One thing I miss the most about living in the country is the lack of good Asian food. I have been known to drive to Sydney and back again for dumplings just for that HIT that comes from scoffing your face with sweet fillings and slippery noodles with a good chilli sauce. Store-bought frozen dumplings do just fine, but I have always wanted to have a crack at making some from scratch.
This was my first attempt – far from perfect but still bloody delicious. I used the pot sticker method which cooked them through but left a crunchy bottom… just the way I like them!
This served two of us for lunch, but you can double or triple the recipe according to how many people you have or how hungry you are!
Pork & Chive Dumplings
- 150g pork mince
- 1 bunch chives, finely sliced
- 1 knob ginger, grated
- 2-3 cloves garlic, grated
- 3-4 drops sesame oil
- 2-3 splashes oyster sauce
- 1 packet gow gee wrappers
- Rice bran oil, to shallow-fry
- Dipping sauces, chilli and coriander, to serve
- Place all the ingredients, except the wrappers and rice bran oil, into a bowl and mix to combine.
- Separate the wrappers and place them on your bench, doing a couple at a time so they won’t dry out. Place one teaspoon of mince mixture into the middle of each wrapper. Dip your finger into a glass of water and paint around outside of the wrappers to press down and seal.
- Fold the wrappers over in half, then pinch the ends to enclose, pushing out as much air as possible. This took a little practise, but really you can fold them any way you like. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube if you would like some inspiration. Repeat until all folded.
- Cover the base of a lidded fry pan with a few millimetres of rice bran oil and cook over medium-high heat. When it is hot enough, place dumplings into the pan.
- Fry dumplings for a minute or so on each side until golden, turning halfway.
- Add in about 1/2 cup boiling water from the kettle, and put a lid on. Leave lid on until all the liquid has evaporated.
- Serve with soy sauce, chilli and coriander, or any dipping sauce you like!
Beth of Baby Mac has been blogging since 2006 and made the move from the city to the country in 2010. On Baby Mac she writes about her family, life in the country, entertaining and recipes, interiors – with a good dose of humour on the side.