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Pearl Balls (New Year)


What makes this appetizer stand out are the grains of glutinous rice (also called sweet or sticky rice), which turn a pearly color when cooked.













Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Sugar-Free


¾ cup glutinous rice
1 pound ground pork
1 large scallions, spring or green onions
minced (at least 3 tablespoons)
2 each water chestnuts
minced fine
1 large egg whites
1 tablespoon soy sauce, light
1 tablespoon sherry
1 tablespoon salt
1 x black pepper
to taste
1 teaspoon cornstarch
or as needed


Soak the glutinous rice in water for at least 6 to 8 hours (preferably overnight).

Drain well in a sieve or colander.

Spread out the rice on a baking sheet.

Note: Drain and spread out the rice just before making the pearl balls, so that the rice doesn't dry out too much.

Mince or grind the pork if not using ground pork.

In a large bowl, combine the pork, soy sauce, sherry, green onion, water chestnuts, salt, pepper, egg white and cornstarch.

Prepare the steamer for steaming.

Take about 1 tablespoon of the ground pork mixture and form into a ball.

Roll lightly over the glutinous rice and place on a heatproof plate.

Continue with the rest of the pork mixture, placing the balls ½-inch apart. (You will need at least 2 plates).

Place the plates in a steamer container or on a bamboo basket in a wok.

Cover and steam the pearl balls over boiling water for between 25 to 35 minutes, until they are cooked through.

Steam in two batches if needed.

Serve the pearl balls hot with soy sauce.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 56g (2.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 15256% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 796mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 1% Iron 4%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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