A few of us got together just before Lunar New Year to make some dumplings. Caroline and I both have subscriptions to Fine Cooking magazine. We were inspired by the recipes in the Jan/Feb issue and then spread the inspiration around a little.

As a matter of fact, they do taste as good as they look!

Rebecca and Caroline pleating dumplings
Caroline and I and the dumplings we’d already made.
Carvill's perfect dumplings
Carvill’s perfectly shaped, perfectly filled, lovely and dense and identical dumplings!
Joanna's very pleated, very pretty dumplings
Joanna’s very pleated, very pretty dumplings

So, four of us got together and we each brought our own recipe for filling. We filled about 40 or so dumplings with our filling and then traded with everyone else there, so we each got just about 10 dumplings of each flavour. There was enough filling leftover that I was able to make another 20 or so the next day (that I kept all for myself!)

The filling recipe I used was this one, Caroline’s was this one, Joanna’s was this one, and Carvill’s mommy made her own recipe!

I think we’re indebted to Carvill for showing us the proper pleating technique. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken if we’d tried to figure it out from the photos in the magazine.

All of the before pictures are courtesy of Joanna and her cell phone camera. Clearly my hands were too busy wrapping to remember to take a photo! The after picture… well that was all me.

Gung Hey Fat Choi!

2 thoughts on “Dumplings

    1. Good question! I thought a lot about it actually. The last time I’d eaten a home cooked meal of dumplings prepared by actual Chinese people, there were multiple sauces served to suit the tastes of the different diners (If I remember right, all were soy sauce based and I think all had vinegar, some had sesame oil, some didn’t).

      Personally, I’m not a fan of sesame oil in the dipping sauce. I like a fresher sort of taste. So, I made a soy sauce, rice vinegar, scallion sauce. In proportions that tasted good to me. I normally would have put in some ginger as well but for dessert that night we were having ginger soup with black sesame filled glutious rice balls. So, we decided to save the big punch of ginger for the end of the meal.


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