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AKwan’s Kitchen: How To Make Dumplings

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! To celebrate the start of the Year of the Snake, we show you how to make a traditional Chinese New Year staple–the dumpling! In the northern parts of China, dumplings are traditionally made and eaten during Chinese New Year because of their shape resembling gold ingots used in history as money, and therefore representing having “prosperity” for the new year.

Full written recipe and outtakes/behind-the-scenes video after the jump.

Outtakes and behind-the-scenes:

Ingredients:
For wrappers (makes about 30-40):
– 4 cups flour
– 2 cups hot boiling water
– pinch of salt

For the filling:
– 1 lb ground pork
– handful of chives, minced
– 8 shrimp, frozen or fresh, minced
– 5 cloves of garlic, minced
– 2 slices of ginger, minced
– 8 shiitake mushrooms, minced
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp sesame oil
– 2 tsp soy sauce
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp white pepper

Instructions:
For making the wrappers:
1.) Combine the flour, water, and salt into a large bowl and mix together using a whisk until the dough comes together smoothly.
2.) Using your hands, knead together the dough until it becomes a bit “elastic.”
3.) Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 15 minutes, up to 2 hours.
4.) After the dough has rested, take a 5-6 inch piece of dough and roll it together into a log.
5.) Place the log onto a well-floured flat surface and cut it into 1-inch pieces.
6.) Take each piece and either with a rolling pin or your hand, flatten around the outer edges until it becomes approximately 1/8 inch thick; the center should be a bit thicker than the outside edges.

For making the filling:
1.) Combine the ground pork, shrimp, mushrooms, chives, garlic, and ginger into a bowl.
2.) Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, and white pepper in.
3.) Add 1 beaten egg in.
4.) Mix the ingredients thoroughly and let it marinate for a bit.

For wrapping the dumplings:
1.) Place a wrapper flat in the palm of your hand.
2.) Add a dollop of filling into the center of the wrapper; not too much or else the dumpling will burst or can’t close.
3.) With the tip of your index finger, wet the outer edge of the wrapper with some water (if you are using homemade wrappers, you don’t have to do this; but if you are using pre-made wrappers, you do!).
4.) Fold the dumpling up in half, to form a half-moon shape.
5.) Fold in the outer edges together at several points to create pleats.

For cooking the dumplings:
1.) Add dumplings into a pot of boiling water.
2.) When the dumplings float to the top of the surface, let the dumplings boil for 6-7 more minutes on medium-high.

Dumplings don’t necessarily have to be made during Chinese New Year; they can be made all year-round! Homemade wrappers can be very time-consuming to make, so if you don’t want to make them yourself, you can just buy pre-made ones at the store! They’re just as good! Nom nom nom!

Good luck!


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