Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Chinese Chicken Broth

  2. 4 lbs 1816g / 64oz Chicken wings, backs, and necks

  3. 12 cups 2844ml Water

  4. 1 Ginger - (abt 1") - sliced

  5. 2 Green onions - cut into 4" pieces

  6. 1 Star anise

  7. Salt - to taste

  8. Meatballs and Assembly

  9. 1 Egg

  10. 1 Egg white

  11. 3/4 lb 340g / 11oz Coarsely-ground pork butt - plus

  12. 1/4 lb 113g / 4oz Ground pork belly

  13. 1 pound ground pork butt

  14. 1 tablespoon 15ml Finely-chopped fresh ginger

  15. 2 tablespoons 30ml Finely-chopped green onion

  16. 1 tablespoon 15ml Finely-hopped garlic

  17. 3 tablespoons 45ml Finely-chopped canned water chestnuts

  18. 1 tablespoon 15ml Sesame oil

  19. 1 tablespoon 15ml Soy sauce

  20. 1 tablespoon 15ml Shaoxing wine or dry sherry

  21. 1 teaspoon 5ml Salt

  22. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Freshly-ground black pepper

  23. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Baking soda

  24. 1 tablespoon 15ml Cornstarch

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Chinese Chicken Broth: Wash the chicken, place it in a 5-quart stockpot and pour in the water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 1 hour, skimming and discarding any foam.

  2. Add the ginger, green onions and star anise and simmer 1 hour without stirring.

  3. Remove the broth from the heat and let it stand about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Spoon the broth being careful not to stir up any sediment on the bottom into a strainer lined with cheesecloth that has been placed over another pot or container. Add salt to taste. Keep warm for immediate use. Leftover broth may be frozen.

  4. Meatballs And Assembly: Lightly beat together the egg and egg white. Place the ground pork in a large bowl and gently stir in the egg mixture, ginger, green onion, garlic, water chestnuts, oil, soy sauce, wine, salt, pepper, baking soda and cornstarch. Gently stir with 2 fingers in a clockwise motion. This prevents over-mixing and keeps the meatballs fluffy.

  5. Gently form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs.

  6. Fill a wok with 2 inches of water and place a bamboo steamer basket on top. Bring the water to a gentle boil on medium heat. Line the steamer basket with two layers of cheesecloth. Add the meatballs and steam for 16 to 18 minutes, until they change color and feel firm to the touch.

  7. Remove the meatballs from the steamer. To serve, place 3 or 4 meatballs and three-fourths cup broth in each of 6 small bowls.

  8. This recipe yields 6 appetizer servings.

  9. Each serving: 233 calories ; 18 grams protein; 4 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 15 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 89 mg. cholesterol; 801 mg. sodium.


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