Dumpling Recipe Series: How to Treat The Dumplings After Wrapped
Let’s learn how to boil, pan-fry, serve and store your dumplings after wrapping them.
How to boil dumplings
Prepare a big pot of water and heat up to boil
Add dumplings into the pot carefully, piece by piece. Gently and continuously stir the water with your ladle until the water boils again. This aims to avoid the dumplings sticking to the pot bottom. Remember to control the fire so the water remains boiled nicely but is not bubbling so fiercely.
As the dumplings float on the surface, keep on boiling the water until each dumpling is filled with air and the wrapper turns transparent. Once you notice these signs, quickly transfer the dumplings to a dish.
Make sure you always keep an eye on your dumplings while boiling them. If you miss the time, once the dumplings cross the line of being well-cooked, they will start to fall apart really quickly.
How to cook pot-stickers
With medium-high temperature, heat a tablespoon of oil in a nonstick pan. As the oil is heated up, place the pot-stickers onto the pan, pleat side up.
Add 2 tablespoons of water in the pan and use the lid to cover the pan immediately. Adjust the fire to medium. Cooked with lid covered until the water completely evaporates and the potstickers are well-cooked.
Take off the lid and flip one piece of potsticker to check if its bottom side is charred. If not, adjust the fire to medium-high and continue cooking until it turns golden brown
Transfer the potstickers to your plate and start enjoying.
How to serve dumplings
Option 1: Enjoy your dumplings with Chinese black vinegar and young ginger slices.
Option 2: Mix a sauce of 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar, 1 teaspoon light soy sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Option 3: Make a dipping of Chinese black vinegar combined with a few drops fresh Chili oil.
How to freeze raw dumplings
If you cannot cook all the dumplings you make immediately, freeze them while they are still fresh and raw. It can save the dumplings’ texture or flavor.
How to do it: prepare a big and clean airtight box, lightly dust its bottom with some flour. Place the dumplings into the box, each piece is one finger’s width apart from one another. Store them in the freezer.
How to store and reheat cooked dumplings
To store the leftover boiled dumplings, place them in an airtight box and put it in the refrigerator. Try to finish them within 1 to 2 days.
To reheat cooked dumplings with your microwave, place the dumplings into a bowl, sprinkle it with a few drops of water. Cover the bowl and heat it until warm.
To reheat cooked dumplings by steaming, prepare a pot and put a tall-rimmed plate in, upside down. Add water to cover the plate. Place the bowl with dumplings on top. Heat up in high temperature until the water boils. Keep on cooking for 5 more minutes.
To pan-fry the dumplings, heat up a little oil in a nonstick pan. When the pan becomes hot, add the dumplings. Pour a tablespoon of water to the pan and cover immediately. Continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
How to Make Chinese Dumplings from Scratch https://omnivorescookbook.com/recipes/how-to-make-chinese-dumplings Accessed January 22, 2019