Making Chinese dumplings is fairly easy to do and doesn’t require too many ingredients. Chinese dumplings can be stored in the freezer and saved for a quick meal when you don’t feel like cooking. The preparation time for making Chinese dumplings can be a little demanding, that is why we recommend making 200 pieces each time. Dumplings are a great snack to have when you don’t have too much time to cook.
(This serving makes about 80-100 dumplings)
1. Ground Pork – 2 lbs or 1kg
2. Chinese Cabbage (Napa Cabbage): 1 lbs chopped into small pieces
3. Sesame Oil – 1 Tablespoon
4. Fresh Ginger – ¼ cup finely chopped
5. Salt – a few pinches
6. Pepper – a few pinches
7. Flour – 4 cups
8. Warm Water – 1 to 2 cups
Add the ground pork, sesame oil, salt, pepper and ginger into a large bowl and mix together for about 5 minutes. You will know you are finished mixing everything together because the consistency is distributed equally.
Add the Chinese cabbage and mix well.
In a large bowl, add the flour. Slowly add the water into the bowl, but make sure to mix as well. Knead the dough until it is ready.
Take a baseball size piece of dough in your hand. Flatten the dough and roll it into a long & thin strip. After the dough is quite thin, take a cup and press it into the dough creating palm size pieces.
Take one of the pieces and put a small spoonful of the pork mixture into center of the dough piece. Make sure to have a bowl of water next to you so that you can wet the tip of your finger. After you wet your finger, touch the edges of the dough and seal them together by folding the dough circle in half. Press the edges together to create a dumpling that is in the shape of a moon. Place the finished dumpling on a plate with flour sprinkled over it to keep it from sticking.
There are two ways to cook dumplings. You can either pan fry or boil them. If you boil them, it usually takes about 5-7 minutes to finish cooking. My favorite way is to pan fry them. You can pan fry them by adding some olive oil/vegetable oil and setting the heat to high. Cook the dumplings on each side until the skins are golden brown. It usually takes about 5-7 minutes to finish.
Enjoy your dumplings with Chinese vinegar and a little bit of chili!