- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 ½ lb cabbage, finely chopped
- 4 stalks green onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. ginger root, minced
- 1 package dumpling wrappers (approximately 45 pieces)
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
- ½ tsp white pepper powder
- ¼ cup water (or 1/8 cup of water and 1/8 cup of rice wine)
- ½ tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
Dumpling Serving Sauce:
- ¼ cup soy sauce + 1 tsp. sesame oil + 1 tsp white vinegar + chili sauce (optional)
- Mix together the ground pork with all of the seasonings. Stir the mixture in the same direction until it is well blended. This takes about two to three minutes.
- Add one tablespoon of salt to the chopped cabbage and spread the salt out across the surface of the cabbage with your hands. Let the salted cabbage sit for two minutes. Use a mesh colander or your hands to squeeze the excess water from the cabbage.
- Mix cabbage, ginger and green onion into the meat mixture and blend well with a folk. Alternatively, you can use your hands to mix the ingredients, but be sure to wash your hands first or wear gloves. At this stage, the dumpling filling is complete, but it is ideal to let the filling sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour so that the ingredients will be well-incorporated.
- Open the package of dumpling wrappers. Place one heap tablespoon of filling in the center of one wrap, moisten the edge of wrapper, and fold it in half. Press the edge of the dumpling wrapper at its midpoint, then make two folds on each side. Press along the circular edge of the wrapper to seal. There are many ways to make dumplings, and as long as you can seal it, you can make one, two or even more folds in the dumpling skin.
- Boil plenty of water in a large pot, and then add 20 to 30 dumpling pieces to the pot. Stir gently while cooking and bring to a boil. When the water begins to boil, add one cup of cold water and continue cooking. When the water comes to a boil again and the dumplings are floating in the water, the dumplings are ready. Serve dumpling with sauce (recipe above).
You can add shrimp to the dumpling filling to enhance its flavor. You can also incorporate different types of vegetables into the mixture, as well as use different types of meat, such as chicken, pork, beef or seafood. The dumpling making process offers many delicious opportunities to express your creativity.