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  1. Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method -- -- --

  2. 1/4 cup plus one tablespoon nuocmam --

  3. fish sauce)

  4. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon potato starch

  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  6. 1 teaspoon sugar

  7. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  8. 2 pounds trimmed boneless beef hind shank

  9. 4 garlic cloves -- crushed

  10. 1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil

  11. vegetable oil -- for shaping

  12. meatballs

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preparation:

  2. 1.In a shallow dish, mix the fish sauce, potato starch, baking powder, sugar and black pepper.

  3. Slice the meat into 1/8-inch-thick pieces. Add to the marinade and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

  4. Before proceeding, transfer the meat to the freezer for 30 minutes. Work with half of the beef at a time; do not overload the work bowl.

  5. In a food processor, combine half of the beef with half of the garlic and sesame oil. Process to a completely smooth but stiff paste, about 3 minutes. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the work bowl. The completed paste should spring back to the touch.

  6. Transfer the paste to a bowl. Process the remaining beef, garlic and sesame oil the same way.

  7. Rub some vegetable oil on one hand. Grab a handful of the meat paste and close your hand into a fist, squeezing out a small portion of the mixture, about 1 teaspoon, between your thumb and index finger. Keep rolling and squeezing the same portion between your thumb and index finger until you obtain a smooth rounded ball. Scoop out the meatball with an oiled spoon. Repeat until all of the paste is used.

  8. Pour 1 inch of water into a wok or wide pot. Place a steamer rack or bamboo steamer over the water. Arrange the meatballs without crowding in a single layer on the rack. Cover and steam for 5 minutes.

  9. Serve as an appetizer with chili sauce. These beef balls can also be added to a well-seasoned beef broth, sprinkled with chopped scallions and black pepper and served as a soup (noodles may be added).

  10. NOTE: These meatballs may be frozen. Thaw them thoroughly, then steam or simmer in boiling water until just heated through.


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