Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Pan Fried Dumplings

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There's something about pan fried dumplings that is totally addictive don't ya think?  The soupy ones are good, for about three pieces.  But those golden fried beauties, oh, i could eat like ten in a row!

Very similar to Japanese gyozas, these Chinese jiao zi is typically stuffed with minced meat and chives - my favourite combination.  The rest of the ingredients are pretty much to one's own preference.  You can add spring onion, chopped mushrooms, prawns, cabbage or water chestnuts.  This time round, I just stuck to the basics - good ol mince pork and lotsa chopped chives.

Pan Fried Dumplings with Ginger Vinegar Dip

  • 250g minced pork
  • 3 stalks of chives, rinsed, white parts discarded, and chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • Dash of chinese cooking wine
  • Salt and pepper

Dipping sauce
  • 3 tbspn Black vinegar
  • 8 slices of young ginger, slivered finely

1.  Add the chopped chives and seasonings to the meat, mix well and let marinade for about 2 hours.

I use KG dumpling wrap as it is a nice size; the texture is
pliable enough to fold and is not overly thick.

2.  Put a heap tsp of meat into a dumpling skin, dab the edges with some water, fold, and press gently to seal.  I also fold the edges into small pleats for aesthetics purposes but this is totally optional. 

3.  Drizzle about 1/2 tbsp of oil onto a non stick pan and arrange the dumplings side down, side by side (but not too packed) and fry on medum heat until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.

4.  Pour about 1/4 cup of water into the pan and cover immediately.  Steam the dumplings until cooked, about another 2 minutes. Remove from pan and let it cool slightly for about 2 minutes.  Serve warm with the vinegar and ginger sauce.


  1. The fillings and the dipping sauce is simple to make but oh....Im no good in wrapping it. Yes I go eat a whole lots in a yummy.

  2. Hi Esther, gyoza are always my favourite. I wouldn't mind to snack on them for lunch or dinner.

  3. I love dumplings and agree they are totally addictive!

  4. Esther, this is totally yums! I prefer the fried ones too. I should try your black vinegar and ginger sauce because I usually dip in chilli sauce.

  5. Yummy! I love dumplings anytime! :)

  6. Hi Esther,

    You can eat 10 dumplings in a row?? 10 only? This amount is never enough for us. With my Shan-Dong background, my family used to make hundreds and hundreds of dumplings for our CNY.

    Your dumplings look very delicious and I reckon that I need to eat 20 of these! - LOL!


  7. Love them, both soupy or fried. Yours look very nicely pleated :)

  8. I'll take any leftover , pretty please ? lol I could eat dumplings everyday !


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