Chinese Pearl Meatballs Recipe - Allrecipes.com
  • READY IN hrs

Chinese Pearl Meatballs

Recipe by  

"These tasty meatballs are easy to make. Wonderful for your Chinese New Year celebration or as an addition to a holiday buffet. Some folks dye the glutinous rice with red or green for a holiday touch. Another serving idea is to whisk together 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and garlic to taste and sprinkle over the meatballs, rice, and some steamed vegetables."

Back
Next
+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 20 meatballs Change Servings
ADVERTISEMENT
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins
  • READY IN

    2 hrs 45 mins

Directions

  1. Place the rice in a bowl with enough water to cover. Allow to soak 2 hours. Drain and pour onto a platter.
  2. 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.
  3. Line a large bamboo steamer with the cabbage leaves. Arrange the meatballs atop the cabbage leaves.
  4. 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.
Kitchen-Friendly View
ADVERTISEMENT

Reviews More Reviews

Mar 09, 2010

Excellent recipe! Tastes like the ones I get in Chinatown.

 
Apr 21, 2012

great recipe! I made this recipe without the onion (bf doesn't like onions), but everything else as written and it turned out great with good flavor. it's hard to find good Chinese food out here in Colorado, so I was glad to find this recipe so I can at least make some good Chinese at home. thanks for the recipe!

 

4 Ratings

Mar 01, 2015

I made this recipe for a Chinese Lunar New Year party and they disappeared in minutes. Everyone loved them! I didn't have fresh ginger or garlic on hand, so I used powdered. I also substituted dry sherry for Chinese rice wine, but they tasted just like the ones you get in a restaurant. I'm definitely making these again!

 

Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:
ADVERTISEMENT

Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 221 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.2 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 10.9 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 14.9 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 583 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More

About the Cook

 
ADVERTISEMENT
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Gourmet Chicken
Gourmet Chicken

We have over 150 different ways to take chicken from everyday to gourmet.

Springtime Salads
Springtime Salads

All the tenderest leaves, baby vegetables, and early fruits are ready for the picking.

Spring Sale! Only $5.99
Spring Sale! Only $5.99

Great recipes and cooking tips! For a limited time, get a year of Allrecipes Magazine for $5.99.

Related Videos

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice II

A fantastic use for leftover rice, this is one restaurant quality dish!

Chinese Pork Dumplings

See how to make authentic Hong Kong-style pork dumplings.

Chinese Pepper Steak

Beef and vegetable stir fry with sweet and savory ginger-soy sauce.

Recently Viewed Recipes

 
ADVERTISEMENT
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States