We lived in Hawaii for 11 years and thus are big fans of Asian food. Our kids grew up on dumplings and they have always been a life saver when you need to feed hungry kids quick! This was our first post and we decided on a theme: Cooking Across the Globe. Here is what we post:
“Sticking with our theme of Cooking Across the Globe 🌏 we decided to stay on the continent of Asia but head to a different country. Today we made, from scratch, Chinese Dumplings 饺子. The kids said they were some of the best dumplings they ever had! Kitchen Carlson is popping!!”
1 pound well-ground, fatty pork
1 pound Napa cabbage
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine or sherry
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon fine salt
Pinch of white pepper
1 package frozen dumpling wrappers*, OR Dumpling wrappers:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup cold water
small bowl of water
To make the pork filling:
Place the pork in a large bowl with diced cabbage, grated ginger and slice scallions. You should have a good mixture of white, light green, and dark green pieces. Add to the bowl with the pork. Add the soy sauce, cooking wine, sesame oil, salt, and pepper to the meat mixture.
To make the wrappers:
Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Slowly add water and mix with your hands. Knead the mixture until it forms a soft dough.
Place the dough on a lightly floured counter and knead until very smooth. Divide dough into 50 small, equal pieces. Flatten each piece with your hand to form a thin, round pancake, approximately 3 inches in diameter. The center should be slightly thicker than the edges.
To wrap the dumplings:
Using a spoon or chopsticks, place one heaping tablespoon of dumpling filling in the center of the dumpling wrapper. Using your fingertip, wet the outer edge of the dumpling wrapper with water. Fold up the sides of the dumpling into a half-moon shape. While holding the dumpling lengthwise, curved side up, use your index finger and thumb to pinch the edges of the dough on one side of the dumpling into “pleats,” pressing each pleat against the flat side of the dough to seal the dumpling as you go. Start at one corner of the dumpling and work your way to the center. Then work from the other corner to the center creating another three to four “pleats.” Firmly press the pleated side of the wrapper against the flat side to be sure the dumpling is completely sealed.
To cook: To cook the dumplings, gently lower them into a medium pot of boiling water.