Pan fried with a golden crust, then lightly steamed these ginger pork dumplings are how dumplings should be.
While most people seem to really like the dumplings at Chinese Restaurants I try not to think too much about what all is in them. Honestly, I think it’s the grey meat that turns me off.
When making them at home the sky’s the limit on which ingredients you can choose. We choose pork with ginger and garlic for ours, but there are many variations that would be great too. For example, chicken and Thai basil or beef and black mushroom would be great options to try.
We did the pork with ginger and garlic since it’s a traditional flavor combination that we knew would work well together.
Emery made a dipping sauce that I wasn’t sure about at first. I thought it had too much apple and was very acidic, plus I was planning on doing a tradition sauce. He used local apples mixed with a few staples from our pantry. I would have never thought of that. Pork and apples are great friends, and pair nicely together, but I just thought it would be a weird combination of Asian food.
Once our little dumplings were fried up I gave the dipping sauce another try.
Wow! It was delicious. The acid I complained about earlier really cut the fat, and the apple gave a nice flavor.
We wanted to show a few different ways that the dumplings can be formed with the wrappers. When I was growing up had the Korean dumplings that are filled with beef and vegetables, and are folded into little triangles. These are two different shapes and half moons. Each one is easy to do, but make very different looking dumplings.
Although we fried ours, they would be great steamed. I really love dumplings in a vegetable or chicken broth scattered with green onions on top, especially when it’s cold outside. It’s filling and body warming.
However you like your dumplings I hope that you’ll give this recipe a try. Enjoy!
Ginger Pork Dumplings
- 2 Tablespoons Shallots, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger, minced
- 4-6 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1lb ground pork
- 1 package dumpling wrappers (40- 50 size pack)
- Step 1 Mix all ingredients together well.
- Step 2 Spoon 1 spoonful of filling into dumpling wrapper, and set aside. Continue till all filling is used.
- Step 3 Place about a tablespoon of oil in the frying pan on medium heat.
- Step 4 When oil is hot add dumplings to pan. Cook on one side till golden brown. Flip the dumplings over gently, and add enough water to cover about 1/4 of the dumplings.
- Step 5 Cover the pan with a lid.
- Step 6 Let them stem for about 6-8 minutes. (Check cooking half way),
- Step 7 Uncover pan, and let remainder of water evaporate.
- Step 8 Remove from pan and enjoy.
Apple Cider Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 cup cider/ apple juice
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
- Step 1 Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Step 2 Enjoy!