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Pearl Balls – Guest Post By Weeknite Meals


Pearl Balls Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Tomorrow we’re going back to San Francisco after spending 10 days in my husband’s home in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Grandparents were very happy to see their grandchildren and they were spoiled especially by grandma.  Our children enjoyed experiencing different cultural aspects – language, food, busy city lifestyle, traffic, noise, weather… even though we go back to Japan and Taiwan every year, it still surprises me how easily children can adapt to the new environment.

As both of our parents don’t live in the US, it’ was a nice break for me and my husband as well.  We went to see a movie (MI4), had a nice long massage twice (I love Chinese massage – painful but works for my tired body!), and had a relaxing time at hair salon.  I’ve also shared some pictures on my Facebook fan page if you are interested in checking some of the food I enjoyed in Taiwan.

Before moving forward, I want to thank all my blog sitters for their amazing posts and also thank you my readers for your support and kind messages on their posts.  Now I have one last guest post to share.  My blog sitter today is Cindy (aka Jeno) of Weeknite Meals.

Unlike other guest bloggers that I’ve met through food blogging, I met Cindy in a different way.  I was introduced to her by our mutual friends because they think of us as a “food blogger”.  Cindy lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and a daughter so we haven’t actually met in person yet.  But we started to talk frequently and discuss food and family life.

Cindy started blogging about her recipes when she started to cook at home more often to save money.  What I admire about her is that she has a full time job as a business owner/web & graphics designer during the day, and she still tries hard to cook healthy meals for her family.  Her site, Weeknite Meals, features mainly Chinese and other Asian dishes that even full-time working parent can come home and prepare in a short time.  Her recipes are fool-proof as she had prepared all the recipes after her work hours.  I’m especially happy to introduce her site to all the busy moms/dads who want to feed children good meals.  You can also visit her online at FacebookPlease welcome Cindy with her traditional Chinese New Year’s dish.  I actually had this dish for the first time in Taiwan this time, and it was so delicious!  I am going to make this myself soon.

Cindy Weeknite Meals Welcome Cindy!  Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in the great State of Texas, where it’s pretty much Summer all year long. I am married to a fun and wonderful husband, we have a sassy little girl, an old sweet dog, and a mischievous bunny. I am a Graphics/Web Designer by trade, Mom/Wife 24/7.  Been known as a terrible cook for years, in fact hubby refused to eat my cooking so we resorted to eating out every single night. With the economy down turn, the beginning of 2009 I decided to start cooking at home to save money, with mad online recipe searching skills and determination, the family actually seem to enjoy what I’ve come up with, which encourage me to experiment more with cooking.

Please tell us a little bit about your blog.

I started Weeknite Meals in 2010 to keep track of recipes in case my daughter wants to learn how to cook when she’s older, also to share photos of the food we enjoy.  Most of the recipes I cook are Asian, it’s not that we don’t like non-Asian food, it’s because the few times I tried to cook non-Asian, they turned out disastrously. My blog includes recipes that I’ve tried and enjoyed, though after cooking for the past few years, lately I’ve started to modify and come up with recipes of my own, I also started to include tid bits of my life, so Foodie friends can get some insights into my life.

How do you feel about your own food blogging experience so far?

I LOVE food blogging! Well at times when I get stressed out with the design business, I do tend to disappear from the blogsphere. But the food blogging community is a super supportive one, and even when I am not posting, I am always reading.

If you can give one advice to a new food blogger, what would it be?

I am relatively new at blogging, so still learning as I go. I would suggest newbies to set up a “Foodbuzz” account, I met so many lovely people there! Instead of searching blindly on Google, the Food Buzz community has an extensive database of people with similar interests as you, which makes finding and following other bloggers much simpler.

What would you advise to a new cook or someone who wants to start cooking at home more?

Since I started cooking due to the economical downturn, saving money was a big goal. By cooking mostly Asian food, it meant most likely I had the ingredients in my pantry already. If you are starting to cook, try to build up your pantry and maybe stick with recipes from similar regions, it will make your life much easier and wallet much fatter!

Thank you Cindy! From here I will let Cindy take over and show us what she prepared. Enjoy!

Pearlball II

Hi all! This is Jeno from Weeknite Meals. I am so honored to be chosen as one of the Nami’s guest food bloggers while she’s on holiday break. I am honored to share one of my family’s old time favorite Chinese New Year’s dish: Pearl Balls! This is something we only got to eat once a year when families visit, and due to a house filled with guests,  we only got to eat a few Pearl Balls at a time. I’ve always imagined it’s a difficult dish to make, this is why a seasoned cook like my Mom would only make it once a year. Come to find out that’s not the case at all! In fact we really had a great time cooking together (Well mostly my Mom did the cooking, while I took photos), my little girl and her cousins devoured so many as their afternoon snack, and still asked for more to take home for the evening. I hope you will give this recipe a try and let me know whether you like them as much as we do!

Pearl Balls
 
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Serves: 25-30 Pearl Balls
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups of sweet rice (soak in water overnight, drain and set aside right before you are ready to prepare)
  • 1 pound ground pork (try to buy the ones with a little big more fat content so the pearl balls won't come out too dry)
  • 1 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp MSG (optional)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 6 water chestnuts, peeled, smashed then minced
Instructions
  1. Except the sweet rice, mix all other ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Grab handfuls of the mixed ingredients, pat them in your palms to make the mixture stickier.
  3. Start boiling water to prepare the steamer, layer cheese cloth on the bottom of steamer (Optional).
  4. Make meat balls, about 1 inch diameter each.
  5. Roll the meat balls in sweet rice, make sure all sides are covered. Now the meat balls should resemble beautiful pearls!
  6. Place the pearl balls into your steamer, steam on high for 20 minutes.

Enjoy as an appetizer or a side dish!

Pearl Balls III

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  • Alessandra December 21, 2011, 12:16 am

    Ciao Nami, I hope that you are safely home now :-) and I look forward to your travel posts! And even if I don’t eat meat this is a lovely guest post!
    I am in transit too now, after a few days in Singapore we are now in Germany waiting to board for Venice, and then drive up to the Dolomites. From tropical heat to snow… what a change!!

    And if you have time come and have a look at my ‘fish spa’ post!
    http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.com/2011/12/fish-spa-in-singapore.html
    Ciao
    Alessandra

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:36 am

      Alessandra, your Singapore trip looks awesome! I am too chicken to try the fish tank foot spa even though there is a place at Houston that provides the same service, sounds like the kids had a blast!

      Your books look amazing, I will visit your site more in depth very soon!

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  • Jenny December 21, 2011, 12:18 am

    that looks a real tasty treat, and the happy little girls just too divine! welcome home Nami, we’ve had fun while you’ve been away!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:39 am

      Hi Jenny, thank you for the comment! We really do enjoy the pearl balls and they are usually the first dish to get eaten up. Just revisiting those photos is making my mouth water!

      Have a good day!

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  • Sawsan@chef in disguise December 21, 2011, 12:29 am

    Thank you for introducing me to a new talented blogger Nami
    I just love the picture of the girls..so cute
    wishing you a safe trip home

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:52 am

      Hello Sawsan! Thank you for the comment, the girls were eager to dig in when I snapped the photos and they were happy with the yummy snack!

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  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) December 21, 2011, 2:37 am

    These little rice-covered balls look beautiful and tasty, Jeno! :)

    Nami, I hope you’re not too stressed with all the holiday preparation, and have time to enjoy just happiness with your family!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:53 am

      Hi Kath! Thank you for the compliment! They really are tasty and I can’t wait to make them again! Just need to replenish my sweet rice in the pantry!

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  • Sandra Simon December 21, 2011, 2:59 am

    The recipe looks interesting…will try this one soon.Thanks for this recipe.The pictures are really good.

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:55 am

      Hello Sandra! Thank you for the compliment! My Mom and I collaborated on the recipe, though she was having to do most of the work while I snapped away. I hope you will enjoy the pearl balls as much as we did! Happy Holidays!

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  • Sandra December 21, 2011, 4:56 am

    Another great guest post! Happy to hear you’ve had a fun vacation, welcome back.

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:56 am

      Thank you Sandra! I can’t wait for Nami to come back also, start to miss Japanese cooking very much!

      Merry Christmas!

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  • Belinda @zomppa December 21, 2011, 5:09 am

    Love these! Sweet rice is so good. Impressive – from no cooking to wizardry!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:58 am

      Hi Belinda! Thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate it! Though I am really not at the wizard level quite yet, maybe in another couple of years! :)

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz December 21, 2011, 5:32 am

    Have a good trip back Nami and family. This is a pretty recipe and I adore water chestnuts so it grabbed my attention. That first pic is so 1950s lol

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:01 am

      Hahahahah Evelyne, I love what you said about the photo looking 1950s! My Mom pulled out her pretty apron that’s not been used (that she bought from San Fran from a trip years ago) and we snapped away…

      The water chestnuts added a wonderful crunch to the finished pearl balls, I hope you will give the recipe a try and let me know how you like it. Happy Holidays!

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  • Liz December 21, 2011, 5:33 am

    So nice to meet Cindy and discover a new blog…I love your pearl balls! They sound delicious!!!! Welcome home, Nami! xo

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:03 am

      Nice meeting you Liz! All this talk of pearl balls and revisiting the photo is making me crave them! Thank you for visiting and Happy Holidays!

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  • Charles December 21, 2011, 5:59 am

    These look too cute, and you know what – I’ve never seen a water chestnut in it’s shell before :D I never knew they looked… like *that*. Sounds dumb maybe :D Beautiful dish, and a great guest post – thanks for sharing the recipe Cindy :)

    Have a safe trip Nami!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:06 am

      Thank you Charles for your kind words! It’s not dumb at all to have not seen chestnuts in all their glory, I am learning so much about food on a daily basis just by reading blogs, amazing what interesting food items are available out there in the world!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • ちびか〜ちゃん December 21, 2011, 6:13 am

    おはようございます
    友達の紹介ありがとうございます!

    ライスボール、、とっても美味しそうです
    アジア系の料理って、ほんとに手が込んでて、味も素晴らしいですよね
    アジア人で良かったといつも実感します

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:10 am

      Hi ちびか! I went to Google translate to “read” your comments. If I am not mistaken, you mentioned the dish can be tricky. I totally thought the same, but after practicing with my Mom, I’ve realized other than soaking the sweet rice in water the night before, and peeling the water chestnuts, the recipe is actually quite simple. The end result is totally worth it! Happy Holidays!

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  • Suzi December 21, 2011, 6:43 am

    Wonderful guest post and nice to meet you Cindy. That rice on the spoon looks so perfect. Looks totally delicious.

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:12 am

      Thank you Suzi for the compliment! Rolling the meatballs onto the rice in a flat dish made them look “perfect”, I am looking forward to making them again for Chinese new year coming up, hope you will give the recipe a try also!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Eri December 21, 2011, 6:48 am

    Never heard of these Pearl balls before, I love chestnuts in any way, they must be delicious! I love the cute and smiling little faces in the last photo!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:13 am

      Thank you Eri! The girls were so excited about the pearl balls, they were willing to pose for photos because they knew snack time was next! I was not a big fan of chestnuts, but in this dish they added the interesting crunchy element which really pulled the whole thing together!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • A_Boleyn December 21, 2011, 7:01 am

    Welcome, Jeno, and thank you for a very interesting dish. And thank YOU for finding such a great variety of guest bloggers to keep us on our toes while you’re away, Nami.

    I believe I’ve seen a similar recipe referred to as porcupine rice balls in my recipe explorations of other cuisines. I’m curious as to the nature of ‘sweet rice’. Is it glutinous rice? I often shop in chinese or vietnamese grocery stores and sometime find a language barrier as I don’t know what I’m asking for in chinese and they don’t understand what I’m saying in english. :) One day I hope to replace my wok and get a steamer that I can use with it so I can try making some of my favourite dim sum dishes.

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  • Claudia December 21, 2011, 8:18 am

    What a lovely change from my everyday pasta cooking or meat and vegetables. Wishing you safe travel during this hectic travel time and wishing me a winter that is like Texas!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:23 am

      Thank you Claudia! I am sure hubby would welcome a change of Pasta on some nights in our household!

      We are experiencing some cool weather at Houston right now, but if you ask me it’s just not quite cold enough to feel “Christmas-y”, Hope you are enjoying the holidays and have a great Christmas!

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  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 8:20 am

    Hello A_Boleyn! Yes you are absolutely correct, sweet rice is glutinous rice, also called sticky rice. Chinese people use them for a lot of dessert dishes, they have higher starch content and stick better. I understand your pain with shopping in Asian markets, I see that happen from time to time, and when I am able to assist I would usually chime in to resolve the dilemma… :)

    I don’t actually have the steamer shown in the photo, anytime I work on dishes that require steaming, the good old American steamer comes out and does a great job, hope you will make that investment soon (or maybe Santa will give that as a gift this year?) Happy Holidays!

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  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb December 21, 2011, 9:23 am

    Thats a realy interessting recipe and way of preparing chestnuts. We eat those a lots at this time of the year in austria, but we simply peal them and eat them just like that. Very nice guestpost cindy. I am glad I found u over nami. =)

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 12:19 pm

      Hi Helene! I had no idea people from Austria eat Pearl Balls also, that’s so interesting! Thank you so much for the compliments, I am so glad to have met you through Nami’s blog also!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Reem | Simply Reem December 21, 2011, 9:43 am

    Beautiful!!!!
    Thanks for introducing Cindy to us, what a talented blogger and what a delicious recipe.
    Love the pics of the girls…. SO Cute!!!

    I had been down with flu so missed ur last 2 post will go to them now.
    Hope you have reached safely, can’t wait to hear about ur fun trip….

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 12:20 pm

      Hi Reem! Thank you for the compliment, sorry to hear about the flu, but hopefully you are recovering nicely, drinks lots of hot chicken soup and take good care of your self, you should feel 100% by Christmas!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Sharon | ChineseSoupPot.com December 21, 2011, 9:48 am

    Have a safe trip back Nami! I envy the long massages and delicious food you’ve been feasting on for the past 10 days!! =) And thanks for introducing Jeno here. Her pearl ball recipe looks so simple and easy to make. It’s like making a meatball with chestnut chunks rolled with rice on the outside. These are delicious and I’ve had them before in restaurants. Now, I can try making this at home too!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 12:22 pm

      Hi Sharon, you are totally right, the Pearl Balls are super easy to make, I am glad my Mom finally gave me the recipe and I am able to share with you all!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Sissi December 21, 2011, 9:54 am

    Jeno, congratulations for this fascinating post and extraordinary photos! I cannot take my eyes off the first one and you are so beautiful on your profile photo! Not to mention the last cute picture!
    I cannot believe you started to cook only in 2009! (I must have missed this detail on your blog!). Your dishes are always appealing and sometimes very complex.
    At first I was afraid it would be a sweet dish (I am not a big fan of rice with sugar), but now that I see this is a savoury dish and with my beloved pork, you can be sure to find it on my blog soon! I hope you don’t mind me stealing it. I shouldn’t say this, but this is my favourite guest-posted recipe on Nami’s blog!
    Nami, thank you for asking Jeno to blog sit for you! I love Jeno’s blog and her recipe is sensational!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 12:33 pm

      Hi Sissi! Oh my goodness, I am so humbled by your compliments! Like I said on the my blog, cooking is fun but I am still learning everyday, hoping to get more consistent in the new year… Yes this is definitely a savory dish, It would be my honor for you to “steal” it, and I truly hope you enjoys the Pearl Balls!

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  • Cucina49 December 21, 2011, 11:34 am

    I’m so glad you had a good trip. Looking forward to seeing your posts when you return, but this is a great guest post–I would love those for an appetizer.

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 12:35 pm

      Hi Cucina49! Thank you for visiting, I would love to have a plate of those pearl balls right now also! :)

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Delishhh December 21, 2011, 11:57 am

    Thanks for the intro to a new blogger – these looks wonderful!

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  • balvinder December 21, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I am glad that you had wonderful time. The pearl balls look good. Those pretty girls are waiting to pop them in their mouth.

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 12:41 pm

      Hi Balvinder, thank you for the compliments, the girls popped those pearl balls in their tummy in no time and begged for more!

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  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 12:34 pm

    Hi Kristen! Thank you for the compliment! The girls finished the whole plate in record time then begged grandma for more, it was hilarious!

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  • Melanie @ Melanie Cooks December 21, 2011, 12:41 pm

    When I saw the picture on top, I thought those balls were a sweet dessert. Could never guess they have meat in them :) Very interesting recipe!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 1:04 pm

      Hi Melanie! That’s interesting you think the Pearl Balls would be a sweet dessert, I never though of them that way because we grew up eating them, but it does make a lot of sense. Maybe there’s a way that I can develop a recipe for Sweet Pearl Balls!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Sylvia@peachesanddonuts December 21, 2011, 2:11 pm

    I hope you have a good trip home and thanks for introducing the very talented Jeno to us. Will definitely be keeping up to date with her blog! :)

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 3:08 pm

      Hi Sylvia! Thank you for your kind words! I am excited to have met all your lovely folks today on Nami’s blog, it’s been an exciting day!

      Merry Christmas!

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  • Cassie December 21, 2011, 4:54 pm

    I would LOVE these! The whole thing sounds great and I love that they are “bite size”. I hope your trip was great. Thanks for sharing so many great bloggers, Nami!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 21, 2011, 7:03 pm

      Hi Cassie! Thank you for your kind words! The pearl balls are definitely bite size, and I can eat about a dozen in one setting, which is probably not healthy, considering they are just appetizers! Hope you have a great Holiday!

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  • Elies_Lie December 22, 2011, 3:09 am

    Hi nami :0
    glad to hear that u and ur child have a wanderful time in Taiwan :)
    tq for introducing us to cindy… Hi cindy! very nice to meet u…
    tq for sharing this easy and delish recipe to us ;)
    here in Indonesia, we have the similar chinese dish called “bacang” the ingredients most of the same but we wrap the rice ball in a leaf :)

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 12:50 pm

      Hi Elies! Oh Bacang sounds delicious! Do you steam it and are the leaves eatable?

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 22, 2011, 5:15 am

    Hello Nami and Jeno :) Thanks for sharing this great recipe! My parents only like Chinese food but i dun think i’ve ever had these pearl balls ~ definitely gotta try soon hehe!

    Nami – I didn’t know you were in Kaohsiung too what a small world! I had such a great time I love all the food and liu he night market ~

    Jeno – Nice to meet you! I’m gonna follow your blow from now on, my boyfriend is getting sick of the non-Asian food i keep making hahaha

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 12:52 pm

      Hi Daisy! Nice meeting you also! I am so excited that you are thinking of trying this recipe. That’s funny your boyfriend is getting tired of the non-Asian food, my husband is the opposite, since I such at cooking non-Asian food!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan December 22, 2011, 5:52 am

    Dear Jeno,

    These pearl balls look really delicious and I think they would be great as canapes for my next home party. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 12:54 pm

      Hi Chopin! Thank you for the compliments! I would be honored if you try this recipe at your next party, they are always a hit at my Mom’s Chinese New Year celebrations!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • wok with ray December 22, 2011, 8:12 am

    What a nice way to recap with a nice finale post by Cindy. Thank you, Cindy for sharing this simple yet delicious looking dish that I’m sure has the “wow and ahh” factor when served. Nami, thank you for introducing us to Cindy and to all of your wonderful guest foodies that I am now following.

    Happy Holidays to all!

    ~ ray ~

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 12:55 pm

      Thank you so much Ray for your kind words! I am thrilled at the opportunity to “meet” you fine folks and can’t wait to visit your blog very soon!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 22, 2011, 11:09 am

    What a delicious dish Cindi.

    Nami glad you all are coming back I was missing your posts.

    It is terrific that you have had such a wonderful time. Have a safe trip back.

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 12:56 pm

      Thank you Rachel, I appreciate you visiting my blog sitting post! Have a happy holiday!

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  • Food Jaunts December 22, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Hey these are great! I’m making a crown roast and sticky rice stuffing for Christmas, but I’m thinking I also need to make these as another option. I bet my family would love them

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 12:58 pm

      Hi Food Jaunts! What is a crown roast? It sound fabulous and complicated! If you do decide to make the pearl balls as a side dish, please let me know how you and your guests like them!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Cooking Gallery December 22, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Hi Cindy, glad to see you in Nami’s blog :)! I love pearl balls and I even tried making them myself a few years ago but they didn’t turn out very well. I should give it another go with your recipe, because your pearl balls looks incredibly delicious :). Thanks for the recipe, Cindy :)

    Hi Nami, so happy that you’ll be back to SF and return to blogging again :). Your blog sitters are fantastic, but I miss your posts too :)! Chat you later :)!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 12:59 pm

      Hi CG!!! I am a little nervous now hearing your first attempt at pearl balls didn’t turn out to your liking, I know you are a fabulous and meticulous cook, so that worries me a bit. If you do give this recipe a try, please let me know how you like it!

      Happy Holidays!

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  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake December 22, 2011, 5:30 pm

    I used to eat these at home all the time and I love them! Although mine never looked as neat and pretty as yours. :D

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 22, 2011, 9:27 pm

      Hi Jenny, Thank you for the compliment! I am sure your Pearl Balls were tasty, I always believe taste first, looks second! Happy Holidays!

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  • Terris-Free Eats Food December 22, 2011, 9:51 pm

    These look so delicious and I know they would be a hit with my kids too! Thank you for sharing a recipe and I really appreciate all the detailed photos.

    Hi to Nami too! Looking forward to having you back, but your blog sitters did an awesome job! :)

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 23, 2011, 9:08 am

      Hi Terris, thank you so much for the compliments! These pearl balls are usually the hit of the party, if you do make them please let me know how you and your loved ones like them!

      Merry Christmas!

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  • easyfoodsmith December 22, 2011, 10:36 pm

    These look lovely and the look on the kids face says it all…they seem to be eagerly waiting to devour them!
    Hi Nami, really enjoyed all the guest posts on your blog…however it will be nice to see you in action again :-)

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 23, 2011, 9:09 am

      Hello Smith! The girls pounced on those pearl balls as soon as I took that photo, 1 even accused another for taking an extra one so my Mom ended up giving them more from the steamer, it was a riot!
      Happy Holidays!

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  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen December 23, 2011, 12:18 am

    This last guest post is savory and delicious! Great recipe, great food blogger: glad to meet you, Cindy!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 23, 2011, 10:14 am

      Hi Giulietta! Thank you for the compliments! Nice meeting you also, though truly I have been following your blog for quite some time already! Happy holidays!

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  • Sandra's Easy Cooking December 24, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Great Guest post Nami, Love to know new bloggers..and Jeno, nice to meet you! Your Pearl Balls look very interesting, and tempting!!!
    Wish you both Happy Holidays!!!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 25, 2011, 8:34 am

      Hi Sandra! Thank you so much for your kind words, I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now, and it’s always exciting to hear from a popular foodie!

      Merry Christmas!

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  • Lori Lynn December 24, 2011, 7:05 pm

    Hi Jeno – nice to be introduced to you. Your pearl balls sound fabulous, they would disappear in a second around here. Your pics are great. Happy holidays!
    LL

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 25, 2011, 8:43 am

      Hi Lori Lynn! Thank you for your kind words! Please do let me know how you like the pearl balls if you decide to give the recipe a try! Merry Christmas!

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  • Katherine Martinelli December 25, 2011, 11:58 am

    What a fabulous recipe and guest post!! Happy holidays to all!

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  • Shirley December 25, 2011, 6:49 pm

    I’ve been looking for more uses for sticky sweet rice other than nuo mi fan. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 27, 2011, 10:08 pm

      Hi Shirley! I hope you will enjoy this new use of sticky rice! Happy New Year!

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  • Lyn December 26, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Beautiful guest post of these awesome pearl balls, Jeno! :D
    Now that Christmas is over and Chinese New Year is less than a month away, I’d love to try making these pearl balls to impress my parents and parents-in-law! I’m sure they will like it very much! ;)

    Welcome back, Nami! You and your family must had an enjoyable holiday in Taiwan! How I wish to be there next time to try out all the delicious food! YUMS! ;)

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 27, 2011, 10:09 pm

      Hi Lyn! Thank you so much!

      Please do let me know how your parents and parents in law like the Pearl balls, my mouth is watering just thinking about eating them soon!

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  • Loveforfood December 27, 2011, 8:50 am

    Thanks for sharing another great recipe

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  • mjskit December 27, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Jeno, these look fabulous! It was great getting to know you through this post. Now I can’t wait to check out your blog!
    Have a safe trip home Nami!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 27, 2011, 10:11 pm

      Thank you so much MJ! Just went to your blog and liked your FB page, what fab photos! Can’t wait to read more!

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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com December 27, 2011, 9:51 pm

    Welcome home, Nami :)

    Enjoy this guest post, Cindy. I’ve never had pearl balls before. This looks so delicious :)

    Happy New Year!!!

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    • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 27, 2011, 10:11 pm

      Hi Kiran! Thank you for the comment, I look forward to seeing more of you also! Happy New Year!

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  • Shu Han December 28, 2011, 4:07 pm

    wow these look gorgeous! and I just love their name. pearl balls. how can you resist them! they sound so auspicious, perfect for special occasions. my only problem with this would be that they probably will be gone twice as fast as it takes to make them haha.

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  • Liliana Tan December 31, 2011, 2:11 am

    Hi Jeno, I just tried your recipe. It’s awesome! Very tasty and easy to make. Hopefully you will always come up with easy and quick-to-prepare recipes, so I can eat at home more often. Thanks Jeno. Thanks Nami.

    Happy New Year to both of you and your loved ones!

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  • Magic of Spice December 31, 2011, 11:32 am

    Hi Jeno, these are fantastic and I would love to try them :)
    Have a safe trip home Nami!

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  • Shannon | JustAsDelish January 4, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I’ve never had these before and I think they would be perfect for Chinese New Year feast. Can’t wait to try them out and I have find a helper to peel the water chestnut :P
    Nice to meet you Jeno!

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  • Viki December 29, 2012, 11:04 am

    You have a really lovely apron!

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    • Nami December 30, 2012, 11:30 pm

      Hi Viki! I’ll let Cindy know you liked the apron! Her mom not only has a cute apron, but she’s an excellent home cook as well. :)

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  • Yuko November 5, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Have you ever tried making these in a rice cooker? Curious as to if it would work…..Not sure if my steamer is big enough :)

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    • Nami November 7, 2013, 12:13 am

      Yuko, if your rice cooker has a steamer option, I think it will work. :)

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