I’ve been enjoying cooking for myself since I moved to the U.S. Not only does cooking remind me of my culture, but it's also fun. Recently, I tried cooking Chinese pearl meatballs. This dish was named after the look - spheres coated with white sticky rice. They are easy to make and taste really good!
最近公司几个部门决定举办 International Pot Luck 活动，每个人带一道自己国家或者拿手料理，大家一起品尝各国风味。想来想去，要避开外国人不敢吃的（蚵仔煎、三色蛋再见）、做好带到公司再次加热也不会难吃的（炸物鹹酥鸡、麵条牛肉麵之类无缘了）、方便好取用（麻婆豆腐之类或汤汤水水的掰掰）、做起来不麻烦又可以吓唬歪果人，最好有点亚洲风味，种种原因考量下决定做珍珠丸子。我参考了林姓主妇的家务事以及酪梨寿司食谱，然后我再加以改良，没想到做出来满好吃的，整盘都被同事们扫光。食谱做起来也一点都没有想像中困难麻烦！（美食指南：暖心的烤马铃薯佐橙皮鼠尾草）
Chinese pearl meatballs is a traditional Cantonese dim sum dish, and it's commonly seen in Taiwan. My recipe is a based adaptation of two Taiwanese blogs (where original recipes credits go to Mrs. Lin and Avocado Sushi). This dish is usually made of ground pork but I replaced the pork with turkey to make the meatballs slightly healthier. The ground turkey that I bought is 85% lean and 15% fat. And it tasted juicy and nice just like ground pork. I brought these meatballs to an international potluck lunch at the office lately, and this dish hit the spot whenever hunger strikes. I'm happy to share the recipe and hope everyone enjoys this dish!
- 500g 鸡绞肉（85%瘦，15%肥）
- 葱绿两段 （切碎备用）
- 姜一小段 （切碎备用）
另外我怕有同事不吃猪肉，所以选了鸡绞肉。一般鸡绞肉都比较乾涩，所以我买的是 85% 瘦混 15% 肥，吃起来非常多汁，且也比猪绞肉健康（一些些）。全部拌匀后让搅拌后的材料静置三十分钟入味。接着捏成一颗颗小球，滚上沥乾的糯米即可入锅蒸。Chinese Pearl Meatballs Recipe
1/2 cup uncooked sticky rice (soaked the rice for 3 hours, drained and set aside)
1 lb ground turkey (85% lean, 15% fat)
4 mushrooms (chopped)
1 garlic (chopped)
1 inch ginger (peeled and chopped)
1 scallion with green part (chopped)
1 egg (beaten)
1 tablespoon rice wine
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Sliced carrots or 1 tablespoon goji-berry (soaked the goji-berry, drained and set aside)
Use the food processor to mince all ingredients except the sticky rice and mix with ground turkey in a ball. I don't own a processor, so I just chopped and mashed meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then let sit for 30 minutes. Grab handfuls of the mixed and form them to small balls, about 1 inch each diameter. And then roll meatballs in the sticky rice for a layer, make sure that all sides are covered with sticky rice. Place the sliced carrots on the bottom of the meatball, and steam them on high for about 20 to 30 minutes. If you don't like carrots, you can serve the rice meatballs with goji-berry on top after steaming. This recipe makes about 25 balls. I like to batch cook so I let them cool to room temperature and freeze them in smaller containers. They still taste good as the day they were made after reheating!