Serves a Crowd

Pearl balls

November 22, 2009
Author Notes

I’ve dreamt about making these again and time with turkey mince, sage and chestnuts. —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Serves 4 (makes 15 - 18 balls)
  • 300 grams Minced pork
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons coriander (cilantro) stalks, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sliced spring onions
  • 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup glutinous rice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
In This Recipe
  1. Rinse the rice until the water runs clear and then soak for an hour. Remove, rinse and drain in a sieve. Spread the rice on a flat plate and pat with a paper towel to remove the excess water.
  2. Mix the pork with the water, wine, coriander, ginger, onions, salt and pepper and mix well to combine . Add the cornstarch and then mix. That's your filling all done.
  3. Using a teaspoon dipped in water, scoop up spoonfuls and roll into balls.
  4. When your meat balls are ready, roll them in the rice till they are completely coated.
  5. Prepare a steamer by lining with a damp cloth. Place the pearl balls in, about 2 cm apart
  6. Steam over high heat for half and hour
  7. Remove and serve. I served mine with a passata made with ginger and coriander, though the chinese typically serve them with soy sauce.

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For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen! Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety. Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!