When it comes to dumplings at the table, one is never enough. It’s a satisfying favourite for many and filled with tons of ingredients such as pork, shiitake mushrooms, prawns, chives, spring onions, and many others. No matter the ingredients, these savoury meat dumplings are typically shaped to resemble the purse used to store gold and silver by the ancient Chinese. Hence we often prepare dumplings, or even money bag wontons during Chinese New Year for prosperity and wealth!
Whether you like your dumplings filled with meat, prawns or vegetables, it’ll surely taste good and the difference is probably just how you cook them!
Pork & Prawn Dumplings
- 30 pieces Dumpling Wrappers
- 300 grams Ground Pork (Adjust to your preference)
- 6 to 8 pieces Prawns
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 2 to 3 pieces Spring Onions (or Scallions)
- 2 to 3 pieces Ginger, grated
- 2 tbsp Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)
- 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Start by preparing the ingredients for the filling. Coarsely chop the pork, prawns, garlic, ginger and spring onions.
- In a large bowl, combine the pork, prawns, spring onions, garlic, ginger in a bowl. Add the light soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, salt, Shaoxing and mix well until fully combined. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes.
- Wet the edges of the dumplings slightly with water.
- Use a teaspoon to scoop the filling in the middle of the dumpling skin. Recommend not adding too much or too little filling to ensure there’s enough space to fold and pleat the dumplings.
- Fold the dumpling skin in half, and seal it by pinching along the curved edge. Pleat the curved edges starting from one end to the other.
- Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling, and place the dumplings neatly on a tray or wooden board - ensuring there’s enough space so they don’t stick together.
- To cook - you can either boil, pan-fry or steam the dumplings. We chose to pan-fry the dumplings - start by adding a thin layer of water into a pan, and 1 tbsp of oil. Heat the pan until shimmering, then place the dumplings in batches, ensuring it doesn’t stick together. Cover the lid and let it cook for 5-8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed.
- Loosen the dumplings from the pan with a spatula and serve with your choice of dipping sauce. Time to enjoy!