The Great American Melting Pot Meatball Recipe

Tommy Leung wrote this on May 9, 2018
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I wasted many hours on Twitter this week. The internet is full of controversies and I try to stay out of them.

I have better things to do. We all do.

There are many times where I’ll write a response tweet only to discard it.

But sometimes I just have to say something.

The controversy that took me in this week was of a young woman wearing a Chinese dress to prom.

It sounds stupid just to read that sentence. Are people really making a controversy out of a prom dress?

Never underestimate the self-righteous on the internet.

The fabricated problem was that the young lady was not Chinese. And apparently wearing clothes from other cultures is no longer allowed.

Let’s note that Chinese people in China–those closest to the culture–found no problem with it. They loved that an American was wearing it.

Only selfish ingrates dislike sharing.

The Intellectual Yet Idiots (IYI) call this heinous act “Cultural Appropriation”.

The same braindead concept behind warning girls that they shouldn’t dress up as Moana for Halloween.

This line of thinking is cancer.

And I felt a sense of responsibility to speak out when people attacked this young woman for wearing a Chinese dress to prom.

I am an American of Chinese descent. She did nothing offensive. She did nothing wrong. It would be derelict of me to say nothing and let the insidious voices control the narrative.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

- Edmund Burke

Cultural Appropriation is Orwellian Doublespeak.

The ultimate solution the IYI seek to the manufactured problem of Cultural Appropriation is segregation.

And I am against racism in all forms. Especially this modern incarnation disguised as an enlightened, progressive idea.

It is actually regressive and racist.

The American Dream is not a house, 2 kids, 2 cars, and a dog.

“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The American Dream is that people from all ethnicities and backgrounds can live together peacefully while sharing in, learning from, and enjoying each other’s cultures.

An integration of ethnicities and cultures.

So I will celebrate the great melting pot that is America by sharing a mouth-watering meatball recipe that has been developed over the years through appropriation of culture after culture.

Ingredients for meatballs:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3/4 jalapeno pepper diced
  • 2 thumb-sized pieces of ginger ground or finely diced
  • 8 oz blend of Italian cheeses (pizza blend or similar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 shallots ground or finely diced
  • spices to taste: onion powder, chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper

Ingredients for guacamole:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 jalapeno pepper diced

Ingredients for rice:

  • 1 cup rice (Jasmine, Jasmati, Basmati, or whatever you like)
  • enough water for 1 cup of rice (rice cookers tend to have guides)
  • turmeric powder to color the rice yellow (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • ground pepper to taste
  • chilli powder to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • cumin powder to taste
  • coriander to taste

Cooking Directions

This is an Asian-Italian-Mexican appropriated recipe.

Combine all the rice ingredients into a rice cooker and cook as normal. Rice cookers will just do their thing. You can cook it in a pot on a stove as well.

Take all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix them together in a large mixing bowl. Roll into ping pong sized balls and lay on a roasting pan.

Heat oven to 425F degrees if you like crunchy edges or 400F degrees if don’t like burnt edges. Cook for 25 minutes.

Combine all ingredients for guacamole in a mixing bowl and either hand mix or use a hand-mixer to blend all the ingredients together.

Serve meatballs over rice with guacamole and sour cream as desired.


This dish is something I look forward to every week because it is so delicious. Small changes, experiments, or appropriations continue to be made over time.

It has never had a name but Great American Melting Pot Meatballs sounds fitting. Feel free to appropriate it and improve upon it. All I ask is that you share your appropriation so that I can enjoy the deliciousness as well.

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.