Steamed porkballs with glutinous rice

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Glutinous rice
1 pounds Pork
1 Or
2 Scallion stalks
2 slices Fresh ginger root
1 Egg
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Sherry
1 tablespoon Water
2 teaspoons Sornstarch
1 teaspoon Sugar
½ teaspoon Salt

1. Soak glutinous rice. Drain well.

2. Mince or grind pork. Mince scallion and ginger. Beat egg and add, along with soy sauce, sherry, water, cornstarch, sugar and salt. Mix well, but do not overhandle; then form into walnut-size balls.

3. Spread soaked rice on a flat plate. Roll porkballs one at a time over rice. (The rice will adhere to and coat meat completely.) 4. Arrange porkballs on a shallow heatproof dish with ½-inch spaces between them to allow for expansion of rice.

5. Steam on a rack 1 hour (see HOW-TO SECTION). Serve with dips of soy sauce and hot Chinese mustard.

NOTE: Because the rice takes on a pearl-like translucence, this dish is also known as Pearl Balls. To prepare it in advance: Steam only 45 minutes in step 5; then cool and refrigerate. Before serving, steam 20 to 25 minutes more.

VARIATION: In step 2, add to meat mixture 2 or 3 dried shrimp (soaked in sherry), minced; or a few drops of sesame oil.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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