Pork Dumplings

About this recipe: These tasty dumplings make a perfect starter or you can serve them as part of a dim sum feast. Serve with hoisin sauce, hot Chinese-style mustard and toasted sesame seeds.

Lorna

Ingredients

Serves: 25 

  • 100 wonton wrappers
  • 800g minced pork
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh root ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced spring onion
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 375g finely shredded Chinese cabbage

Method

Prep:35min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the pork, ginger, garlic, spring onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg and cabbage. Stir until well mixed.
  2. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of pork filling onto each wonton skin. Moisten edges with water and fold edges over to form a triangle shape. Roll edges slightly to seal in filling. Set dumplings aside on a lightly floured surface until ready to cook.
  3. To cook: Steam dumplings in batches in a covered bamboo or metal steamer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Chinese New Year

Most of the dishes served during Chinese New Year are symbolic of something positive and hopeful.

Chicken and fish, for example, symbolise happiness and prosperity - especially when served whole.
Dishes made with oranges represent wealth and good fortune because they are China's most plentiful fruit.
Noodles represent longevity: therefore, they should never be cut!
Duck symbolises fidelity, while eggs signify fertility.
Bean curd or tofu, however, is avoided because its white colour suggests death and misfortune.
Turnips are cooked because their name (cai tou) also means "good luck".

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