Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

INTRODUCTION

There is nothing to shout about this simple recipe. This is a traditional Hubei cuisine that is quite common in China Chinese restaurants. Due to its round and beautiful exterior, it was prepared during big reception dinner signifying reunion and auspicious occasions. The name Pearl meatballs were used because of the glutinous rice that are stuck to the meatballs making the dish look like a pearl from afar.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

“珍珠丸子又名蓑衣丸子,是湖北(鄂)沔阳(今仙桃市)著名的汉族小吃。其风味独特、清香细嫩、鲜香可口。珍珠丸子可以直接食用,也可以蘸料搭配着吃。珍珠丸子位在沔阳三蒸之首。将糯米淘洗并用温水浸泡,然后捞出滤干。再将加了蛋清的肉茸、鱼茸、荸荠丁、香菇末搅匀,挤成肉丸,放入糯米中滚上一层米,用手轻压表面,把一部分糯米压入肉馅中。蒸制前,铺上一层菜叶,不易粘盘.”

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

It is not difficult to imagine the taste of these meatballs. It uses very common ingredient in Chinese kitchens. Personally I believed that these meatballs are in existence for so long because of its beautiful shape and unusual pairing of ingredients. But one will be surprised how glutinous rice can pair very well with meatballs.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

I have tried this at restaurants a few times but this is the first time I prepared at home. I am rather new to this too and I can’t share much with all except the recipe itself. i am not pleased with this set of images. Actually, I do not think I am able to portray the deliciousness of these white coloured meat balls. To me , image taking of white coloured dish always pose a problem to me due to my poor photography skills.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)


WHAYT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare about 20-30 meatballs depend on size

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

  • 400 grams of minced pork
  • 150 grams of glutinous rice (soaked in cold water for at least 5 hour)
  • 2 cm of ginger, minced
  • 1/2 carrot, minced
  • 5 shitake mushrooms, soaked and minced
  • 1/2 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon of light soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon of corn flour
  • Pinches of salt
  • Sugar to taste

* If preferred, you can add some water chestnuts bits or lotus roots bits to provide some crunchiness in the meatball. You can also add minced prawns to make it classier

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)


STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Clean the glutinous rice and let it soak for at least 4-5 hours.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

  • Minced all mushrooms, spring onion, carrots and ginger. Put it in a bowl, add the egg white, seasonings and corn flour, use a chopstick to stir in one direction until well combined.  Let it marinate for at least 4-5 hours in the fridge.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

  • After 5 hours, drain the glutinous rice, set aside.

  • Take some minced meat, squeeze out to become a meat balls, drop it into the glutinous rice, roll and ensure that the meatballs are evenly coated with the glutinous rice grain. Perform the same for other minced meat.

  • Steamed the meatballs at high heat for 20-25 minutes or until the glutinous rice are cooked and turns transparent. The steamer tray or plate must be greased to avoid sticking to the plate. Traditionally, certain type of leaves such as lotus leaves are used for the steaming.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

Note:

  • Instead of white glutinous rice, you can also use black glutinous rice.
  • Additional ingredients that can be considered adding to the meatballs are : water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, lotus roots, prawns or even crab meat.
  • This can be served with chilli sauce or plain.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)


CONCLUSION

The taste is just like Sio Bi but with different coating. Do give it a try if you are not confidence to wrap sio bi or siu mai.

Glutinous Rice Coated Meatballs aka Pearl Meatballs (珍珠丸子)

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