Unleashing my inner Asian Momma!

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m jealous of my next door neighbors.  No, not the fact they play thumpy music and it drives me insane or that the tree in the front yard is completely dead.  I’m jealous of the fact that my very nice next door neighbor's mother comes over to look after their little boy.  He’s a year older than Riley and is quite cute.  Grandma is there almost everyday to take care of him and when she’s there the smells that come from their house.  Oh my, they are wonderful.  I wish she would chase me around the yard with some freshly cooked spring rolls just like she does to the laughing and smiling from ear to ear pre-schooler.  But alas, she hasn’t and probably won’t… ever.  That would just be strange.  Anyways you could imagine my glee and excitement when I saw that this month’s daring cooks challenge was dumplings.  Dumplings!!!  Yippee!!!  One of my favorite foods!  When I go to Edo I make Tim get the bento box just so I can eat his dumplings with my Udon chicken soup.  Yes, I know it’s not real Asian food and that it probably is not even comparable to the true authentic cooking but it’s as close as I can get on a night when I don’t feel like cooking but want something remotely healthy for my family.  Oh, yes and back to the reason you are reading this post, without further ado….   DUMPLINGS!!!


You will notice that my dumplings do not look like the dumplings in the tutorial I am sending you to.  This was my first time, give me a break!  I’m hoping that I will get better at folding my dumplings as time goes on.  These will be in regular rotation for weekend dinner as they were so delicious it was hard to stop eating even when I was full.  Thankfully I only made 21 for Tim and I to share the first time.  I will be trying them again soon and will make enough to use all of the filling not just half.  Hopefully there will be more than just the two of us to eat them or we may end up with very full and sore happy tummies!

Please, please!  Run, don’t walk to this fabulous recipe and try it as soon as you can I recommend it completely and think that you will be a happier person for it (or at least you tummy will be happier)!  Thank you Jen for the recipe I am forever grateful to you for sharing your recipe with us!

DSCF0006 The dough as I was kneading it.  Consisted of 250 g of flour and about 1/2 cups of water added gradually.  So simple but yet so delicious! 

The Filling consisted of:

1 lb (450g) ground pork
4 large napa cabbage leaves, minced
3 stalks green onions, minced
7 shitake mushrooms, minced (if dried - rehydrated and rinsed carefully)
1/2 cup (75g) bamboo shoots, minced
1/4 (55g) cup ginger root, minced
3 tbsp (40g) soy sauce
2 tbsp (28g) sesame oil
2 tbsp (16g) corn starch

DSCF0016 Making the pretty little dumplings.
 DSCF0023   My finished dumplings.
 DSCF0037  After cooking, I choose to make potstickers.  I’d never made them before but they turned out great with Jen’s instructions.  I put about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the pan let it heat up a little and then put the dumplings in.  After about 5 minutes on a med-high heat I added 1/2 cup of water and stuck the lid on for about 7 minutes.  They turned out fabulous!
 DSCF0048   Beautiful delicious dumplings, disappeared into my tummy in seconds.




They were really yummy.  Again!  Again!

You did such a beautiful job, Your dumplings are perfect and they glisten! Lovely job on everything, including the photos!

Yes these are little bags of yummmminess!!!! Beautiful work on the pleating and they look so full and delish. Cheers from Audax in Australia

I would be happy to come and save you from overloaded tummies! They look delicious.

Your dumplings look scrumptious! Isn't it great to know that it's not as hard as you thought to make one of your favorite meals! Great job!

Thank you so much for the detailed directions and vivid pictures that you provide.
I do love dumplings and usually can not make it myself, I used to enjoy the market ones with my family and never do it myself, now, it is great to find your blog and I can make it one day under your directions, thank you so much :D

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