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FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Pork Dumplings Recipe
Wonton Desires: Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb. 10 with these delights—pan-fried, then steamed.
For the Filling
• 1 lb. ground pork
• 2 scallions, thinly sliced
• 1 cup Napa cabbage, finely chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
• 2 egg whites
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Dumplings
• 1 package round gyoza wrappers
• Vegetable oil (enough to cover pan)
• 2–3 cups chicken broth
• Chili sauce, for serving
• Soy sauce, for serving
Directions: Combine all filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and thoroughly mix by hand. Set bowl aside. On a dry, clean surface, fill each wrapper with one teaspoon of the filling. With a finger or basting brush, moisten the edge with water. Fold in half; pinch the edges together to seal. When sealing, make sure to squeeze the dumpling so that there is no air inside. Place dumplings on a baking sheet in a single layer and cover with a damp towel to keep them from drying out.
Heat vegetable oil in a large stainless-steel pan (with a lid) over medium heat. Use just enough oil to coat pan. Once the oil is heated, gently place 8 to 10 dumplings in pan. Keep uncovered. Do not touch for 2 minutes. Add 1/3 cup of chicken broth to pan. Reduce heat to low and cover immediately. Cook, covered, until most of the broth is absorbed and the wrappers are slightly translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes. Shake pan to loosen dumplings. Gently remove each one and place on a plate. Cover with aluminum foil until serving time. Deglaze the pan with water between batches. Serve warm with soy and chili dipping sauces. Makes 60–70 pot stickers.
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Arirang Oriental Grocery Market (4771 N. Post Rd., 317-899-4152)
Asia Mart (6103 E. 86th St., 317-845-8892)
Brother’s Oriental Grocery (8209 Pendleton Pike, 317-898-6089)
Kim’s Oriental Grocery (8710 E. 21st St., 317-897-0678)
One World Market (8466 Castleton Corner Dr., 317-842-3442)
Sakura Mart (2450 E. 71st St., 317-726-1755)
Saraga International Grocery (3605 Commercial Dr., 317-388-9999)
Photo by Tony Valainis
This article appeared in the February 2013 issue.