This asian fusion recipe takes an American classic and switches it up and makes it Asian with the addition of panko, soy and sambal. It is another genius Ming Tsai East meets West creation and the little one enjoyed it a great deal with rice and steamed broccoli. Of course, I left the sambal out of her meatloaf and slathered it with ketchup and that makes almost anything more palatable for kids.

I made two free form patties on a baking tray (lined with foil) and added the spicy stuff to the adult version after I formed the “kid-friendly” version. I topped the grown-up meatloaf with with a mixture of ketchup and sambal and baked for 10 minutes less than the original recipe. I also omitted the onions and garlic and that made this such an easy, quick, “only-one-bowl-dirtied dish”, “cook-itself-in-the-oven-dish”, that it will be made over and over again. Leftovers made great banh mi sandwiches, as the meatloaf was almost “pate-like”.


1/4 cup ketchup
1/8 cup plus 1 tablespoon Traditional Spicy Sambal or regular sambal (adjusted for just half a loaf – use to taste)
2 1/2 pounds ground chicken, turkey or pork (I used ground dark meat chicken)
2 tablespoons naturally brewed soy sauce
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 bacon strips (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine the half ketchup and the 1 tablespoon of sambal and set aside
2. In a large nonreactive bowl, combine the ground meat with the soy sauce, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and panko. Season with salt and pepper and, using your hand, mix well
3. Using half the mixture form a free form loaf and top with half the ketchup
4. Mix the 1/8 cup of sambal into the remaining mixture and form the “grown-up” loaf. Top with mixture of ketchup and sambal, prepared in Step 1
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes

Serves 4
Asian Meatloaf adapted from Ming Tsai

This is a guest post from our friends Simran and Stacie at a Little Yumminess. Be sure to visit their blog for more fab, kid-friendly recipes!