A pork ball is a Chinese meatball made from finely minced pork, starch, and sometimes cuttlefish to impart a "chewy" texture and added flavour.

Pork ball
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A bowl of pork ball soup
Traditional Chinese貢丸
Simplified Chinese贡丸
Literal meaningpounded balls
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese摃丸
Simplified Chinese扛丸

Pork balls are a common part of the cuisines of Taiwan, China, and other parts of Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia in Bali and Thailand. They are particularly popular in the Taiwanese city of Hsinchu, where an annual festival is dedicated to them.[1] The name originally derives from Taiwanese: (to pound with a mallet) + (ball). However, the first character is usually rendered as (tribute, gifts) because its Mandarin pronunciation more closely matches the Taiwanese pronunciation of .

In Taiwan, pork balls are most commonly served in a soup called gongwan tang (貢丸湯; pinyin: gòngwán tāng; POJ: kòng-ôan-thng), which is essentially a clear broth topped with chopped coriander leaf and green onions. They are also served in various kinds of noodle soup, such as cart noodles and soup in Hong Kong.

In Vietnam, pork ball (thịt heo viên) may be roasted or eaten with tomato sauce.

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  1. ^ "gongwan pork ball in Festival".