>> Thursday, May 31, 2012
We were looking for an interesting way to use up leftover pork roast, the last of some Napa cabbage, and half a can of water chestnuts. When we passed a display of dumpling wrappers in the store, Joe and I started drooling like Pavlov's dogs.
These dumplings are not hard to make, but it does help to dust your assembly board with a little cornstarch to keep them from sticking to the board.
For the filling1 1/2 cups cooked minced pork, or 1/2 pound raw ground pork
2 tbsp. raw ginger, grated
2 cups Napa or Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chives or green onions, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, grated
1/2 cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 package of small round dumpling wrappers
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil
For the dipping sauce2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp honey
InstructionsTo start, the cabbage and carrots must be treated so that the excess water is removed - otherwise, the dumplings will be soggy and pasty. Put the cabbage and carrots into a bowl and sprinkle them with salt. Add water to cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.
If using ground pork, crumble it into a pan and brown it completely. Drain off the fat and set it in a large mixing bowl.
Drain the carrot/cabbage mixture and squeeze dry. Add this to the pork. Stir in the rest of the filling ingredients and mix well.
Prepare a small bowl of lukewarm water. Set one wrapper onto a clean cutting board or surface. Dip your fingers into the water and then wipe the water onto the wrapper, dampening the entire side. Place 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and pinch the ends together in the middle. Dip your fingers into the water and pinch the opening closed so that the edges stick together. Use a fork to press dents around the edge so the wrappers stay closed.
Heat a non-stick frying pan and pour in the oil. Put the finished dumplings, seam side up, into the pan. Add 1 cup of warm water and put a lid on the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, adding more water if the pan dries out completely. Remove from heat and serve when the dumplings are golden brown on the bottom.
Stir together the dipping sauce ingredients and serve it in individual bowls.
When we made this recipe, we made enough dumplings for two or more meals. We put half of them onto a greased cookie sheet and froze them for several hours, then put them in a freezer bag to eat later.
Makes approximately 30 dumplings.