Here is another easy to fix dish that will bring something different to the dinner table. Not only is it easy to make, it is also considered to be relatively healthy because of the way it is cooked. Steaming has had a long history in Chinese cuisine while Westerners mostly utilize methods like baking, grilling and deep frying. By steaming, a lot of the nutrients are preserved without adding excessive oil or fat to the food. No wonder it is the preferred method of cooking for many people.
Some foods are good to look at but may not taste as good, while others are sinfully delicious but may not be appealing. This dish is not just attractive and delicious, but also simple to construct using a healthy method as well. I used shrimps in making this dish but other meat like minced pork or chicken can be a good substitute (steaming time has to be increased for pork and chicken). If you find pre-minced shrimp paste more convenient to use, go ahead and use it.
Ingredients to make about 10-12 shrimp balls 做十至十二個的材料:
about one pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 蝦去殼及腸
about half a cup sweet/glutinous rice 約半杯糯米
1 tbsp pork fat, diced, optional 一湯匙肥豬肉粒,或可免
1 tsp cornstarch 玉米粉
1 tsp salt 鹽
1/2 tsp sugar 糖
1 tsp rice wine 米酒
1/2 tsp white pepper 白胡椒粉
1/2 tsp sesame oil 麻油
2) Peel and devein shrimp. Blot dry with paper towel. Make shrimp paste by grinding it in a food processor, or manually chopping it with a knife. Add the diced pork fat if you're using it. Marinate the shrimp paste with seasonings and mix in one direction until it feels sticky.
3) Put about 1 tbsp of meat on your clean palm and roll into balls.
4) Roll the shrimp balls in sweet rice until they are evenly coated.
5) Brush oil on a dish and place the shrimp balls on.
Note: use water to wet hands to prevent shrimp paste from sticking.