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29 January 2022 | Raidis Estate, Raidis Recipes | Raidis Estate

Pork and Chive dumplings

 

To celebrate Chinese New Year, which is just around the corner, we thought it was only fitting that we shared a delicious pork dumpling recipe.

 

These little dumplings pack a punch in flavour and are perfect for pulling out at a dinner with friends.

 

Pair them with our Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris or Red Project.

 

Makes about 100 dumplings.

 

What you’ll need:

Canola oil

1 large onion, finely diced

5 large cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger

1½ cups (85 g) finely chopped Chinese garlic chives, scallions, or regular chives

1 cup (250 g) crumbled soft tofu

⅓ to ½ cup (75 to 120 ml) hoisin sauce

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more if needed

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds (910 g) ground pork

2 packages of thin or gyoza-style dumpling wrappers

 

 

Method:

 

In a large sauté́ pan, heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger until translucent and slightly caramelized. Add the chives and cook just to soften them, about 1 minute longer. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and let it cool.

 

Once the onion has cooled, add the tofu, 1⁄3 cup (75 ml) of the hoisin sauce, the salt, and pepper and mix well. Add the pork to the bowl and mix it with the seasonings until you can see that the chives and tofu are evenly distributed throughout the meat.

 

In a small frying pan, cook a small spoonful of the meat mixture in a little bit of oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning of the meat with more hoisin sauce and/or salt, if necessary.

 

Prepare a small dish of water and line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in each dumpling wrapper. Using your finger, paint a little water around the edge of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and simply pinch it closed or crimp it. Place each finished dumpling on the baking sheet and repeat until you’ve used all the filling.

 

You can freeze them directly on the baking sheet until they harden, then pack them into plastic freezer bags. (They do not refrigerate well.) They will last for 3 months.

 

To cook fresh dumplings, heat a nonstick frying pan or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet with just enough oil to coat the bottom. Add just enough dumplings so that they are not overcrowded and don't touch. Brown the dumplings on one side, then add about 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) of water, cover, and steam the dumplings until nearly all the water evaporates.

 

Remove the cover and let the dumplings begin to fry again, just long enough to crisp them slightly, then serve them immediately with the dipping sauce.

 

To cook frozen dumplings, follow the same procedure above for fresh dumplings, but use 1⁄3 inch (8 mm) water, so they steam a little longer and cook through.

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