Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chinese pork dumplings recipe

Just a few more days until I am officially going away for a much deserved holiday and honestly, I am bursting with excitement, so much that I am suffering from writer's block. Gah. So this is me distracting myself by conjuring up another blog post that is worthy to try out in your kitchen.

Dumplings or wontons are the easiest little things to prepare in the kitchen and even if you are not perfect with your measurements, they will somehow still turn out alright. Probably a fun kitchen activity for kids and adults alike and.... you can hide a few veggies in each of them without any obvious signs!

My recipe is rather simple but feel free to add any whacky ingredient that comes to mind (as long as it's fits the Asian theme..don't think chorizo or blue cheese might fit in well but if you do try it out, lemme know how it went!).

Ingredients (serves 4 people):
1kg pork mince
A thumb of garlic, finely minced
6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
10 medium sized shittake mushrooms, soaked in water and chopped finely
1 long red chilli, finely minced (more if you prefer it spicy)
A bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
4 tbsp of soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp shaoxing wine
A packet of ready made wonton wrappers
Salt and pepper to taste

All you need to do is mash all the ingredients together and allow to marinate overnight. The following day, place a tsp of the marinated pork mince into the wrapper (more or less depending on what size you prefer), and add it to a pot of boiling water.

Once it begins to "float" in the pot, dish out.

You can use a range of other ingredients such as lap cheong (chinese sausage), carrots, prawns, wood fungus or chestnuts if you prefer. The options are endless, really :)

I like to serve dumplings with blanched bok choy and noodles that have been tosses in  1 tsp of sesame oil, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce and 1/2 tsp sugar :)

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