These Chinese dumplings are incredibly succulent and flavourful. The garlic chives, also known as Chinese chives can be found at any good Asian grocer along with the Shaoxing wine, chinkiang vinegar, soy sauce, chilli oil and dumpling wrappers. These dumplings can be made in advance and frozen.
PORK AND CHIVE DUMPLINGS
Makes 40 dumplings
230 grams of pork mince
3cm piece of ginger, minced
1/3 cup of garlic chives, finely chopped
1/4 cup of coriander stalks, finely chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Shaoxing wine
40 dumpling wrappers
1/4 cup of Chinese black vinegar (chinkiang vinegar)
2 Tablespoons of chilli oil and seeds
2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 small handful of garlic chives, finely chopped
Blitz your pork in a food processor for 3-4 minutes until pork has become gluey.
In a bowl, combine the pork mince, egg, ginger, garlic chives, coriander stalks and shoaxing wine.
Set yourself up with a bowl of water, a tray dusted with flour, your dumpling wrappers and mince meat.
Take a heaped teaspoon of pork mince and place in the centre of your dumpling wrapper. Wet your pastry brush and dab a little water around the edges. Gently fold the dumpling wrapper over to make a semicircle and press any air bubbles out as you go. Firmly seal and pleat the edges, then flatten the base of each dumpling and place on the floured tray.
Combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce minus half of the garlic chives and set both aside.
Heat a non-stick frypan with a lid, over a medium/high heat and add a good glug of vegetable oil. Boil a large jug of water. Place your dumplings, 10 at a time (depending on size of pan) in the oil. Cook until golden brown on the base, this should take around 45-60 seconds. Add 1 cup of boiling water, cover and cook for 4 minutes.
Arrange dumplings in a bowl and pour over half the dipping sauce, placing the other half in a side bowl for serving. Sprinkle with remaining garlic chives.