Chinese Pearl Meatballs Recipe


1/2 cup uncooked glutinous (sticky) white rice, rinsed
2/3 pound ground pork
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash ground black pepper
2 leaves Chinese cabbage


Place the rice in a bowl with enough water to cover. Allow to soak 2 hours. Drain and pour onto a platter.

Mix the ground pork, water, wine, cornstarch, soy sauce, onion, ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl until all ingredients are evenly mixed. Divide and roll the mixture into balls 1-1/2 to 2 inches in size. Roll the meatballs in the soaked glutinous rice to coat completely.

Line a large bamboo steamer with the cabbage leaves. Arrange the meatballs atop the cabbage leaves.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat; place a bamboo steamer over the boiling water. Steam the meatballs until no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes.