HOW TO MAKE DUMPLINGS
My absolute favourite meal is Chinese dumplings. I grew up with them as a little girl and would always request my parents to make them. Have you ever wondered how you can make dumplings at home?
Traditionally, Chinese dumplings are eaten on special occasions since meat was not affordable back in the day. Now you can enjoy it whenever you’d like!
The most difficult thing about dumplings is folding them. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to fold dumplings properly so you have dumplings that look like they were bought from the store.
It should also be noted that this recipe can be modified by simply switching the dumpling wrappers with wonton ones and presto, you have wontons.
Portion size: Enough for 4 people (or 2 really hungry ones)
Prep time: 1-2 hours (dependent on folding speed)
Cook time: 20 mins
WHAT YOU NEED
- 500lb Ground Pork
- 1 bunch of dill
- A blender
- A mixing bowl
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Sesame oil
- 2 Tsp black pepper (adjust according to preference)
- 1/4 cup of Flour (for sprinkling trays and keeping your hands form sticking to the dough)
- Trays or plates to put folded dumplings on
- Dumpling wrappers
- A small spoon (a teaspoon is good)
- A small bowl with water
- Chinese Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Chili Oil (optional)
Wash and throw the dill into a blender to get it in small pieces. My favourite blender is the Ninja Master Prep. It is hands-down the best kitchen appliance purchase I’ve ever made (aside from my rice cooker). It chops, blends, everything. I’ve made mashed potatoes and countless smoothies with it.
Combine the dill with the ground pork, soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, and any other herbs/spices you like. Mix well until it looks like the consistency in the picture.
Now we’re ready to wrap the dumplings!
HOW TO FOLD DUMPLINGS
Some people like to make the dough from scratch but it adds another hour to prep time so I tend to buy dumpling wrappers. Don’t confused dumpling and wonton wrappers. They are made from the same dough but the dumpling ones are round and the wonton ones are square. You’ll want the circle ones to fold into the dumpling shape.
Take a dumpling wrapper in your hand, use your small spoon as a measure to scoop some of the meat filling onto the dumpling wrapper and then fold the dumpling. Make sure your dumpling is sealed well or else the meat filling will come out of the wrapper when you place them in the pot. Place your folded dumpling on a tray or plate already powdered with flour to keep from sticking.
Repeat until you’ve made all the dumplings. I like to freeze some trays of dumplings to cook for another day.
If the above illustration wasn’t clear enough, try watching the video below where you see me fold two dumplings.
Drop dumplings into a pot full of boiling water. When the water comes to a boil again, pour in one cup of cold water. Repeat again. When it boils again after the second cup of cold water, the dumplings are ready. Remove and serve immediately.
For sauce, mince some garlic. Combine Chinese vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. Some people also like to add a dash of chili sauce. What you adds depends on you but I just like my sauce with chinese vinegar, soy sauce and garlic.
That’s it! Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below.