Pork Dumplings

In Finding Your Feet, Sandra & Biff have a bit of baggage to work out since they haven’t seen each other in ten years.  This is exasperated by Sandra’s drinking and frustration over her situation.  It comes to a head at a Chinese restaurant where Sandra throws a dumpling at her waiter and is arrested.    These dumplings are delicious and are best eaten, not thrown.

AuthorTheGBYCategory, , , DifficultyIntermediate

Pork Dumplings - The GBY

Yields12 Servings

Dumpling Filling:
 1 lb Ground Port, fatty
 1 lb Napa Cabbage
 1 tbsp Ginger, fresh, grated
 2 tbsp Water
 2 Scallions
 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
 1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine or Sherry
 2 tsp Sesame Oil
 1 tsp Salt
 White Pepper, pinch
Dumpling Wrappers:
 2 ½ cups Flour, all-purpose
 1 ¼ tsp Salt
 1 cup Water, cold
 Small bowl of water
Dipping Sauce:
 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
 1 tsp Chinese Black Vinegar
 1 tsp Sesame Oil
 White Pepper, pinch
 Chinese Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)

Dumpling Filling:
1

If the pork is not finely ground, mince well with a knife. Place the pork in a large bowl and cover.

2

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add the cabbage; blanch until just wilted. Using a slotted spoon, remove cabbage to strainer set over a large bowl. Press down on cabbage to squeeze out all liquid. Transfer to cutting board; roughly dice.

3

Meanwhile, place grated ginger in a small bowl; cover with water and let steep for a few minutes.

4

Slice scallions lengthwise, then thinly slice. You should have a good mixture of white, light green, and dark green pieces. Add to the bowl with the pork.

5

Place a strainer over the pork bowl; strain the ginger so that the juices are added to the bowl. Press down on ginger to squeeze out all juices. Discard ginger left in strainer.

6

Add the soy sauce, cooking wine, sesame oil, salt, and pepper to the meat mixture. Stir in chopped cabbage until completely incorporated.

Dumpling Wrappers:
7

Using a spoon or chopsticks, place one heaping tablespoon of dumpling filling in the center of the dumpling wrapper.

8

Using your fingertip, wet the outer edge of the dumpling wrapper with water. Fold up the sides of the dumpling into a half-moon shape.

9

While holding the dumpling lengthwise, curved side up, use your index finger and thumb to pinch the edges of the dough on one side of the dumpling into "pleats," pressing each pleat against the flat side of the dough to seal the dumpling as you go. Start at one corner of the dumpling and work your way to the center (making three to four "pleats"). Then work from the other corner to the center creating another three to four "pleats."

10

Firmly press the pleated side of the wrapper against the flat side to be sure the dumpling is completely sealed. If there is to much filling and the dumpling cannot be sealed, remove the extra filling to prevent leakage during cooking.

11

Line up the finished dumplings on a foil-lined cookie sheet to prevent them from sticking. You can freeze dumplings this way for up to one month.

To Cook:
12

To cook the dumplings, gently lower them into a medium pot of boiling water and boil for approximately three to five minutes. They are done when the dumpling skins are translucent and the dumplings have been floating for about three minutes. Remove from pot carefully with a slotted spoon.

Serve hot.

Dipping Sauce:
13

Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and serve on the side.

Ingredients

Dumpling Filling:
 1 lb Ground Port, fatty
 1 lb Napa Cabbage
 1 tbsp Ginger, fresh, grated
 2 tbsp Water
 2 Scallions
 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
 1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine or Sherry
 2 tsp Sesame Oil
 1 tsp Salt
 White Pepper, pinch
Dumpling Wrappers:
 2 ½ cups Flour, all-purpose
 1 ¼ tsp Salt
 1 cup Water, cold
 Small bowl of water
Dipping Sauce:
 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
 1 tsp Chinese Black Vinegar
 1 tsp Sesame Oil
 White Pepper, pinch
 Chinese Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)

Directions

Dumpling Filling:
1

If the pork is not finely ground, mince well with a knife. Place the pork in a large bowl and cover.

2

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add the cabbage; blanch until just wilted. Using a slotted spoon, remove cabbage to strainer set over a large bowl. Press down on cabbage to squeeze out all liquid. Transfer to cutting board; roughly dice.

3

Meanwhile, place grated ginger in a small bowl; cover with water and let steep for a few minutes.

4

Slice scallions lengthwise, then thinly slice. You should have a good mixture of white, light green, and dark green pieces. Add to the bowl with the pork.

5

Place a strainer over the pork bowl; strain the ginger so that the juices are added to the bowl. Press down on ginger to squeeze out all juices. Discard ginger left in strainer.

6

Add the soy sauce, cooking wine, sesame oil, salt, and pepper to the meat mixture. Stir in chopped cabbage until completely incorporated.

Dumpling Wrappers:
7

Using a spoon or chopsticks, place one heaping tablespoon of dumpling filling in the center of the dumpling wrapper.

8

Using your fingertip, wet the outer edge of the dumpling wrapper with water. Fold up the sides of the dumpling into a half-moon shape.

9

While holding the dumpling lengthwise, curved side up, use your index finger and thumb to pinch the edges of the dough on one side of the dumpling into "pleats," pressing each pleat against the flat side of the dough to seal the dumpling as you go. Start at one corner of the dumpling and work your way to the center (making three to four "pleats"). Then work from the other corner to the center creating another three to four "pleats."

10

Firmly press the pleated side of the wrapper against the flat side to be sure the dumpling is completely sealed. If there is to much filling and the dumpling cannot be sealed, remove the extra filling to prevent leakage during cooking.

11

Line up the finished dumplings on a foil-lined cookie sheet to prevent them from sticking. You can freeze dumplings this way for up to one month.

To Cook:
12

To cook the dumplings, gently lower them into a medium pot of boiling water and boil for approximately three to five minutes. They are done when the dumpling skins are translucent and the dumplings have been floating for about three minutes. Remove from pot carefully with a slotted spoon.

Serve hot.

Dipping Sauce:
13

Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and serve on the side.

Pork Dumplings

(Photography by: Mark Farinholt
Recipe from: Epicurious)

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