Chinese Pan-Fried Dumplings with Pork, Shrimp and Cabbage

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Makes 24 dumplings | Prep Time: 20 Mins | Cook Time:10 Mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pack dumpling wrappers (round-shaped) or homemade dumpling wrappers
  • Oil, for pan-frying
  • 150 ml water, for steaming
  • Chinese black vinegar or Japanese ponzu, for dipping

For the Filling:

  • 8 oz ground pork
  • 4 oz shelled and deveined shrimp, cut into small pieces
  • 2 oz cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 heaping teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 heaping teaspoon chopped scallion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Shaoxing wine or rice wine, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 dashes ground white pepper
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Prepare the filling by combining all the ingredients together. Use a spoon to mix well.
  2. To assemble the dumplings, place a piece of the wrapper on your palm and spoon 1/2 heaping tablespoon of the filling onto the center of the wrapper. Do not overfill. Dip your index finger into a small boil of water and moisten the outer edges of the wrapper. Fold the dumpling to form a half-moon shape. Press and seal tightly. Arrange the wrapped dumplings on a plate lined with parchment paper to avoid the dumpling from sticking to the bottom of the plate. Repeat previous steps until the filling is used up.
  3. Heat some oil in a small skillet or pan over medium heat. Arrange 8 dumplings on the skillet or pan. Pan-fry the dumplings until the bottom turns light brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add 50 ml water to the skillet or pan and turn the heat to high. Cover the skillet or pan with its lid and let steam. Turn the heat back to medium as soon as the water has completely evaporated.
  4. Add some oil to the pan again and continue to pan-fry the dumplings until the bottoms turn golden brown and become crispy. Repeat the steps above for the remaining dumplings. Serve the dumplings warm with the dipping sauce of your choice.

Homemade Dumpling Wrappers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water plus 1 teaspoon water
  • Extra all-purpose flour, for dusting and rolling

Directions

  1. Combine the all-purpose flour and water and knead until the dough isn’t sticky and the surface becomes smooth. Cover it with a damp cloth and rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a long cylinder. Cut the cylinders in half, and then cut each cylinder into 12 small pieces. Dust the rolling pin and roll each piece of the dough into a dumpling wrapper about 4 inches in diameter. Set aside for the filling.

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