Dumpling recipe

On August 2, 2012, in Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

One of the most important things in the Chinese culture is the food. It would be a sin to travel to China and not try the gastronomy so during your Chinese tour make sure that you try all the foot that you can, you never know, maybe you’ll discover your favorite food!

Meanwhile why don’t you try to do your own dumplings at your house?

Obviously the best ones you’ll try will be at China, but if you try this recipe maybe you can bring a little bit of the Chinese gastronomy at your home!

The easiest way to start to cook dumplings is buying the mass already done, if you want to do it yourself it’ll take more than an hour so it’s more convenient if you just buy it.

The filling is easy to do but it has to rest for a long time so it is better if you prepare the dumplings with a lot of time in advance!

For more or less 30 dumplings you’ll need:

  • 900gr of pork (or chicken) meat cut in small squares
  • 5 big shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 spoonful of minced spring onion
  • A spoonful and a half of sesame oil
  • A spoonful and a half of soy sauce
  • A spoonful of  cornstarch
  • 5gr of sugar
  • A bit of white pepper
  • A spoonful of freshly scratched ginger
  • 5gr of salt.

Once you have all these ingredients you just have to mix them until they become a uniform mass and let it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

After that time you can put them in the dumplings mass and fold the mass in a half circle (although there are lots of different ways to fold the dumplings so let your imagination grow free!)

Once folded you can close them applying pressure with your fingers to the corners so the mass won’t go out when you cook it.

The next part is cooking the dumplings, there are lots of ways to do it, you can either fry them in the pan with oil (they taste delicious but they are not very healthy), you can boil them in water (they will be done when they float in the surface, don’t let them a long time in the water because they’ll open very easily) or you have a third option, steam them.

For steaming it’s necessary to have an object to put on the pot with boiling water to allow the dumplings to be cooked in the steam. It may take a bit longer than the other two options but they’ll taste delicious!

While you wait to go to your first (or your next) China trip why don’t you cook some dumplings and try if you can make as delicious as in a restaurant.

Jack Li
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