- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Serving: 4 People
- Calories: 2075 kcal
- Carbohydrate Content: 88.71 g
- Cholesterol Content: 897 mg
- Fat Content: 112.35 g
- Fiber Content: 3.4 g
- Protein Content: 163.23 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 41.134 g
- Serving Size: 1
- Sodium Content: 3001 mg
- Sugar Content: 3.07 g
- Trans Fat Content: 0.925 g
Chinese Pearl Meatballs
Chinese pearl meatballs or rice coated meatballs is a wonderful recipe, prepared with pork for the Chinese New Year celebration. This rice coated meatball is known as zhen zhu. These delicious meatballs is easy to make and it's also a kid-friendly dish. Their soft texture makes it easy for kids to eat easily. These lightly seasoned meatballs, coated in rice, can be made with any minced meat of your choice.
Traditionally Chinese people use pork to make this dish. This pearl meatball is party appetizer. Traditionally it is made with sticky rice, and you can also use long-grain rice as I have used in this recipe. So, here is the complete recipe to make Chinese pearl meatballs at home.
Ingredients of Chinese Pearl Meatballs Recipe
- Minced boned pork shoulder - 600 gm
- Ginger root - 2 Tablespoons
- Finely chopped shallots - ½ Teaspoon
- Finely chopped fresh parsley - ½ Teaspoon
- Finely chopped fresh chives - ½ Teaspoon
- Soy sauce - ½ Teaspoon
- Beaten egg - ½
- Chili sauce - 1 Tablespoon
- Salt - 1 Teaspoon
- Pepper - 1 Teaspoon
- Long grain rice - 100 gm
How to Make Chinese Pearl Meatballs
Step 1: In a bowl, mix the pork, ginger, shallots, parsley, chives, soy sauce, egg and chilli sauce. Stir well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
Step 2: Season with salt and pepper then form into small meatballs.
Step 3: Drain the rice thoroughly in a fine sieve, shaking well to remove all the water. Spread the rice onto a clean work surface.
Step 4: Roll the meatballs in the rice to coat them evenly.
Step 5: Steam the meatballs for about 15 minutes in a Chinese bamboo steamer over a large pan or wok of boiling water. The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the meatballs.
Step 6: Serve with vegetable chop suey.
- You can also try beef, veal or chicken in place of pork.
- Rinse your hands in cold water before shaping the meatballs; otherwise they tend to stick to the bamboo steamer and breakup.