Recipe for coloured dumplings (literally translated as rainbow dumplings), I got the recipe in Chinese and have done a loose translation of it. I’ve left the Chinese recipe in case some of you reading this blog reads Mandarin.
For the skin:
100ml of spinach juice
100ml of carrot juice
50g of cocoa powder
300g shrimp diced up
5 stalks of asparagus
100g winter bamboo shoots
Meat: 300g of beef or pork
300 grams of Chinese mushrooms (soak for 15-20mins in water)
1 carrot (grated)
Half a cabbage (sliced and diced into little pieces)
2 egg flour wrappers
(Directions: wash the mushrooms and vegetables and chop them finely.)
MSG (The Chinese love it, but I’ll recommend doing without)
onion & ginger (chopped finely)
5 spices powder,
– I’ll modify this recipe by adding some pepper and maybe a tablespoon of rice wine.
The rest of this is common sense, so I’m going to do a loose translation and as usual improvise (my mother’s approach to cooking has always been to be creative, something I inherited given my spontaneous and random habits)
1. Add water to the flour slowly till you get a sticky dough continue to knead and add a little more flour, let it sit in a bowl and cover it with cling warp.
2. work on the seasoning of all the fillings – add the condiments and mix well.
3. take the dough and pull off a portion and roll it into a decent looking tube
4. slice off about an inch of the tube and use the rolling pin to flatten it out. make sure the centre has depth and the edges are rolled thinner
5. use a teaspoon and put in the fillings in the middle
6. Put on a pot of water to boil while you’re filling the dumplings
7. Throw in the dumplings
8. When they start floating, take them out
A more spicy Sichuan type of sauce also goes great with the dumplings, add dried chillies, chili oil, some sugar and salt (in place of MSG) and vinegar to taste and you’ve got a decent sauce.
I admit this isn’t very instructive or the best recipe, try out what works for you and if all else fails and you’re feeling helpless, pray to the jiaozi deity, well okay the Kitchen Deity that exist in Taoist stories. (We use to have an altar at home for him till my mother turned new age.)