What’s your favourite dumpling flavours? For me it’s always been pork and chives as that’s what mum makes at home. When we go out for dinners though, we will get a variety: pork and cabbage, beef and onion etc but I’ve not made any with beef at home… Until this week!
This truffle and beef flavour is based on a yum cha dish – steamed beef mince balls with coriander – which is one of my favourite dishes to have at any yum char place. The truffle pate I’ve added is of course non-traditional, but it’s rather magical as the earthiness of truffle works so well in this recipe. We couldn’t get enough of them when I trialled the recipe in the weekend.
Pan-fried and then steamed; this is the perfect way of cooking these dumplings. The left overs went into my daughter’s lunch box the next day.
Definitely making more of these for the freezer, as part of our meal prep solutions.
What other flavours of dumplings have you tried? Let me know in comments!
- 500g beef mince
- 1 small bunch coriander, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, grated
- ginger, 5cm long, grated
- 1 egg, size 7
- 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp mirin (or Chinese wine)
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp potato starch
- 2 Tbsp truffle pate
- 2 tsp black pepper, grounded
- 60 sheets (1 pack) dumpling wrapper
Vinegar-soy Dipping Sauce
- 4 Tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp Black vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Grate the garlic and ginger with a micropane and add to ground mince. Add all the ingredients in and stir to mix thoroughly.
- Add Truffle pate and mix well.
- In the mean time, take the dumpling wrappers out of the fridge and let it return to room temperature before starting to make the dumplings. They are more pliable when rested i.e. if you are greedy you can fit more into each dumpling.
- Take a little spoonful of filling and place it in the middle of the wrapper. Dip your finger into the bowl of water and wet the edges of the wrapper lightly.
- Fold the wrapper over the filling, forming a moon shape.
- Hold the dumpling in your left hand, like holding a taco.
- With your right index and middle fingers, flex the dough towards the left to form one pleat.
- Press the dough down together against your left thumb, which is just supporting the other side of the dumpling.
- Repeat 5 times. (There’s a short video on my Insta highlights, under “Savoury recipes” .)
Here are 2 ways of cooking dumplings, both delicious! The pan-fried way produces dumplings that have more bite in the wrapper which we quite enjoy.
If you aren’t ready to cook them all, you can freeze them in trays. Just dust with plenty of flour to ensure they don’t stick to the bottom of the tray or box. Once frozen, you can store them in sealed bags too. Cook from frozen, never defrost!
For boiled dumplings:
Fill half of a large pot or saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. (note not to fill over two-thirds of the pot as you will be adding more water later on.) Add 1 tsp salt to the water and add 30 dumplings in, be careful not to over crowd the pot.
When the water returns to a boil, pour in half a cup of cold water and wait for it to return to a boil. At this point, you add a second half cup of cold water. This is repeated until you have added water three times in total and the water has returned to a full boil. The dumplings are ready! Repeat to cook the rest of the dumplings, if not freezing for later.
Pan fried dumplings:
Heat a large pan with 2 tsp of oil. When the pan is hot, place dumplings in, flat bottoms down, in a circular pattern. Cook on medium high for 1-2 minutes till the bottom is nicely crisp. Pour in hot water that goes to a third of the height of the dumplings. Note: it will bubble like mad! Cover with lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Keep an eye on it to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated too quickly. Once the water has evaporated, a lattice skin will form on the bottom of the pan. Take it off the heat, and carefully place a plate over the dumplings. Flip the pan while holding the plate with the other hand so that the cooked dumplings are transferred over to the plate entirely, without breaking the lattice skin. (Imagine flipping an upside down cake on a plate) If flipping isn’t an option, just remove dumplings with tongs.
For the vinegar-soy dipping sauce, mix ingredients together and serve alongside warm dumplings.