For all my pontificating about dumplings, I had never actually attempted making them - instead choosing to cook them up from pre-frozen or via dining in restaurants.
Well, tonight I put my dumpling making phobia to bed; and it's much easier than I thought!
- 500g chicken mince
- ginger & garlic (i didn't have fresh so used the stuff in jars)
- light soy sauce
- sesame oil
- fresh coriander (again, no fresh stuff on hand so used the tube variety)
- brown vinegar
- Wonton wrappers (20)
- fresh chillies
- chopped spring onions (3)
Put the chicken in a large bowl, and stir in approx 2 dessert spoons of soy sauce, 2 teaspoons each of minced garlic & ginger, sesame oil, brown vinegar, spring onions and coriander paste (if using fresh, use the whole bunch - you can never have too much coriander.)
Put some cold water into a cup and keep it close by. Take each wonton wrapper and put a heaped teaspoon-ful of chicken into the centre, then dip your finger into the water and moisten the edges (as shown). Bring together each corner, pinch together at the top of the dumpling and then fasten the sides together so that the wrapper sits snugly around the mixture.
Line a steamer with some baking paper and steam the dumplings for about 5-6 minutes. Serve with light soy sauce & fresh chopped chillies.
Trust me: uber-easy and tasty - worth it!