How to Make Chinese Dumplings (Filling and Dough) from Scratch
Chinese dumplings are one of the most widely known dishes. It is simple to make yet it packs a lot of flavor. Here is a simple recipe which comprises of the filling and dough.
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Water
- 1 pound Ground Pork
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1/8 cup Chopped Green Onions
- 9 ounces Finely Chopped Bok Choy (or any other kind of green leafy vegetable)
- 2 tsp Cooking Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Make the dough: Mix flour with water until a soft dough forms. Knead for about 5 min, or until dough becomes elastic. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes. You can make it ahead, but make sure the dough is at room temperature before you work with it.
- Make the filling: In a large bowl, mix the pork, sesame oil, ginger, bok choy and green onions. Feel free to add a pinch of salt and pepper if you wish.
- Take the dough (make sure it is at room temperature!) and knead for another minute. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece of dough into 6 inch lengthwise logs. Cut each log into 1 inch pieces.
- Roll each 1 inch piece into a circle. It should be approximately 3 inches across, depending on the thickness. Roll out all the dumpling skins.
- Take one of the dumpling skins and spoon about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture in the middle. Fold skin in half. Pinch from the middle to form two pleats in the center. Working out, make two more pleats on each side and pinch the remaining dough shut. It should look similar to the image at the top of the hub. If you prefer to make things simple, just fold the dough in half and pinch it shut so it looks like half moon.
- You now have several ways of cooking these: 1) To boil them, fill a pot with a inch of salt and stick dumplings in when the water is boiling. Let cook for 7-10 minutes. Dumplings should float to the top when it is done. 2) To steam them, put a steaming basket in a pot of boiling water (make sure it is level, you can place a small plate on top of it if need be) and line it with parchment paper or a piece of lettuce. Place dumplings on top (don't crowd them) and steam for 10 minutes. 3) To cook them like potstickers, heat a skillet until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of oil (make sure it is something neutral, like vegetable oil), making sure it is coated evenly. Place dumplings (don't crowd them) and fry them until the bottoms are golden brown. Add a half cup of water and cover skillet with lid.Cook about 7 minutes or until all the water is gone.
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