Pearly Meatballs (Chinese Pork Meatballs with Glutinous Rice) Recipe


Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons
  • 5 dried shitake mushrooms, reconstituted in water and minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups glutinous rice, soaked in cold water for at least 3 hours
  • A few leaves napa cabbage for lining the steamer


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together pork, salt, wine, oyster sauce, garlic, mushrooms, cilantro, egg, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. With moist hands, for meat mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in oil, then in rice so that the surface is well coated.

  2. Place meatballs on napa cabbage in steamer, and steam over high heat until both rice and meat are cooked, 7 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

bamboo steamer

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