Pork & Prawn Dumplings

Welcome to the world of dumplings! At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we are huge fans of these delectable treats. Whether you enjoy soft steamed dumplings with a crispy base or savory fried dumplings, there’s something for everyone to love. Today, we’ll be diving into the world of pork and prawn dumplings, a classic combination that never fails to impress.

Pork & Prawn Dumplings

Dumpling Fillings

The beauty of dumplings lies in their versatility. You can find a variety of fillings to suit your taste, from classic pork and cabbage to vegetable or beef dumplings. The key is to mince the meat of your choice and add some delicious Asian flavors like spring onions, ginger, and sesame oil. Let your creativity shine and practice your crimping skills to perfection.

Folding Dumplings

Folding dumplings may seem daunting, but with a few basic techniques, you’ll be a pro in no time. Start with a small amount of filling and gradually increase as you become more comfortable. To fold the dumplings, moisten the edges with water and fold them in half, pressing the air out gently. You can also create a pleated pattern by folding one side of the wrapper towards the center, repeating on the other side, and adding a final pleat near the edge. The possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours.

Cooking Dumplings

There are three popular methods to cook dumplings – steaming, boiling, and frying.

Steamed Dumplings

Steamed dumplings are quick and simple. Boil water in a pot, place the dumplings in a steaming basket or strainer, and position it over the boiling water with a lid. Steaming typically takes 6-10 minutes, and lining the basket with parchment paper or oil will prevent sticking.

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Fried Dumplings

Fried dumplings are a personal favorite, as the crispy base adds a delightful texture. Heat a little canola oil in a frying pan and place the dumplings flat side down. Let them cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes or until the base is crispy. Then, add a splash of boiling water and cover with a lid for another 2-3 minutes to ensure they are fully cooked.

Boiled Dumplings

Boiled dumplings are a classic cooking method, ideal for adding to soups or brothy dishes. However, take care not to overcook them, as the wrappers can lose their shape. Instead of boiling them all at once, add cold water to the pot when it returns to a boil, repeating this process two more times. This will prevent rapid boiling and ensure perfectly cooked dumplings.

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

No dumpling feast is complete without a tantalizing dipping sauce. Our simple yet flavorful dipping sauce will elevate your pork and prawn dumplings to new heights. Just mix Chinese black vinegar, soy sauce, fresh ginger, chopped chili, a touch of honey, and a dash of sesame oil together. The result is a tangy and savory accompaniment that perfectly complements the dumplings.

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Wine Pairing: The Austrian Attack

To enhance your dining experience, we recommend pairing your pork and prawn dumplings with the delightful ‘Austrian Attack’ Gruner Veltliner from The Pawn Wine Co. This elegant wine, originating from Austria but produced in Adelaide, boasts notes of white pepper, peach, citrus, and a touch of Turkish delight. Its light body and perfect balance make it a splendid choice for pairing with Asian flavors. So, prepare a glass of this exceptional wine and savor the exquisite combination of flavors.

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The Austrian Attack Wine

Conclusion

Dumplings are a culinary delight that never fails to impress. With endless filling possibilities, various cooking methods, and a flavorful dipping sauce, you can create a memorable dining experience right in your own kitchen. So, gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and embark on a dumpling-making adventure. And don’t forget to savor each bite with a sip of The Pawn Wine Co’s exceptional Gruner Veltliner. Happy cooking and happy eating, friends!

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