Sunday, July 28, 2013

Square Pork Balls

If you are older or as old as i am, it is better not to make promises, either you forget to keep it or multi-tasking is harder and chores are taking too much time to complete.  Anyway, i did try posting it sometime back and somehow it was so frustrating as the whole post just vanished without a trace, all my effort for nothing but frustration.  This is not an excuse, a promise is a promise and it has to be kept however or whatever and here is how to make these Square Pork Balls.  I do not mean to confuse the name of this recipe, it is so strange, balls are always round or olive-shaped but these are square, so, since these are to eaten and not to play with, it is fine to be square, agreed?????


2 lbs  pork loin
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ACCORD (picture of packet)
2 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp white ground pepper
2 tbsp tapioca  starch
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp fish sauce


1. Wash and pat dry meat, remove all sinew and fat.  Slice into smaller pieces.

 2. Mince in a food processor till it becomes a paste by adding ice cubes as you process, to ensure the heat from the food processor does not cook the meat.  Process until a smooth blend ( If food processor is not heavy duty, try processing in 2 portions)

3. Add in sesame oil, sugar, ACCORD, baking powder and white ground pepper and pulse to combine.

4.. Mix tapioca starch, salt and fish sauce together, then pour liquid mixture to mince meat and pulse till well blended and homogeneous.

5. Cover meat with clink wrap and leave in the freezer for 30 minutes.

6. Boil water in the steamer. 

7. Prepare 2 rectangle glass containers/foil containers by greasing well with cooking oil.

8. Take out meat paste from freezer and divide between the containers and smooth the top with a wet offset spatula.  

9. Using the same spatula, cut through the meat paste to make square balls.

10. Put into steamer to steam, covered.. 

11. Steam until square balls are cooked through and no more pink.

12 .Remove from steamer and leave aside to cool.

13. Repeat the process of making the square balls in the glass container. 

14. Square balls are ready to be served in a bowl of rice noodle soup together with the Siew Cheong and Cooked Ground Pork


ivy sew said...

This looks so simple and yummy. Will try this and keep it in the fridge. So much better than the commercial ones. Thanks for sharing, Lily :)

Putputt said...

These look great! I love square meat balls. Whenever I see square beef balls at dim sum I always snag myself a tray. Yum! Thank you for the recipe!

Catherine said...

Wow!looks yummy. Lily this I must try! But can't get Accord powder here so what do I substitute it with?

lily ng said...


no ACCORD, just omit it, the taste will still be good.

Elena said...

Does the meat paste need to be beaten with an electric paddle after blending to make it bouncy? Yours really look bouncy and delicious.


lily ng said...


i have used the cake mixer paddle to mix in the liquid ingredients and introduce air to the finished product but you can skip this process if the meat is pasty enough.

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