Chinese Pork Ball Soup
a note on stock; form chinese cooking i make it out of uncooked bones, 
some 
wings and other 
meaty bits, and make it up as normal (skimming and not allowing to 
boil, only simmer) for forty minutes without stirring. then turn the 
heat down to the lowest simmer you can manage. add some ginger, the 
white part of spring onions (scallions in america!), garlic cloves 
you've squashed in their skins, salt and peppercorns to taste. simmer 
on your very low heat for 2-4 hours (you'll need to skim the fat off 
about twice). strain through a fine sieve or muslin, and freeze until 
you need it. i usually make a couple of stockpots full at a time and 
freeze it in ziploc bags in bowls, given that it takes *ages*. it 
makes a lovely dense, rich stock. 
 
on to the soup. this should serve about 4. 
 
 
12 oz.  bok choy, gai lan or other chinese green veggie
  2oz beanthread noodles
  6oz tinned water chestnuts (if you can get fresh, use them; you'll
  need about 10oz)
  8oz minced pork
1/2   an egg white
2 Tbsp  cold water
1 Tbsp  light soy sauce
2 tsp  dark soy sauce
1 Tbsp  rice wine
2 tsp  sesame oil
2 tsp  sugar
1 tsp  salt
1/4 tsp  freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp  cornflour
2 pint  of that stock!
 
  another glug of light soy
2 tsp  sesame oil.
 
soak the noodles for 15 minutes in water from the kettle, then drain 
well. if your water chestnuts are fresh, peel and chop them, if from 
a tin, rinse and coarsely chop. mix the pork, egg white and water by 
hand (don't use a blender; you want it light and fluffy), then add 
the water chestnuts, soy sauces, rice wine, sesame oil, sugar, salt, 
pepper and cornflour, mushing it all up with your hands. divide into 
12 parts and make into meatballs. 
 
heat your wok, add stock, turn it down to a simmer, add the meatballs 
and stir slowly. simmer for about 5 minutes, add the noodles and 
vegetables with another glug of soy sauce and cook for another 5 
minutes. now add the sesame oil and stir well. 
 
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(ID: 11683) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Mon, Jul 21, 2003


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