Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Mmmm...dumplings. We are a little obsessed at the moment. Our friend from Japan taught us how to make them a little awhile ago and we've been loving them ever since. They are really easy to make - here's a step-by-step "how to" incase you want to give them a try too!

First of all, you'll need 500g pork mince. (You can use prawn mince too - or a mixture of both, but we've only used pork so far.) Place it in a bowl and mix in 250g-300g finely diced cabbage, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp minced ginger, 2 Tbs soy sauce and 2 Tbs sesame oil.
 Next, you'll need some dumpling wrappers. I accidentally bought square wonton skins this time but I just cut them into a circle shape using my kitchen scissors. If you can find circle ones, buy them - heaps easier. I used 2 packets for the quantity of mince mixture above.
Take a wrapper and place a heaped teaspoonful of mince mixture into the centre. Don't use too much mince or the dumplings will be too hard to fold.
 Have a little bowl of water close by and, using your fingertips, rub some water around the outside edge of half of the wrapper.
 Fold wrapper in half, try not to let outside edges touch yet though.
Starting at the left-hand side of the dumpling, make little folds on the top layer of the wrapper and press down onto the bottom layer until you've folded all the way across the top.
All done! You should be able to get 5 little folds across the top. I was pretty unco when I first started and only managed 3 or 4. You get better at it the more you practise and the smaller you make your folds.
 Wrapped and ready to cook!
 Heat up some oil over medium-high heat in a frypan.  I like to use my electric frypan so that I can cook lots at once and it keeps a nice, even temperature. 
 Make sure the heat isn't too hot or the dumplings will burn. You aren't trying to cook them all the way through here, just get a nice, light-brown, crispy bottom. 
 Once they are brown and crispy, turn up the heat and throw in about 1/4 - 1/2 cup cold water and put the lid on your frypan straight away to steam the dumplings.  Keep the lid on until all the water has evaporated off the base of the frypan. Check dumplings to see if they are cooked through (when you press them with your fingers, they should be nice and firm - or you could break one in half and have a look).  If they aren't cooked through, you can add a little more water to continue steaming.  It could take up to 10 minutes of steaming time. Remove lid from frypan and give the dumplings a minute or two to continue cooking and get the crispiness back up again.
 Enjoy! We serve ours with a dipping sauce made of soy sauce and a little dash of sesame oil.

And if you've got a bit of time up your sleeve, make a double batch of dumplings while you're at it and throw some in the freezer ready to take out and cook up quickly when you're craving...


Anonymous said...

Going to give these a go Toni.
Thanks for the recipe and hints.
Love Auntie Lorraine.

piece peace said...

I am going to try these asap. Thank you so much.

melandpeter said...

A staple in our home too! They're called Gyoza :-)

tash @ littlebitofthyme said...

thanks for the detailed description Toni. Going to give them a go over the weekend. Maybe grandfinal snack for the boys?

Emily said...

These look so good! I haven't made them in a while but will have to try the circle shape. :)

Kayla Christie said...

you forgot the potato flour!

debsway said...

Hi Toni, we just finished eating our first batch and they were absolutely fantastic!!!! We haven't had many in restaurants that were better !!! Thanks for the receipe and very good detailed and photo steps. Thank you so much, I have found a "signature dish" xxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I've been meaning to make these for ages - got the dumpling skins in the freezer! You've reminded me I need to get them out...

Corrie said...

oh yum! thank you! must try with the kids!


daywalker said...

Wow, thanks for that. I have all those ingredients, now i just have to borrow my mum's electric fry pan!
I really like your blog, I found the link from Ric Rac's blog.
Rachael :)

Jessica said...

I pinned this straight away back when it was posted and gave finally got to making them. So yummy! Heaps left over in the freezer as there's only two of us. Thank you for sharing the recipe and pics.

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