Dumplings Recipe Notes
Dumplings are a bit more time consuming than some cooking projects one might tackle, but I don't necessarily think that this means they are incredibly difficult. If you are new to making dumplings I think you can definitely pull it off! It might take a few tries to get them looking pretty with the different folding techniques, but even weird looking ones will taste delicious. There is something really special about making dumplings. They seem so wholesome to me, definitely a labour of love. There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to what you fill your dumplings with. The recipe for my filling is simple and I really like it. Tofu, mushroom, cabbage, scallion and radish seasoned with gochujang, garlic, ginger, sesame, soy & rice wine vinegar.
How do you Cook Dumplings?
Dumplings are delicious pan fried, steamed, or simmered in a brothy soup.
1. Pan-fried dumplings are what I prepare most frequently. Simple and delicious. Hard to resist the combination of golden brown dumplings with chewy texture an delicious filling.
2.Steamed dumplings are undoubtedly healthier, and also a tasty option. They will have a "cleaner" taste if that makes sense, allowing the flavours of the filling to really take center stage. A chewy texture dipped into your favourite sauce. yum! You can buy steamer baskets really inexpensively in most asian grocery stores, and of course online.
3. Popping your frozen dumplings into a simmering tasty broth is also a really delicious and easy option. I hope I have a soup recipe on my blog sooner than later, because I made a first trial several months ago and it was excellent. Which is what is pictured below. An umami broth with miso, sesame, soy, garlic, and a bit of rice wine vinegar for acidity, the hot chewy dumplings, nori to garnish. Honestly you could pop them into your fav miso soup and that would be good too.
1. How to Panfry Dumplings
To pan-fry dumplings, you will need a skillet or wok with a lid, and some oil (vegetable, canola, or peanut oil work well). The picture above are the dumplings flipped over after they've been cooked. Technically the proper way to panfry dumplings is to brown on one side, leave them browned side down in the pan, and finish cooking them by steaming.
When purchasing a Wok look for a good quality carbon steel option. They aren't all super cheap, but buy the best you can afford for a beautiful piece of kitchen equipment. The one I have isn't high-end by any means, but at some point I would love to have one that is really high quality. They look like a piece of art to me!!
2. How To Steam Dumplings
To steam dumplings, you will need a steamer basket with a lid, and a pot or wok big enough to hold the basket.
3. How To Cook Dumplings In a Soup
To cook dumplings in a soup, you will need a pot or a large saucepan with a lid, and your desired ingredients for the soup.
Dumpling Filling Recipe with Mushrooms, Tofu & Cabbage.
Yield: Enough filling for about 40 - 50 dumplings
How to make Dumpling Dough at Home. Recipe.
The thing with making a dough like this is unless you are weighing the flour and water, you will probably need to adjust the amounts a bit. This is intuitive for me because I know what dough should feel like. You can add a bit more water, then if it gets too sticky, you can dust with more flour. The dough should be a bit "tacky", but not sticky, not dry.
The trick for rolling the dough is to let it rest for 30-60 minutes to become pliable. Once it has rested you don't want to knead it again before rolling it out. The gluten needs to be relaxed to be pliable. I use a large biscuit cutter to cut out my wrappers instead of rolling individual circles (so tedious). Then to reroll scraps, I bring the scraps together and knead it a bit, if it's not coming together easily because of the dusting of flour from rolling the first time, I just splash water on my hands and keep bringing it together, adding tiny amounts of water as needed. Once you have a dough ball formed you can let it rest for 30 minutes before re - rolling.
Assemble the dumplings:
How to Fold Dumplings Video
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