I used to love this Chinese-restaurant appetizer so much that my mother reverse-engineered the recipe. These dumplings have an interesting taste and are great for parties. They also freeze well. Hope you enjoy them--it's worth the work involved.
for dumpling dough
- 2 cups flour
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- water (enough for a thick, bread-like dough)
- 1⁄2 lb ground pork
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, finely-chopped
- 1⁄4 cup peas (thawed if frozen)
- 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1⁄2 tablespoon rice vinegar (rice vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
- Mix ingredients for dipping sauce and set aside.
- Lightly oil a large bowl.
- Put the flour and salt in another large bowl, piled up.
- Make a dent in the top of the pile, and crack the egg into it.
- Mix the egg into the flour.
- Add enough water to the mixture to make a thick dough.
- The consistency should be like bread dough.
- In any case, don't add too much water--it shouldn't be like batter at all!
- Turn the dough out onto the flour-dusted counter, and form into a ball.
- (It helps to flour your hands first).
- Place the dough into the oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap (cellofane).
- Let stand 1 hour.
- Meanwhile mix all ingredients for filling and place in the fridge.
- Next, remove dough and place on flour-dusted counter (or work surface).
- Knead a bit and flatten until very thin (but not see-through or falling apart).
- Using a large, round cookie-cutter (or bottom of coffee can or top of glass) cut three-inch rounds.
- Don't place them on top of each other, as they could stick together!
- Knead the leftover pieces together again and cut more rounds until there's no dough left.
- Spoon a bit of the filling into the center of each round and fold in half (to make a semi-circle shape).
- Seal edges with a bit of water, and use tongs of a fork to decorate the edge.
- To prepare, either steam the dumplings (if you have a steamer) for 15 mins, or boil for 10 mins.
- If you boil, add some oil to the water and don't overcrowd the pan--make them in batches.
- If you like, you can fry the dumplings in a skillet or wok to brown them before serving.
- Handle gently!