Hakka Savory Meat-Stuffed Tang Yuan

Hakka Savory Meat-Stuffed Tang Yuan

Course: Entree, Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Soft and chewy glutinous rice balls are stuffed with savory ground meat and served with pork ribs and shiitake mushroom soup made with Instant Pot.
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Filling for tang yuan:

  • 100 gr ground/minced pork with some fat
  • 1 tsp cooking wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • salt small pinch
  • sugar small pinch

Soup ingredients:

  • 600 gr pork ribs cut into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms soak in warm water for 15 minutes, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp dried shrimp
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 stalk green onion finely chopped


Preparing the filling:

  • Place all ingredients for filling in a mixing bowl. Stir to mix everything. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll into about 15 small meatballs

Preparing tang yuan:

  • Place the flour in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add in water and stir with a spoon and when it's not too hot anymore, knead with your hands until you get a non-sticky dough that is soft and pliable. If it's too dry, add a bit more water, it shouldn't be too wet that it sticks to your hands or bowl
  • Work with one dough at a time while keeping the rest covered, knead the dough again. Pinch off some equal size of smaller dough and place them on a plate. Repeat with the white dough. Once you have those, take one dough and flatten with your thumb and shape it into a bowl-like, take the meatball and place in the middle of the dough. Gather all the side of the dough and shape into balls and roll them in between your palms to make it round. Place them on a clean kitchen towel and cover with another kitchen towel. Repeat with the rest of the dough

Cooking tang yuan:

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook the tang yuan until they float to the top and then scoop them up

Preparing soup (with instant pot):

  • Place the ribs, shiitake mushrooms, and dried shrimp in the insert of instant pot. Add 6 cups of water. Close the lid. Press pressure cook, high pressure and set the time to 15 minutes (12 minutes will do to, but 15 minutes make the ribs really fall off the bone soft). Do 10 minutes natural release after that. Scoop up scum if any. It's pretty minimal when I cook with instant pot. Season with salt to your taste

Preparing soup stove-top:

  • Blanch the pork ribs in boiling water for 5 minutes. Clean the pot and then place the ribs back in the pot followed by dried shrimp and shiitake mushrooms. Add 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer. Close the lid and let it cook for about 30-45 minutes or until ribs are tender. Season with salt to your taste

Putting everything together:

  • Portion out the tang yuan into an individual serving bowl. Ladle the hot soup over the tang yuan and portion out some ribs and mushrooms. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately


If you have extra ground meat, you can make them into meatballs for the soup too