Lion's Head Meatballs

// Lion's Head Meatballs

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

12-13 mins

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A traditional Chinese dish, Lion’s Head Meatballs are often eaten during celebrations, but they’re easy enough to prepare on a regular weeknight too. Pork meatballs, infused with ginger, scallion, and sesame oil, become fluffy, light, and tender when they’re gently steamed in this flavorful broth.

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Meat, Chinese, chinese new year, ground meat, ground pork, lunar new year, meatball, meatballs, pork, Deep Dish, Shallow Dish Meat

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 6 oz (170g) ground pork
  • teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • ½ scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • ½  tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½  tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • ½  tablespoon oyster sauce
  • teaspoon five-spice powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup (50g) canned water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • cups (360ml) chicken stock
  • 1 bok choy, cut into large pieces


  1. In a bowl, mix pork, sesame oil, ginger, scallion, eggs, breadcrumbs, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, oyster sauce, five spice powder, cornstarch, and water chestnuts. Mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Divide the mixture into 5-6 minutes even portions and roll between your palms into a ball shape. Set the meatballs aside.
  3. Place the chicken stock in the Anyday dish and cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until the stock is very hot.
  4. Add the meatballs and bok choy. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If you’d like some more flavor, add soaked salted bamboo shoots into the stock and remove before adding the meatballs.
  • Add some chili flakes for a spicy alternative.

Recipe notes

  • Make this dish up to 5 days ahead of time and reheat as needed.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.