Chinese dumplings or Chinese dumplings are one of the most successful Chinese cuisine dishes in international cuisines. Why? It may be because of the ease of preparing them or because of the millions of combinations that these oriental dumplings admit inside.
Called jioazi in Chinese, gyoza in Japanese, mandu in Korean, and bansh in Mongolian, where they are also very typical, these dumplings are eaten as dim sum, that is, as a tapa or dish for breakfast, lunch, and snack, although In the West we tend to take them more at lunch or dinner. Also, you can make them boiled or fried. Discover how to make Chinese dumplings by following the recipe in this article.
For the mass:
- 100g of flour
- 2 cups of water
- a pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
For the filling:
- 400 g minced pork
- 1 red onion
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 pinch of pepper
- 1 clove garlic
Steps to follow:
To make Chinese dumplings at home, we must start by making the dough. Although you can buy the wafers already prepared, making them at home is very simple. First, the water is heated. When it is warm, add the flour and salt. Stir until the mixture is homogeneous. Then, add the teaspoon of oil and, when it is well incorporated into the mixture, knead it. Once it is completely homogenized, it will be left to rest for about 10 minutes.
When the rest time has passed, proceed to divide the dough into about 20 more or less equal pieces, first by hand and then with a rolling pin if necessary. A flat and circular shape will be given to each piece. To prevent the dough from sticking to your hands or rolling pin, you can use a little flour. When all the discs are ready, they are placed in the refrigerator while the filling is prepared.
To prepare the filling, first chop the onion and garlic very finely and add the minced pork. You have to make sure that all the ingredients are very chopped , so that they can be properly accommodated inside the discs, otherwise the dumpling may be somewhat deformed. So that the three ingredients are well mixed, it is recommended to do it manually.
When the mixture is well distributed, add the soy sauce, honey and a pinch of pepper . It is not necessary to add salt, since the soy will provide that salty touch that you want. So that all the ingredients are well impregnated with the added flavors, it is recommended to integrate them manually again.
When the mixture is well integrated, remove the discs from the refrigerator and proceed to fill them. To do this, a tablespoon of filling will be included in each of the discs. When they are all filled, more or less the same amount, proceed to close them, folding them in half and pressing the edges with your fingers as long as the dough is sealed.
If you want to make the dumplings boiled , first you will proceed to boil water in a saucepan, then you will introduce the dumplings and wait for it to boil. When it has boiled, the dumplings will be kept inside for about 10 minutes over a very low heat. We must be careful not to exceed the hour, since the dumpling dough could become excessively soft.
If you prefer to eat the fried dumplings , it is advisable to boil them first so that the interior is perfectly cooked and, later, you can achieve that desired golden color. When they are removed from the saucepan in which they have been boiled, they will be put in a pan with hot oil for one or two minutes so that they are crispy. It is recommended to serve with soy sauce or sweet and sour.