Introduction: Chinese Dumplings
Running out of ideas on what to serve for appetizers? Or having a deep craving for some delicious Chinese foods? Make people go "WOW" with these Chinese dumplings which are one of the most famous appetizers in Chinese food. Today, you can make some homemade Chinese dumplings with these easy steps. The making of Chinese dumplings requires some basic cooking skills such as cutting and cooking. The total preparation and cook time for the Chinese dumplings will be around 1 hour. These delicious Chinese dumplings will definitely be worth your time as it will be a great experience of taste of a home cook dish.
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Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients
This recipe can serve up to 20 pieces of dumplings which approximately serves up to 5 people.
Ingredients for dough:
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 and half cups of water
Ingredients for stuffing:
1 pound of ground pork
Chopped of quarter of whole cabbages
20 medium shrimps
3 minced garlic
2 teaspoon of soy sauce
2 teaspoon of sesame Oil
Tools required are the basic that can be find in the kitchen.
Two big bowls
Step 2: Make the Dough
1.) Put 3 cups of all purpose flours into a bowl.
2.) Mix the flour with 1 and a half cups of water with hand.
3.) Keep mixing the batter until it forms into a round shape dough.
Step 3: Rest the Dough
1.) Once the dough is even (round shape dough), cover the dough using a wet towel.
2.) Leave the dough for 30 minutes in order to let it ferment.
Note: Wet towel on top of the dough is to retain the moisture and keep the dough moist.
Step 4: Make the Stuffing
1.) Put ground meat into another big mixing bowl.
2.) Pour all the ingredients: minced garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, sliced cabbages and shrimp into the bowl.
3.) Mix everything well either with hands or a wooden spoon.
Step 5: Make the Skin
1.) After resting the dough for 30 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl.
2.) Separate the dough into three equal portions, and roll each portion into a cylindrical shape.
3.) Cut the dough and measure it - each dough should weigh around 20 grams.
4.) Roll each round ball into a flat circular disc using the roller.
Note: Make sure the skin is thin because the dumplings taste better with thinner skin.
Step 6: Wrap the Dumplings
This is the most crucial step that will decide the outcome of your dumplings.
1.) Put a spoon of stuffing in the middle of the skin.
2.) Fold the skin in half (forming a semicircle) while making sure that none of the filling falls out.
3.) Using the tips of your thumb and index finger, pinch the skin from one side to another - these will form pleats in your dumpling.
4.) Sprinkle some flour on the dumplings before putting it on the plate to avoid the skin sticking to the plate.
Note: You can make different shapes out of your dumplings depending on your own personal preferences as long as the dumpling skin wraps all the stuffing. Be creative!
Step 7: Cook the Dumplings
There are various ways to cook the dumplings:
1.) Boil a pot of water (water should be enough to cover the dumplings).
2.) Put the dumplings into the boiling water for 6 minute or until it floats.
1.) Heat up a pan and add vegetable oil to the heated pan.
2.) Fry the dumplings with medium high heat for 6 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
Cautions: Frying pan should be warm when pouring in the oil. Do not pour oil into a highly heated pan to avoid hazardous fire.
Step 8: Ready to Serve
Congratulations! You had work through all the steps on how to make Chinese Dumplings and they are now ready to be serve. If you had enjoyed this recipe, please do not hesitate to share it to your friends and family. Do not fret if your dumplings did not turn out perfect - remember to learn from the mistakes and the more you practice the better the outcome will be. Happy cooking!