Today I'm going to show you how to make your dumplings look like a beautiful celestial goldfish. The celestial goldfish has bubble eyes that bulge out of its head. This dumpling is not much more difficult to make than a regular dumpling but it will have a huge impact the next time you serve dinner!
Note: I added color and some additional tips thanks to an idea from Caitlin's Dad!
Step 1: Ingredients
Won Ton Wrappers (I was pleased to find these at my local grocery store, purchase the square ones)
Filling (Today I used shrimp but you can use any ground meat)
Gather your tools:
Steamer (I have an electric one, but there are tons of types, bamboo, metal, even plastic microwaveable ones)
Food Safe Marker in orange
Step 2: Cut the Won Ton Wrapper
Cut just 5 slits on the back quarter of your wrapper. These will create the fan tail.
Cut one slit in the center of the front quarter of the wrapper. This will form the face and eyeballs.
Tip: Once you are comfortable with this process, you can cut 5 at once. Just make sure you have a dry and sharp knife.
Step 3: Add Filling and Wet Wrapper
Fill a small dish with water and use your finger to wet the edge around the "body" of the goldfish.
Step 4: Fold Up the Body
New tip added: Roll the top fin down one more time like folding a paper bag down, this will make a more stable seal.
Step 5: Create the Eyes
Using your dominant hand, drop in a green pea and then wrap that triangle around the pea. Make sure to dab some water on there to get a good seal.
Step 6: Optional Step Add Color
Step 7: Cook the Dumplings
One final step before you start to steam them, make sure to wet the tails or they will get kind of starchy looking, you want translucent, beautiful fan tails.
Finally, steam them for 12-15 minutes until they are translucent and thoroughly cooked.
Step 8: Take Out and Enjoy!
Enjoy a taste of Xian!