MMmmmm…Dumplings!! Who doesn’t love a dumpling?? There’s just something so comforting and wonderful about biting into one of those hot, fresh, and flavorful balls of goodness. Every time I see one in front of me, I begin salivating and anticipating what’s inside.
On Friday night, Oscar and I visited our favorite Oriental market “The Fortune Cookie” to pick up the ingredients to make Chinese dumplings and Asian-style ribs. The Fortune Cookie is an Oriental Supermarket with a great selection of spices, sauces and other items needed for Asian inspired dishes that are hard to find elsewhere. They also have seafood, fresh produce and cookware. A couple of months ago, I picked up some spoons and a bamboo steamer set and have been dying to make steamed dumplings ever since!
We ended up making our dishes on Sunday night and invited our lovely neighbors over to join us. I made steamed and pan-fried dumplings for appetizers, Oscar made Boneless Asian style ribs with Happy Rice for the entree and our neighbor friends brought over Asian beer and Saki to go with our dishes. It was an Asian feast! And the dumplings were a hit!
For dessert we had chocolate chip brownies with mocha cappucino and oreo cookie ice cream. Not very Asian but very yummy 🙂
How to Make Chinese Dumplings:
- 50 (3.5 inch square) wonton wrappers
- 1 lb ground pork
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon thinly sliced green onion
- 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons soy sauce (we use Braggs Liquid Amino as a soy sauce substitute – its all natural and low sodium)
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3-1/3 cups finely shredded cabbage
- In a large bowl, combine the pork, ginger, garlic, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg and cabbage. Stir until well mixed.
- Place 1 heaping teaspoon of pork filling onto each wonton skin. Moisten edges with water and fold edges over to form a triangle shape. Roll edges slightly to seal in filling. Set dumplings aside on a lightly floured surface until ready to cook.
- To Cook: Steam dumplings in a covered bamboo or metal steamer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
I found the recipe for making steamed pork dumplings on AllRecipes.com. You can make them steamed, pan-fried or boiled. I prefer them steamed but they are flavorful either way 🙂