | Total Time: Less Than 15 Mins


  • Half of an English cucumber, very thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (8-ounce) package WELL CARVED™ Organic Asian Style Meatballs
  • 12 frozen double bao buns
  • Plum sauce, for brushing


  1. Combine the cucumber, scallions, vinegar, salt and red pepper flakes in a bowl and toss gently. Set aside.
  2. Cook meatballs according to package instructions. At the same time, reheat the bao buns according to package instructions (either by steaming or microwaving them).
  3. To assemble, brush the insides of the bao buns with some plum sauce and fill with a meatball (they may fit better if you cut them in half) and a few slices of pickled cucumber. Serve at once.