Sunday, 7 November 2010

Chinese fried dumplings ♬ 焼き餃子(手作りの皮)

This is maybe my favourite dish in the whole world! I know Marcia loves it too :)
There are many recipe versions for chinese dumplings, but this one is my mother Setsuko's original recipe.
She was experimenting with all different combinations of ingredients and this is the golden combination!

Ingredients: (serves 2-3)
- plain flour 100g
- strong flour 200g
- salt 1 tea spoon
- pepper 1/3 tea spoon
- minced pork 200g
- chinese cabbage (or plain cabbage) 400g
- spring onion 1stick
- grated ginger 1 tea spoon
- sugar 1/2 tea spoon
- white wine (or if you have 紹興酒 - Shaoxing chinese wine) 1 table spoon
- soy sauce 1 tea spoon
- oil 2 1/2 table spoon

- finely chopped garlic 1 clove (or more if you like)
- chopped fresh chilli 1 piece
- paprika power 1/2 tea spoon
- soy sauce 2 table spoons
- vinegar 2 table spoons
- sesame oil (1 table spoon)


1. Create the dumpling dough from plain and strong flour with 150ml of cold or warm water. Add 1/3 tea spoon of salt and one tea spoon of oil. Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth dough.
2. While you are mixing, hit the dough from around 50cm height to hit the cutting board - in order to get all the air out. Cover the dough with a wet towel and leave it for about an hour.
3. Mix the minced meat, finely chopped spring onion, pepper, grated ginger, sugar, white wine (or chinese wine), soy sauce and a little oil. Then add finely chopped (chinese) cabbage which was previously left with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and drained all the excess water from it.
4. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and create a long oval from it, 2-3cm thick. Cut the oval into pieces 2cm long and on the floured surface spread the dough into circles about 7-8cm.
5. Place the meat mixture (1.5 teaspoon) in the middle of the circle and create this shape:

6. Fry the dumplings in the saucepan with some oil, add 1 teaspoon of water at the beginning), and fry until it turns a beautiful golden colour.
7. Serve with some special sauce!

You can also boil the dumplings, or steam them if you have a steamer!! :)
If you go to China Town, or Japan Centre, you can buy dumpling wrappers - but homemade is the best!



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