Dave’s Chinese pork dumpling recipe is not just an appetizer. Oh no, it’s so good, it’s what’s for dinner!
I have always been an appetizer girl. As far back as I can remember. It was a really “special” occasion when my Mom bought pizza rolls for a New Year’s treat for us kids.
It was a bit more fun and satisfying eating these little packages of flavor than having an ordinary meal. Fast forward to today, not much has changed.
I still appreciate a delicious appetizer, but fortunately, my tastes have improved. Now one of my favorite apps is the delicious dumplings of Zhengzheng Ren; our friend and former international student, from Shanghai.
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Back in 2015, when I went out to my son’s high school website in search of international hosting opportunities, the main thing on my mind was hoping to give our only son a chance to experience a sibling, of sorts.
I wanted him to be able to share family experiences and memories with someone his own age, and possibly expand his worldview as well.
Little did I know the impact it would have on all of our lives. The experience has given us so much; so much love, so much knowledge and respect for, another culture and one of its own. It has enriched all of our lives.
The fact that, in that process, we would also learn about, taste, and enjoy authentic Chinese cooking was the absolute farthest thing from my mind. But it has been just another one of the many blessings and benefits of this whole experience.
Dave has cooked for us, shared techniques, and taught us and many of our extended family how to make some of his favorite traditional foods.
This Chinese pork dumpling recipe is one of his favorites and now, one of ours too. It is wonderful and worth noting; better than the dumplings I recently ordered from a very good, local Chinese restaurant.
Ingredients for Authentic Chinese Pork Dumplings
You can buy dumpling wrappers at an Asian grocery store.
Look for the white round ones, or something similar. We have also purchased wonton wrappers at a regular American grocery store in a pinch. Dave preferred the former, but I thought they were very good too.
Be sure to purchase pork that is finely ground, and not too coarse. It should be a bit fatty also. If it is too lean, the dumplings may become too dry.
You can find Chinese celery at an Asian grocery store also. Try to find the Chinese variety to achieve the best authentic flavor.
Rinse very well and pat dry. Dave removes the leaves, but otherwise, the entire plant can be chopped up and cooked. The stalks are small, thin, and hollow, as compared to American or Western celery.
Chinese Celery may appear weaker and limp, but it will still be of good quality. It will last several days when stored in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator.
Chinese Celery has long been considered a staple in China and an aid to good digestion. It is rarely used raw.
Light soy sauce
Dark soy sauce
Chinese cooking wine
How to Wrap your Dumplings
Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of a wrapper. Now, wet one finger from the bowl of water and run it around the edge of half of the wrapper. This will soften the dough and create a sticky edge to help the wrapper seal shut.
It’s a good idea to prepare a test dumpling first before you assemble all of them. You’ll want to boil one and taste it for salt and flavor.
Adjust the filling seasonings if necessary. Once you’ve got the taste just right, go ahead and complete the dumpling folding process.
Folding Techniques for Wrappers
There are several folding methods to close a dumpling.
One method is to fold the wrapper in half, then with both hands, squeeze the edges to the center to form a zigzag in the middle, while each end seals flat. (Above photo, on left, also in the video.)
Probably, the easiest way is by literally folding the wrapper in half and sealing both sides together completely flat. (Above photo, on right)
Experiment and find the right method for your skill level. No worries. No matter which way you wrap them, they will still taste delicious!
Tips for Chinese Dumplings or Wontons
If the edges of your dumpling wrappers begin to dry out while you are perfecting your folding skills, put the wrappers in a damp paper towel in a sealed ziplock plastic bag to soften.
If you plan to make and eat the dumplings right away, line them up on parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent sticking.
Storing and Freezing Dumplings
To freeze for later use, arrange them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure none of the dumplings are touching and freeze.
After they have frozen, feel free to move them to a different type of container; ie: a freezer-safe container or a Ziploc freezer bag. You can also freeze unused dumpling wrappers in an airtight bag for future use.
Dumpling Cooking Options
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place a few dumplings in at a time. Stir gently as you go, making sure they do not stick to the pot or each other.
If cooking fresh dumplings, they are typically done when they float to the top and begin to look transparent.
If they are coming from frozen, they may need a bit longer to cook through. Approximately 2-3 minutes from fresh, 5-6 minutes from frozen. Always test a sample, to check for doneness.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat, in a large non-stick pan. Add the dumplings to the pan, spacing them out slightly. Fry for 2 minutes, then add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Steam until the water has evaporated. Remove one dumpling to check for doneness. If it looks raw, add more water to the pan and cover it again. Steam them until cooked through.
Remove the cover, increase heat to medium-high, and allow to fry for a few more minutes, until the bottoms of the dumplings are golden brown and crisp.
What to serve with Chinese Dumplings
We love just eating dumplings as the main course! Serve with soy sauce or this awesome recipe of Harry’s Delicious Dipping Sauce HERE Harry is Dave’s friend from China.
Finally, here is Dave’s delicious recipe. Enjoy!Print
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