Delicious Dumplings

Cheap, quick and tasty, Debbie’s Delicious Dumplings are perfect as part of a meal or as a snack.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup ground pork or beef
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, or to taste
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1/2 green onion, finely minced
1 & 1/2 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
4 tablespoons shredded bamboo shoots
2 slices fresh ginger, finely minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced

Stir the salt into the flour. Slowly stir in the cold water, adding only as much as is necessary to form a smooth dough. Knead the dough into a smooth ball. Cover and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

While the dough is resting, prepare the filling. Add the soy sauce, salt, rice wine and white pepper to the meat, stirring in only one direction. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the same direction, and mix well.

To make the dumpling dough: knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball. Divide the dough into 60 pieces. Roll each piece into a circle about three inches in diameter.

Place a small portion (about one level tablespoon) of the filling into the middle of each wrapper. Wet the edges of the dumpling with water. Fold the dough over the filling into a half moon shape and pinch the edges to seal. Continue with the remainder of the dumplings.

To cook, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add half the dumplings, giving them a gentle stir so they don’t stick together. Bring the water to the boil again and add 1/2 cup of cold water. Cover and repeat. When the dumplings come to the boil for a third time, they are ready. Drain and remove. If desired, they can be pan-fried at this point.