Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce
['1/4 cup whole milk', '1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs', '3/4 pound ground pork', '3/4 pound ground veal', '1 large egg, lightly beaten', '1/2 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and finely chopped', '1/2 teaspoon salt', '1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus 1/4 cup sprigs', '1/4 cup fresh cilantro sprigs', '5 tablespoons soy sauce', '4 teaspoons Asian sesame oil', '2 tablespoons fresh lime juice', '2 tablespoons water', '2 teaspoons sugar', 'Accompaniment: steamed white rice']
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 500°F.
Pour milk over bread crumbs in a large bowl and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add ground meat, egg, water chestnuts, salt, chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape 3 tablespoons meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a 13- by 9-inch glass baking dish. Make more meatballs with remaining mixture, arranging meatballs about 1/2 inch apart in baking dish. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir together lime juice, water, sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.
Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Stir sauce, then drizzle meatballs with 1 tablespoon sauce and sprinkle with cilantro sprigs.
Serve meatballs with remaining sauce.
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