Chinese Pearl Balls with
Orange Ginger Dipping Sauce

Chinese Pearl Balls

Chinese Pearl Balls are traditionally made with pork. These are made with chicken.


Pearl Balls

  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lite soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped, fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice

Orange-Ginger Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger


  1. Pearl Balls: Combine all ingredients except rice and dipping sauce in large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Scoop and roll meat mixture into small balls, about the size of marbles. Roll each in rice, pressing rice into meat well.
  2. Place on steamer rack; cover and steam over boiling water 25 minutes, until rice grains are tender.
  3. Serve hot or cold with Orange-Ginger Dipping Sauce.
  4. Orange-Ginger Dipping Sauce: Stir together all ingredients.
  5. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Serves: 6

Nutritional Info: Calories 164; Fat 5 g; Sat Fat 0.73 g; Mono Fat 2.4 g; Poly Fat 1.1 g; Protein 15 g; Carb 15 g; Fiber 0.9 g; Cholesterol 32 mg; Sodium 97 mg; Calcium 25 mg; Potassium 164 mg; Vitamin E 1.6 mg

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Almond Board of California

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