Dumpling Day Collaboration

A tray of homemade dumplings

Making Dumplings with a Friend is the Best Way to Learn

So many cultures have a dish that requires an amount of dough or other such wrapper to encase a filling of some sort. The Italians have ravioli, the Turks have Manti, the Greeks have spanikopita or dolmades, Ukranians have Varenyky, Polish have Perogies, the Russians have Pelmeni. And I haven’t even scratched the surface, think about all the Asian countries and their dumpling styles. Mmmm so versatile and delicious…I think it’s dumplings that make the world go around!

I’ve been wanting to learn how to make dumplings for a long time now. Sure, I’ve tried my hand at making perogies and they were okay (is there someone out there that wants to have a perogy making party?) but a true Asian style dumpling required me to learn from someone who absolutely knew what they were doing. Through the wonderful world of blogging I’ve had the opportunity to meet many like minded people willing to share knowledge and food related encouragement. When I got the invite to go make dumplings at The Office Broccoli’s house there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity!

I arrived at her house shortly after ten on Sunday morning and we got down to business right after we made tea. TOB handed me the vegetables to chop, one after the other while she got the rest of the ingredients displayed out on her counter. When I was done with the carrots, white onion, spring onion, mushrooms, and napa cabbage, she had the meat, eggs, and seasonings ready to go.

There's no substitute for homemade dumplings! Follow my instructions and make your own today. #dumplings #appetizers #appysThe glass bowl on the left has the regular seasonings and the stainless steel bowl on the right will become the curry filling.There's no substitute for homemade dumplings! Follow my instructions and make your own today. #dumplings #appetizers #appysDumpling filling stations at the ready!TOB demonstrates her perfect techniqueThere's no substitute for homemade dumplings! Follow my instructions and make your own today. #dumplings #appetizers #appysSo many perfect dumplings…like little soldiers!

After we had each made a tray, we set them in the freezer to freeze so that I could transport them home. It was also very near lunch so TOB showed me how to line the dumplings along the bottom of a pan on top of a thin film of oil.There's no substitute for homemade dumplings! Follow my instructions and make your own today. #dumplings #appetizers #appysWe cooked the dumplings in the pan on med-low heat until the bottoms were a bit crispy brown, then added water by the tablespoon (maybe about 4 tbsp) and put the lid on so they steamed a bit. We did this sporadically about 2-3 times until the dumpling wrappers had changed from dull to glossy. This maybe took about ten minutes.

There's no substitute for homemade dumplings! Follow my instructions and make your own today. #dumplings #appetizers #appys When our first pan of dumplings were ready we flipped them over on a plate, then ate them with some stir fried cabbage with garlic and fresh noodles.

lunchWe also did several batches of steamed dumplings for something a little different. You can tell they are done when the skins become translucent. The wrappers we used for these were of a different kind and were a little thinner than the ones we had used in the frying method. Some of the dumplings that I made are in this steamer. You can probably pick them out beside TOB’s lovely shaped dumplings. She was being kind when she said my dumpling technique was getting better and that I ‘had my own style’.

steamed

There's no substitute for homemade dumplings! Follow my instructions and make your own today. #dumplings #appetizers #appys

Pork Dumplings 

 

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Traditional and curry style Chinese dumplings
  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Prep Time:60 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Serves:20
  • Freezable:Yes

Nutrition per portion

Ingredients
  • 2 trays of ground pork
  • 1/2 onion; finely diced
  • 3 spring onions; finely chopped greens and whites
  • 2 medium carrots; shredded
  • 1 can of mushrooms; drained and chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped Napa cabbage
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 glico curry packet, rehydrated (which replaces all the other sauces if you are making the curry style dumplings)
  • tapioca starch (you may or may not need this depending on how watery your filling is after you add the sauces. Add by the tbsp and judge accordingly)
  • 2 packages of round dumpling skins, fresh or frozen and thawed.
Method
  1. Mix ground pork with vegetables, eggs, and sauces (if doing regular style dumplings) If making curry dumplings, omit sauces and add rehydrated Glico curry paste.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add tapioca starch if mixture seems a bit too wet.
  4. Take small amounts of the mixture by teaspoon and place in the middle of a single dumpling wrapper.
  5. Moisten edges of the wrapper with your finger dipped in a bowl of water.
  6. Seal dumpling using your technique. (search dumpling techniques on youtube).
  7. Steam or pan fry dumplings.

 

21 comments

  1. foodisthebestshitever

    Holy shit. Those things are off the hook. You ladies have some mad dumpling skills. Those pics are seriously making me hungry… It’s only just 6am out here!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thanks!
      Once we got going in a groove it was like a factory 🙂 Now that I know how to make them the possibilities are endless!

    2. dishnthekitchen

      and I didn’t take a picture of my tray on purpose!

      1. Foodisms of The Office Broccoli

        But I liked your style! Next time. 🙂

  2. Foodisms of The Office Broccoli

    Those are gorgeous photos! I should have gotten a manicure if I’d known my hands would be on display! Yes, let’s do this again. Perhaps, next time, some har gow (shrimp dumplings) with homemade wrappers?

    1. dishnthekitchen

      yes definitely! I was that would be my next project….

  3. Foodisms of The Office Broccoli

    Reblogged this on Eat Your Broccoli! and commented:
    The tasty results of our dumpling making party!

  4. Foodisms of The Office Broccoli

    I also love how you put quantities on my random dashes of sauce. 🙂

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I know hey? Do they sound about right to you? I wasn’t sure especially with the fish sauce.

  5. cindyhkim

    Mmmmm dumplings. They are one of the most perfect things in the world. Beautiful photos!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      thank you so much! and I agree, dumplings are awesome!

  6. Albatz Gallery & Blog

    I’m going to try this! We made dumplings in our Vietnamese cooking class but they weren’t even close to being professional dumplings like these ones. At some point I will post our sad attempts, but I wanted to see if I could come up with a Canadianized ingredient list first…

    1. dishnthekitchen

      what do Vietnamese dumplings look like? and what do they have in them? pork, cilantro, chili?

      1. Albatz Gallery & Blog

        They have several different types, but the most famous is the ‘white rose’, filled with a shrimp/pork mousse. Others look similar to yours but come up very translucent when steamed. These ones were filled with mixed vegetables. I’ll let you know when I get around to publishing it…

  7. tinywhitecottage

    I want to make dumplings too! These dumplings are so perfectly put together. Clearing TOB knows what’s happening. Nice post!

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  10. Josette

    These are absolute perfection. I want to go to a dumpling making party!

    1. Bernice Hill

      It sure was a lot of fun! I would love to go to another…sometimes I get my son to make them with me because it’s always more fun than making them alone.

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