Lion’s Head Meatballs

The dish is aptly named after the shape of the meatballs. Lion’s head meatball is an enormously popular and famous Shanghai’nese dish, consisting of pork mince, shallots and stewed buckoy. There is another version of the meatballs, where the meatballs are not cooked in soy sauce but simply steamed and finished off in a soupy brew. My version has been cooked in soy sauce and sugar.

The star quality of the meatballs is that the meat is soft, moist, and never dry. This is achieved by using cornflour, egg and some fat from the meat. The buckoy is stewed together with the meatballs so that it soaks up all the delicious juices.

The dish is winter comfort food at its best!


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