The addition of shiitake and beech mushrooms to these lion’s head meatballs make for a lighter and more flavorful meatball. I prefer making smaller meatballs as they are easier to serve and take less time to cook. Fresh bamboo shoot is only seasonally available, but adds another layer of umami to the soup.
It’s been a very cold California winter, so I ended up turning to this old home remedy for a cough, Steamed Rock Sugar Pear, 冰糖炖梨. This also happens to taste delicious! Great for a cold winter night. The steamed pear can be fully consumed and the juices are delicious as a warm, soothing drink for a sore throat.
These are some of the sweetest, juiciest persimmons I've ever had farmed by Dragonberry Produce in Oregon.