Recipe – Asian Dumplings Made From Scratch

I was first introduced to pot stickers by a Chinese family I was cooking for. They very quickly became one of my favourite things in the world to eat, I just can’t get enough of these tasty morsels! After recently attending a Chinese cookery masterclass I decided to give making my own dumplings a go and do you know what? They are a LOT easier than you think. So here it is, my recipe for homemade Chinese dumplings cooked pot sticker style.

Recipe for the dough – (makes 16)

140gms plain flour (5oz)

125mls boiling water

Put the flour into a bowl and add the boiling water, it must be freshly boiled, it does make a difference. Mix together for around 8 minutes till it forms a smooth ball of dough.

Dough should look like this with a slight shine to it

Dough should look like this with a slight shine to it

Cover in clingfilm and rest for 1/2 an hour. Onto a lightly floured board roll out as thin as you can. Take a medium sized cookie cutter and cut out into circles. Take each circle and roll out to make really thin, they will look almost transparent.

Thin dumpling circles ready to fill

Thin dumpling circles ready to fill

They are now ready to fill with whatever takes your fancy – vegetables, seafood or meat. The filling should be finely chopped so that it cooks quickly. I chose to put pork, chillies, coriander, spring onions and seasonings into a food processor and gave them a quick whizz till combined. Grab a small bowl of water to use to seal the edges. Place a teaspoon of filling onto your circle. Dip your finger into the water and wet the edges of the circle. Fold in half and pinch sides together to seal.

All ready to pop in the boiling water

All ready to pop in the boiling water

Place dumplings into a large pot of boiling water. They will sink to the bottom and then start floating to the top. When they float they are ready to take out. Next, into a medium heat frying pan place a little oil (rapeseed or other unflavoured oil). Put the dumplings into the pan on their side and cook until crispy, this should take around 5-6 minutes. Only cook in the pan on one side and hey presto, you’re done!

All ready to eat and don't forget to try with Chinese vinegar for dipping!

Ready to eat and don’t forget to try with Chinese vinegar for dipping!

I hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as I do. Believe it or not this was my first attempt at making dumplings from scratch. It may have been the first but it certainly isn’t the last, I’m salivating just thinking about making them again. Enjoy!

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