Chinese dumplings or dumplings are one of the dishes of Chinese gastronomy that have most succeeded in international cuisines. Why? It may due to the ease of preparing them or the millions of combinations that these oriental dumplings admit inside. Called jiaozi in Chinese, gyōza in Japanese, mandu in Korean, and banish in Mongolian. They are also very typical, these dumplings took as dim sum, that is, as a tapa or dish during breakfast, lunch, and snack, although in the West. We usually take them more at lunch or dinner. Also, you can make them boiled or fried.
If you like these dishes and want to learn how to make them like an expert, we explain how to make Chinese dumplings following an easy recipe.
- 100 gr of flour
- 2 cups of water
- a pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 400 gr of minced pork
- 1 red onion
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 pinch of pepper
- 1 clove garlic
Follow these steps to make Chinese dumplings
Although you can buy wafers for dumplings already prepared, making them at home is very simple. First, make sure that the water is warm and then add the flour and salt. When the mixture is homogeneous, add the teaspoon of oil and when it is well incorporated into the mixture, knead it. Once it is completely homogenized, it will leave to rest for about 10 minutes.
When the resting time has passed, the dough will divided into about 20 more or less equal pieces and then, first by hand and then with a roller if necessary, each piece will be given a flat and circular shape. To prevent the dough from sticking to your hands or rolling pin, you can use a little flour. When all the disks ready, they placed in the refrigerator while the filling is prepared.
To prepare the filling, first, chop the onion and garlic very finely and add it to the minced pork. It must ensure that all the ingredients very chopped. So that they can accommodate properly inside the discs, otherwise, the dumpling may be somewhat deformed. So that the three ingredients are well mixed. It recommended to do it manually.
When the mixture well distributed, add the soy sauce, honey, and a pinch of pepper. Remember that it is not necessary to add salt since soy will provide that desired salty touch. So that all the ingredients well impregnated with the added flavors, it is advisable to integrate them manually again.
When the mixture well integrated, remove the discs from the refrigerator and proceed to fill them. For this, a tablespoon of filling will be included in each of the discs. When they all filled, more or less the same amount. They will close, folding them in half, and pressing the edges with your fingers so that the dough sealed.
If you want to make the boiled dumplings, first proceed to put boiling water in a saucepan, then introduce the dumplings and wait for it to boil. When it has boiled, the dumplings will be kept inside for about 10 minutes on very low heat. We must take care not to exceed the hour since the mass of the dumplings could be excessively soft.
If you prefer to take the fried dumplings. It is advisable to boil them first as explained in the previous point. So that the interior perfectly cooked and then you can get that desired golden color.
When they removed from the saucepan in which they have boiled. They will be put in a pan with hot oil for one or two minutes so that they are crisp. It recommended serving with soy or sweet and sour sauce.