Jun Jiu Kau

Pearl Balls

Preparation info

    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Dim Sum Book

The Dim Sum Book

By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Published 1982

  • About

This is a beautiful-looking preparation. After the pearl balls are steamed, the kernels of glutinous rice adhering to them do indeed resemble tiny seed pearls. This is not a Cantonese dim sum but one found in Shanghai, and in Peking it would be served as a first course in a banquet.


  • 1 cup glutinous rice
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 fresh wate


  1. Wash the rice, and, in a bowl, soak it for 1 hour. Drain. In a strainer, dry the rice for 2 hours.

  2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except rice. Mix in one direction with wooden spoon or 2 pairs of chopsticks until it becomes soft, thoroughly mixed, and all ingredients stick together.