Lion’s Head Meatballs With Chinese Cabbage
- 1 pound bok choy, napa cabbage, or spinach leaves
- 1 to 2 medium green onions (spring onions, scallions), minced
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 large egg
- 1 pound ground pork
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry, or Shaoxing wine
- 3 tablespoons light soy sauce, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Freshly ground black pepper, or white pepper, to taste, optional
- 2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch, or flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
Steps to Make It
Wash and drain the bok choy or other greens. Cut crosswise into 3-inch strips.
Mince the ginger and green onion.
In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork.
In a medium bowl, combine the ground pork with the green onion, ginger, salt, sugar, dry sherry, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper if using, and the egg, using your fingers to mix together the ingredients thoroughly.
Add as much cornstarch as needed to make so that the mixture is not too wet, start with 3 tablespoons and then add 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Form the ground pork into 4 large meatballs. Flatten them a bit so that they are not completely round.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
When the oil is hot, add the 4 meatballs. Cook for 5 minutes until browned on the bottom. Turn and cook the other side (adjust the heat if the meatballs are cooking too quickly).
In a flameproof casserole dish or saucepan that is large enough to hold the meatballs, heat the chicken broth and 2 tablespoons soy sauce to boiling.
Add the meatballs, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
Add the bok choy to the pot, either arranging on top of the meatballs so that it steams, or placing directly in broth if there is room.
Simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and there is no pinkness in the middle.
To serve Lion’s head meatballs, serve each meatball on a small plate surrounded by the greens, or in soup bowls with some of the bok choy and broth. You can also thicken some of the broth with a cornstarch and water thickener and pour over the meatballs.
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