Steamed Pearl Balls (珍珠丸) Recipe

Steamed Pearl Balls (珍珠丸)


  • 250g ground pork
  • 200g shrimp (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more, depending on your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons spring onions, minced
  • 3/4 cup glutinous rice (a.k.a sweet rice, sticky rice)
  • white pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

How to make Steamed Pearl Balls (珍珠丸)

  1. Soak the glutinous rice in water for at least 2 hours or over night.
  2. In a big bowl, combine the ground pork and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, toss it around.
  3. Add in the shrimp pieces (optional) and continue tossing.
  4. Mix in the sugar, potato starch, white pepper, spring onions, and sesame oil.
  5. Continue kneading and tossing until it's well mixed and elastic. Set aside.
  6. Drain the glutinous rice and add a pinch of salt and a dash of sesame oil, mix well.
  7. Shape the pork into little balls and roll them and cover them with glutinous rice.
  8. Place the meat balls 1/2-inch apart on a greased plate. Steam for 15-20 minutes.
  • theory
    theory says

    I always wondered how these were made! Thank you thank you thank you for this recipe!

  • asianstylist
    asianstylist says


  • oozzozo
    oozzozo says

    I made these.. and WOW.. thank you

  • anjelikuh
    anjelikuh says

    Glad you enjoyed them :D

  • Melchieng
    Melchieng says

    can I use the Japanese rice for this?

  • anjelikuh
    anjelikuh says

    yes! japanese rice may be used for this, they're even better!

  • anjelikuh
    anjelikuh says

    OMG, SO SORRY, i just woke up and just realized what i posted!! SORRY MELCHIENG, i'm afraid gluitinous rice is what you need for these!! Japanese rice lack the specific sticky and waxy texture that gluitinous rice has. PLEASE ignore my last message!!

  • Melchieng
    Melchieng says

    kk thanks!!

  • HungryJenny
    HungryJenny says

    Hey, how do you steam if you don't have a steamer? Cheers, would love to try these out!

  • anjelikuh
    anjelikuh says

    Yes, you can steam without a steamer. Check out martha stewart's kitchen tip here:

  • byGilles
    byGilles says

    Really it was awesome .I tried used this with chicken pieces instead of pork and I have not used shrimps.It also tastes good. It is very hygienic as it needs very less oil.

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