Friday, June 17, 2016

Chinese Banquet - our way!

So a while ago I mentioned the kids making dumplings. This sounds so super scary, but is really very easy. You just need a little patience sometimes!

On the weekend we just wanted something light for dinner, so I bought some chinese veg such as bok choy and gai larn and some frozen pork buns from my local Asian grocer plus a few other bits to make my own dumplings. Simple recipe, simple ingredients!

400g prawn meat (I bought some local prawns already peeled from my fishmonger)
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 small chilli - chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon kecap manis (If you don't have this just use extra regular soy)
1/2 bunch coriander including stems (not roots)
1 packet won ton or gow gee wrappers (found in the cold isle of most supermarkets)

Blitz all ingredients except the wonton wrappers in the food processor until all mixed and blended together.

Prepare your 'workbench'! Have a bowl of the prawn mix, a small bowl of water & your wrappers.

For each wrapper, lay in the plan of your hand. Put a heaped teaspoon in the middle of the wrapper. Dip one finger on the hand NOT holding the dumpling into the water and dab around the outside of your dumpling. Fold over, joining the ends, and sq

Place the dumplings in a Chinese steamer on some baking paper that has had slits cut in it to enable the steam to come through.... or boil...

Steam the Chinese veg and when cooked pour over some warmed oyster sauce and a few drops of sesame oil. 

Serve pork buns, Chinese veg and other steamed dumplings...banquet voila!


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