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Chinese dumpling pancakes


I struggled to name this dish actually. Call them ‘filled pancakes’ and it sounds like crepes. Call them ‘patties’ and you think of meat ones. I think I told J they were ‘Chinese dumpling pancakes’ – well they have the same filling as my usual dumplings, wrapped in the same plain flour pancakes I made for my Peking duck. These are very common street food but I’ve never made them before, not knowing how to make the dough. After my Peking duck practices, I’m now quite confident with these dough and whipped these out in no time. Makes 10.

Ingredients

300g pork mince
half a bunch of chinese chives

marinade
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp corn flour
1/2 tsp chicken stock powder
1/2 sesame oil

wrappers
330g plain flour
240ml hot water

Instructions

Place plain flour in a bowl. Add hot water gradually to the flour, stirring with a fork as you go.

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Keep pouring and mixing with a fork until the mixture starts to get sticky.

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Bring the mixture together with your hands. Knead the dough on the countertop until the dough is not sticky anymore, and feels elastic.
Add more flour/water as required (you shouldn’t need to!) It should end up quite smooth and elastic and non-sticky.

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Cover with a wet tea towel, and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

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Divide the dough into 10 pieces and roll each out slightly, but not too thin. Aim for it to cover the palm of your hand.

Spoon the mince mixture onto the centre of the dough.

Gather the sides in and pinch the end together, with a twisting motion at the top.

Flip the pancake over and flatten.

Fry in medium heat for 4-5 minutes till it is thoroughly cooked.

Chinese dumpling pancakes filled with pork mince and chinese chives

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Dumplings with Pork and chinese chives


I haven’t always made macarons. Believe it or not, I cook more savory dishes than sweet! When I feel stressed and in need to do something to relax, I make dumplings*. It’s quite therapeutic really, mixing ingredients and wrapping the little parcels of joy. I think it is the repetitive nature of the process, that calms me down and allows my thinking brain a rest.

Today J will demo for you how these are made.

Pork and Chinese chives filling
400g lean pork mince
100g fatty pork mince
1 large bunch of Chinese chives
1 egg
2 tsp chicken stock powder
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp shao xhing wine ( or sherry)
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp sesame oil

wraps
1 packet of dumpling wrappers (60 pcs), these can be round or square shape.
Small bowl of water, for sealing
Extra flour, for dusting

Mix all of the filling ingredients together and let it marinate for 20 minutes.
In the mean time, take the dumpling wrappers out of the fridge and let it return to room temperature before starting to make the dumpling. They are more pliable i.e. if you are greedy you can fit more into each dumpling.

Take a little spoonful of filling and place it in the middle of the wrapper.

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Dip your finger into the bowl of water and wet the edge of the wrapper.

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Fold the wrapper over the filling, forming a moon shape.
Pinch the edges of the dumpling to seal it off (there are many ways of pinching the dumplings, however this is the easiest way, at least for J.)

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Fill half of a large pot or saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. (note not to fill over two- thirds of the pot as you will be adding more water later on.) Add 1 tsp salt to the water and add the dumplings in, be careful not to over crowd the pot.

When the water returns to a boil, pour in half a cup of cold water and wait for it to return to a boil. At this point, you add a second half cup of cold water. This is repeated until you have added water three times in total and the water has returned to a full boil. The dumplings are ready!

Serve with chilli paste, soy sauce and/ or Chinese red vinegar.

* It is very possible that next time I feel like doing something repetitive, I will be making macarons!