From my research online, it really seems like you can put anything you want into these dumplings, depending on what meat/ veg you have around so it is really versatile. This recipe is a mixture of a few different versions. You can also add whatever spices or sauces you want to the filling to add some interesting flavours. Also dumplings can be boiled, shallow fried or steamed. When I made mine I shallow fried them so that is the recipe I will detail below.
375g All-purpose Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
200g minced beef or pork
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Ground White Pepper
1 tbsp Rice Wine/ Sherry
3 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Spring Onion (finely chopped)
200g Cabbage/Lettue/Spinach (finely shredded)
2 slices of fresh Ginger (finely minced)
4 tbsp shredded Bamboo Shoots
1 clove Garlic (finely minced)
- Stir the salt into the flour. Stir in the cold water, adding as much as is necessary to form a smooth dough. Don't add more water than is ncessary. Knead the dough into a smooth ball. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
- Add the soy sauce, salt, rice wine and white pepper to the meat and mix. This seasons the meat before you add the vegetables. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a roll 12 inches long and cut each roll into 1/2-inch slices. You don't need to get a ruler out, you can just do this by eye.
- Roll 1 slice of dough into a (approx) 3-inch circle. Place one level tablespoon of the filling in the centre. Lift up the edges of the circle and pinch 5 pleats up to create a pouch to encase the mixture. Pinch the top together. I rolled out 4 or 5 pieces of dough at a time and then filled them. I think it saves time.
- Heat a wok or nonstick skillet until very hot. Add 1 tbsp of oil, tilting the wok to coat the sides. Place dumplings in a single layer in the wok. You might only fit 7 or 8 dumplings in a wok at a time so you may need to do this in batches. Fry dumplings for 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown.
- Add 110ml of water. Cover and cook 6 to 7 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Repeat with the remaining dumplings.
- You can serve these just soy sauce, or mix soy with 1 tbsp of Sesame oil for a lovely dipping sauce.