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Shanghai Dumplings - Chowza

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Category: Chinese, Pork

 Ingredients List

  • ----------------------------------WRAPPER----------------------------------
  • 2 c Flour
  • 1/4 c Water; more or less; hot


1 lb Ground pork
1/2 ts Chinese 5 spice
1 Scallion; chopped
1 ts Light soy sauce
1/2 ts Ground black pepper
1/4 ts Szechuan peppercorns;
- toasted and crushed

A very simple and filling Shanghai staple.

Put flour in a food processer. Gradually add water (your mileage may vary)
while mixing until the dough forms into a ball. Roll out on a floured
surface to about 1/16" thick. Use a glass to cut into 3" circles. Set
wrappers aside.

Mix filling ingredients.

To assemble, put a wrapper in the palm of your hand. Place about 1
tablespoon of the filling in the wrapper and fold in half. Keep 1/4" of the
wrapper free of stuffing for a good seal. Moisten edge with water. Crimp
the edges together using your first 2 fingers and thumb, fluting the edges.
Go around in one direction, flip over, then reverse. The idea is to seal
them good! Cool in the 'fridge for at least an hour.

Steam for 20 minutes; let cool.

Deep fry until golden brown. Serve hot.

Variations/notes: * Place each dumpling on a small piece of cabbage or
lettuce to
prevent sticking to the steamer rack. * Try boned pork steaks, fat
removed, ground in a food processor. * Also try shrimp, chicken, or a combo
of all. * Hot peppers, or pepper sauce, may be added to the filling. * The
steam/cool/fry technique is the only way it matches the real
thing! But these are also good just steamed. I usually do them mixed.

Sauces: Chopped garlic and light soy sauce
: Coleman's Dry Mustard mixed with cold water or light soy sauce
: Sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, and dark soy sauce
: Hot pepper sauce of your choice

Makes about 16 dumplings.

Personal Note: When in Shanghai, I visited a restaurant that served only
dumplings, on Nanjing Lu. They had =so= many variations of fillings and
sauces; it was incredible. When I asked how the wrappers were made, I was
told just mix flour and water, nothing else.

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