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Beef Ball

A type of Chinese and Asian Food

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Oct 28, 2009
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I like Indonesian beefballs best! The ones in Hongkong are great too. Best kept in fridge for midnight snacks!
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Quick Tip by . October 28, 2009
I like my beef balls in pho!
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 Beef ball is a commonly cooked food in southern China and overseas Chinese communities. As the name suggests, the ball is made of beefthat has been finely pulverized. They are easily distinguishable from fish balls due to the beef balls' darker color. Another characteristic is the tiny pieces of tendon in each ball will dissolve with prolonged cooking.

Nearly all meatballs (made from pork, beef, fish, etc.) made in Asia differ significantly in texture to their counterparts with European origins. Instead of grinding and forming meats, meat used for making meatballs is pounded until the meat is more or less pulverized. This is also often the case for fillings in steamed dishes. This process is what lends a smooth texture to the meatballs. Pounding, unlike grinding, uncoils and stretches previously wound and tangled protein strands in meat and allows them to cure to a gel with heat in a similar manner as surimi.

Beef balls are commonly mixed in with wonton noodles and other fish ball noodles. It is available in traditional markets and supermarkets. Beef balls are also a popular ingredient for hot pot dishes. It has a variety of uses within Chinese cuisine.
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