What can I say more?
These dumplings are quite easy to make.
So, go grab a few dumpling wrappers at the store and let the party begin…!
Kimchi (very old one), tofu, ground pork, Asian chives, sweet potato noodles (aka; dangmyeon).
Throw them in the boiling water and cook for 7-8 minutes.
Rinse them under cold water, and drain well.
And chop them into small pieces, of course. Set aside.
Chop your chives, too. You can substitute with green onion if you wish.
Squeeze out some moisture from the kimchi and chop them into small pieces as well.
( I rinsed my kimchi briefly under the water to cut down some chili factor for my kids)
Put your tofu on the fine cotton cloth.
And squeeze him to death… This will remove water from the tofu.
And chop finely. Set aside.
In a big mixing bowl, combine ground pork with garlic, salt and pepper, rice wine and mix well.
Bring all the chopped ingredients into the bowl with pork and start tossing and kneading.
Season with more salt and pepper.
I forgot to take a picture but you will need to add one beaten egg to bind all the ingredients.
Now the filling is ready to use.
Grab a half sheet pan or large platter, and sprinkle with some corn starch.
Open up your dumpling wrappers…
Mine is about 3″ in diameters. You can use any size you like and adjust filling amount on each dumpling to fit in.
Make sure you cover the wrappers with damp cloth so they don’t get dry out.
Now, It is time to call your kiddos, husband, or whoever you live with.
Make sure they wash their hands squeaky clean…
Use your finger just like my 8 yr old boy did.
Fold the wrapper in half carefully pushing down the filling.
Pinch the edge together to seal. You have the half-moon shape here.
I don’t do fancy fluted edges or anything like that. I like things simple and fast.
This shape is good for pan-frying.
If you want to go for a full moon shape, carefully bend the both corners to meet at the center.
and bring the corners to over wrap a little, dab with water, and pinch tightly together to seal.
Voila! You got the full moon! This shape is good for steaming and boiling.
Let’s see how my kiddos are doing.
You know, kids are funny in terms of making food. They don’t go by manual or instruction.
They just want to make things their way, Period!
Let them be creative. These dumplings will end up entering to their stomach anyway…
If you want yours to look at their best, place them on a sheet in a single layer. You can freeze as is for later use.
How to cook dumplings?
If you like pan-fried dumpling, simply fry in some oil until golden brown on both sides, then…
Drizzle with a little water or chicken stock…
which will create steam…
That way it will cook thoroughly without over browning them.
Throw them in the boiling water, cook for 3-4 minutes.
When they are floating on top, they are done.
Simple soy sauce + vinegar dipping sauce is always nice to serve with.
- Cook the sweet potato noodles according to the package direction. Rinse the noodles, drain well and chop them into small pieces. Set aside
- In a large mixing bowl combine the pork, garlic, rice wine, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Set aside.
- Place tofu on a fine cotton cloth and squeeze it to remove water from the tofu. Mash the tofu if needed.
- Add the noodle, kimchee, tofu, chives, and egg to the bowl with pork mixture and mix well. Season the filling with salt and pepper.
- To make half moon shape; Place about 1 1/2 teaspoonful of filling on the wrapper. Dab some water on the edge of wrapper using your finger and fold in half. Pinch the edge to seal tightly.
- To make full moon shape; from the half moon, bring the bother ends to the center and over wrap the ends a little, dab the ends with water and seal tightly.
- Half moon shape is good for pan-frying and full moon shape is good for boiling or steaming.
- Note: Make sure you keep the wrappers covered with damp cloth to prevent them from drying out.