Chinese Pearl Meatballs

1
Marsha Gardner

By
@mrdick1950

When my neighbor's daughter was dedicated they had a family lunch. I prepared an 8 course Chinese meal for them. Pearl Meatballs were a big hit that day, and I made them for their family many times after that day. The daughter is now in college and I made some last fall for them to take to their tailgate.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 c
    glutinous rice, soaked for 2 hours
  • 1 lb
    ground pork
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    dry sherry
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    sesame oil
  • 4-5
    green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 can(s)
    water chestnuts, chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 large
    egg
  • ·
    fresh ginger, chopped
  • ·
    kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
  • ·
    cornstarch
  • 3-4
    dried shitake` mushrooms, optional
  • 8-10
    dried shrimp, optional
  • DIPPING SAUCE

  • 6 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    water
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp
    asian chili paste, or more to taste

How to Make Chinese Pearl Meatballs

Step-by-Step

  1. Soaked the rice for 2 hours.
    Mix the rest of the ingredients with ground pork in a mixing bowl and add 1 to 1.5 cups of water. Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Spread out the soaked riced onto a plate.
    Roll the meat into a small ball with the help of a tablespoon.
  3. Gently roll the meatball on the plate of rice to cover the meatball.
    Place onto a plate that can sit inside of the bamboo steamer.
  4. Bring 1/2 pot of water to boil and place the stacked bamboo steamer (with the plated meatballs inside) on top. Make sure there's a good seal between the pot and the steamer.
    Steam for 30 minutes.
  5. Take off the steamer from the pot and let it cool.
    Suggestion for plating: plate the meatballs on top of a bed of shredded lettuce and surround them by green broccoli or shredded green and red bell peppers.
  6. DIPPING SAUCE:
    Mix all ingredients together and serve with pearl meatballs.

Printable Recipe Card

About Chinese Pearl Meatballs

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers, Pork
Regional Style: Asian




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