Asian Lion'S Head Meatball Casserole
|Water||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
|Ground pork||1 1⁄2 Pound|
|Rice wine/Dry sherry||1 Tablespoon|
|Salt||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Cornstarch||4 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Chinese cabbage||1 1⁄4 Pound (1 Head)|
|Vegetable oil||2 Tablespoon|
|Chicken broth||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Water||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Soy sauce||2 Tablespoon|
|Vegetable oil||1 Tablespoon|
Lightly crush ginger root and green onions with the broad side of a cleaver.
Soak ginger root and green onions in 1/3 cup water 15 minutes.
Chop ground pork with a cleaver 3 to 5 minutes to make a paste.
Place in a large bowl.
Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl; mix well.
Discard ginger slices and green onions and add liquid to marinade; mix well.
Pour marinade over pork paste.
Mix with your fingers and shape into a large ball.
Lightly toss ball into the bowl 3 minutes until pork mixture is very sticky.
Remove 3 large cabbage leaves and set aside.
Chop remaining cabbage into 1-1/2-inch squares.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over high heat 30 seconds.
Add cabbage squares.
Stir-fry until soft.
Remove with a slotted spatula, draining well over wok.
Place cooked cabbage in the bottom of a large casserole or baking dish to make a nest for the meatballs.
Heat 1/2 cup oil in wok over high heat 1 minute.
Reduce heat to medium.
Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water to make a paste.
Divide ground pork mixture into 4 portions.
Put a little cornstarch paste in the palm of your hand then hold 1 pork portion in your palm and shape into a large ball.
Carefully lower pork ball into hot oil with a slotted metal spoon.
Fry on all sides until lightly browned.
Remove with a slotted spoon, draining well over wok.
Place on top of cabbage.
Repeat with remaining pork portions.
Cover the four balls with 3 reserved cabbage leaves.
Add chicken broth and 3 cups water to casserole or baking dish.
Cover and simmer over low heat 3 to 4 hours until only 1-1/2 cups sauce remains.
Sprinkle with soy sauce and 1 tablespoon oil.