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Dumplings

July

In China, when we talk about dumplings, we’re usually referring to boiled dumplings (or shui jiao, 水饺). Not potstickers, not steamed dumplings, but boiled ones. We consider it a staple, a delicious alternative to rice and noodles. You might think boiled dumplings are not as tasty as potstickers. After all, potstickers have a nicely charred surface and crispy texture and look great, right? But to us, boiled dumplings are the ultimate comfort food that we eat every week. They’re super delicious if you make them the right way.

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dumplings

Boiled dumplings are moist and juicy. With a small bite of a dumpling, the hot and flavorful soup will drizzle from the filling. If you’ve ever tried Shanghai soup dumplings (xiao long bao, 小笼包), you know what I’m talking about. The handmade dumpling wrappers are thin, tender, and delicious. The filling is well balanced with meat and vegetable, not too greasy, nice in flavor, and comforting. Everything works perfectly together to create a fulfilling, healthy, and hearty one-dish meal.

Ingredients

(for 24 dumplings)

Tomatoes!

dumplings

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour(500 g)

  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided

  • 1 ¼ cups warm water(295 mL)

  • 2 cups red cabbage(200 g)

  • 2 cups green onion, sliced(300 g)

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 tablespoons ginger, minced

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • ½ lb ground Chicken (225 g)

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • ¾ cup mushroom, diced(55 g)

  • Lemon wedges, for serving¾ cup carrot, diced (90 g)

  • ½ lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (225 g)

DIPPING SAUCE

  • ¼ cup soy sauce (60 mL)

  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar(60 mL)

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the warm water and mix until well-combined.
2. Roll out dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth.
3. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
4. Roll out 1 piece of dough into a thin log and divide into 6 or 8 pieces, depending on the size of dumplings you want. Repeat with the remaining dough portions.
5. Lightly flour the dough pieces and roll out 1 piece into a thin circle roughly 4-inches (10 cm) in diameter.
6. Keep the dumpling wrappers separated with a small piece of parchment paper and repeat with the remaining dough.
7. Combine the cabbage, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a medium bowl and mix until well-incorporated.
8. For the pork filling, combine the ground pork with the remaining teaspoon of salt, the pepper and 1 cup (125g) of the cabbage mixture and stir until well-incorporated.
9. For the veggie filling, combine the mushrooms and carrot and microwave for 3 minutes, until soft. Add 1 cup (125g) of the cabbage mixture and stir until well-incorporated.
10. For the shrimp filling, combine the shrimp with 1 cup (125g) of the cabbage mixture and stir until well-incorporated.
11. To assemble the dumplings, add roughly 1 heaping tablespoon of filling to the center of a dumpling wrapper. With your finger, lightly coat half of the outside of the wrapper with water. Fold the moistened half of the wrapper over the filling and, using your fingers, pleat the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining fillings and wrappers.
12. Heat the oil over medium high in a large skillet and add a few dumplings, cooking them in batches. Once the bottoms of the dumplings start to brown, add a splash of water and cover with a lid. Steam for about 5 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked and the water has evaporated. Transfer the cooked dumplings to a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess moisture or grease.
13. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and pepper flakes and stir to combine. Serve the dumplings immediately with the dipping sauce.

Enjoy!

-CHEF-
XiangYun