Rice-Studded Meatballs

45 mins (prep 20)
16 ingredients
makes 6 main-course or 10 first-course servings
These rice-coated meatballs, commonly referred to as zhen zhu, meaning "pearls" in Chinese, are often prepared at home in New York City's Chinatown. Steaming them on lettuce leaves helps prevent them from sticking to the steamer rack. They are traditionally made with sticky rice (sometimes called sweet rice), but we've used long-grain rice, which is easier to find.

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Serving Size (83.56 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 122.72 Calories from Fat 46.08
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.12g 47.29%
Saturated Fat 2.11g 63.28%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 61.99mg 123.98%
Sodium 453.89mg 113.47%
Total Carbohydrate 3.09g 6.18%
Dietary Fiber 0.02 g 0.53%
Sugars 0.84 g %
Protein 14.9g 178.84%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 11.81mg% Iron 0.64mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
long-grain white rice, or, meatloaf, or, chinese rice wine, diced, asian sesame oil, white pepper, a, special equipment, large