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  1. Chinese New Year Recipe: Lion’s Head Meatballs

    January 28, 2012 by Varga László

    Gong Xi Fa Cai! 恭喜发财 !

    Ingredients (4 persons)

    • 10 dried black mushrooms (I used black trumpet / Craterellus cornucopioides but if you can find some shiitake its best)
    • 4 cups chicken stock
    • 21/2 pounds fatty ground pork
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry wine
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 3 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • ¾ cup chopped green onions
    • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
    • vegetable oil
    • 1/3 cup ginger, sliced into very thin matchsticks
    • ¾ cup dry white wine
    • 1 teaspoon vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

    Preparation method:

    1. Soak the dried mushrooms in water until softened, then rinse.
    2. Chop the ginger and 2 green onions.
    3. Combine in a bowl the pork, egg whites, green onions, minced ginger, 3 tablespoons wine, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, sesame oil, 2 teaspoons salt and pepper, mixing thoroughly.
    4. Divide the mixture into 12 parts and shape them into large meatballs.
    5. In a deep pot, add approximately 10 cm deep palm oil and heat it up. Fry the meatballs in the oil for 3 minutes, until they are deep golden brown but still raw in the centre.
    6. Chop the ginger into very thin matchsticks.
    7. In a deep pan add the soaked black mushrooms, 4 cups chicken stock, the ginger threads, the meatballs, the rest of the wine, vinegar, sugar and 1½ teaspoons salt. Simmer for approx 30 minutes.
    8. Dilute the cornstarch with a bit cold water, then add to the pot and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
    9. In the serving bowls add some Chinese cabbage leaves, then some rice or stir-fried Chinese mixed vegetables, then 2-3 meatballs with some sauce and mushrooms.