One advantage of making your own dumplings is that you can innovate with the fillings and the sauce. You can mix pork, seafood, chicken with chopped vegetables and spices. Then you can also create your own sauce.
• 2 cups ground pork
• 1 cup medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped
• 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
• 2 teaspoon sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup pork fat, chopped
• 1/4 cup chopped turnips (optional)
• 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch
• 1 to 2 eggs
• 1 tablespoon spring onion for garnish
• wonton wrappers
1.) In a large bowl, combine pork, shrimp, ginger, sugar, and salt. Add pork fat to make the filling moist upon cooking. Add in turnips, carrots and eggs.
2.) Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Mix all the ingredients with your clean hands. Blend well until the mixture turns sticky.
3.) Place a spoonful of the mixture at the center of each wonton wrapper. Gather the sides of the wrapper up around the filling. You may place spring onion, carrots or shrimps on top of each dumpling.
4.) Prepare the steamer. Put water (about one inch high) at the base of steamer. Let water boil over medium heat. Brush the tray with oil so that the dumplings won’t stick.
5.) Arrange dumplings on the steamer tray. Cover the steamer and let dumplings steam for about 20 minutes or until cooked.
To make the sauce:
1. Mix 1/4 cup soy sauce and 2 tablespoons lime juice in a small bowl.
Serve and enjoy! You can also put some chili oil together with the soy sauce mixture.