One of the most popular traditional foods that people eat on Lunar New Year is dumplings. There are many different ways to make them. Each has its own unique characteristic and flavor that can fit anyone for this traditional holiday. Eating dumplings together with family in a Lunar New Year means “Out with the old year, in with the new year”, a way for people to yearn for the good days to come in the new year.
Every year on Lunar New Year Eve, my family and I have dumplings for dinner. Beside their traditional values, I enjoy dumplings – no matter what kind. Today, I will give you a short instruction on how to make pork cabbage dumplings, cooked as potstickers.
You will need:
- 8 oz ground pork
- 3 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 egg
- Yellow (prefered) or white dumpling skins
- ½ cup leeks or scallions
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper
- Vegetable oil
The main ingredients for these dumplings are cabbage, grounded pork (raw when wrapping), leeks/scallions, an egg that is beaten, and round size dumpling skins that are the color of yellow (preferred) or white.
Once you have these main ingredients, you put the cabbage and leeks/scallions into a food processor and pulse them until they are finely chopped. Then, you put your finely chopped cabbage and leeks/scallions into a mixing bowl. Add 1 egg (beaten), 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, ¾ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of sugar, and ⅛ teaspoon of ground white pepper into the mixing bowl. Stir them until they are well mixed.
Second, you add 2-3 teaspoons of filling to each dumpling skin. Fold the dumplings in half, closing the top and the sides (closing the sides is optional. You can leave it open for convenience).
Third, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a non-stick/cast iron pan over medium heat. Place the dumplings into the pan. Once the dumplings are sizzling, you pour a quarter cup of water and cover the pan immediately. Let the dumplings cook until the water has evaporated. This takes about 3 minutes. During this time, keep an eye on the pan to make sure nothing is burning. You can add a little more water if necessary.
After 3 minutes is up, open the pan and allow the dumplings to cook uncovered until all the water has evaporated, which takes about 1-2 minutes. By doing this step, you are allowing the bottom of the dumplings to get crispy, and preventing them from sticking to the pan.
Finally, you use a spatula to flip the dumplings upside down onto a plate and begin your serving. Enjoy!