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Pork Ball Soup Recipe

Pork Ball Soup Recipe

Pork Ball Soup Recipe

The story behind this dish is of a filial son. Towards the end of the Ming Dynasty, there lived a man and his mother in a small seaside town in Fuzhou. His father had passed away and his mother had gone blind from crying so much after her husband died. The family was poor and the man studied and worked hard, finally landing a job in the city. One of his goals was to buy pork for his mother to enjoy. But by the time he saved enough money, his mother was old and could no longer chew pork. The man thought hard about how he could overcome this, and he began working the pork until it was really soft, finally coming up with this pork ball soup for his mother.

Ingredients :

  • Pork Balls
  • 600 g (1 lb 51/3 oz) lean pork
  • 100 g (31/2 oz) fatty pork
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.25 litres (40 fl oz / 5 cups) water
  • 2 tsp chopped spring onion or Chinese celery

Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp crisp-fried shallots

Method :

  1. Prepare the pork balls. Freeze both the lean and fatty pork until they are hard on the outside but soft enough to cut through with a knife. Cut into small cubes.
  2. Using a food processor, blend the lean and fatty pork until the mixture is fine and sticky. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the salt, sugar, pepper and baking powder and mix well.
  3. Using clean hands, gather the mixture and throw it back into the bowl. Do this 20–30 times. Set aside.
  4. Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Turn off the heat. Form small balls from the pork mixture and add to the pot of hot water.
  5. Reheat the water over low heat and cook the pork balls until they float. Remove the cooked pork balls with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  6. Return the water to the boil. Season with the salt, pepper and crisp-fried onions. Add the pork balls and cook for 2–3 minutes.
  7. Ladle the pork balls and soup into serving bowls. Garnish with spring onion or Chinese celery. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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Source :
HOME-STYLE
TAIWANESE COOKING
Family Favourites – Classic Street Foods – Popular Snacks
by : Tsung-Yun Wan

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