Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子

Steamed pork and fennel dumplings (豬肉韭菜餃子)

A popular dumpling from Northern China – tasty dumplings with pork, fennel, corn and carrot, flavored with pepper, ginger, sesame oil and green shallot.

Ingredients

  • 300g pork mince (fatty meat is preferred, such as pork belly)
  • 50g of fresh fennel, roughly minced
  • 50g corn kernels (frozen or canned)
  • 1/2 carrot, approximately 50g, skin peeled and graded
  • 20g of green shallot (scallion), finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 30-40 dumpling wrappers (available in Asian stores)
Dumpling filling - pork, fennel, corn, carrot, green shallot
Dumpling filling  
Dumpling wrapper - thick style
Dumpling wrapper – thick style

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixer (a K-beater is ideal). If you don’t have a mixer, mix the ingredients in a large bowl with a pair of chopstick, stirring one direction only, for approximately 5 minutes. The idea is to make the pork mince into a smooth paste.
  • If you have time, transfer the paste to a container and leave it in the fridge overnight – the flavor will intensify.
  • Wrap the dumplings – see video below.
  • Steam the dumplings in a steamer for approx. 10-15 minutes or until cooked.
Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子
Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子

Dipping sauces

Option 1. Northern style vinegar

  • Chinese fragrant vinegar (香醋) which tastes similar to a light balsamic vinegar. The most popular fragrant vinegar are from the region of ‘ChinKiang’, mid-northern China.
  • Optional – add ginger, garlic and chili to the vinegar for extra flavors
Chinkiang Chinese vinegar
Chinese vinegar

Option 2. light soy sauce

Kikkoman light soy sauce
Kikkoman light soy sauce

Option 3. My homemade dipping sauce

  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Chinese vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • a little ginger, minced (optional)
  • 1 tsp corn starch, mix well with 2 tbsp. water

In a small saucepan, add all ingredients, stir constantly while bringing it to a slow boil; remove from heat immediately and transfer to a small bowl to coolSave

Tangy sauce for tofu and noodles - garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil
Dipping sauce with garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil

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