Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pan Fried Chinese Chives Dumplings

One of Taiwanese Snacks (台灣小吃) is called Jiu Cai He Zi (韭菜盒子) , literally the meaning is Chinese Leek in a Box  or simply Fried Chinese Leek Dumplings. Today, I did some twist in the ingredients since I don't eat pork, and instead of putting dried small shrimp, in replacement I added chopped shrimp. I added chili powder and soy sauce instead of seasoning. In the recipe, I need 500g of all purpose flour but the one I bought is only 400g. I accidentally added 100 glutinous rice powder (well, am not wearing my glasses when I look at the wrapper, Chinese characters are really hard to read...), but it came out good because the dumplings turned chewy.

Ingredients for Stuffing:
Chinese chives ( I used like 20 sleeks, chopped)
shrimp, chopped (about 10 pieces)
bean curd (tofu- 6 pieces, cubed)
eggs (2 fried and chopped)
mung bean vermicelli (I used 3 small bind, softened and chopped)

For Seasoning:
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
(Optional - seasoning powder, but I didn't use, I just season it with light soy sauce)
For the Dough:
500 g all purpose flour (I used 400g flour and 100g glutinous rice flour)
2 tablespoon soy oil (or any oil)
250 cc boiling water and 100 cc cold water
Whip and fried the egg.Chop the Chinese chives, tofu, shrimp, and egg.Soak vermicelli to soften then cut into small section.

Heat pan with 2 tablespoon of oil, saute shrimp and tofu.  Add seasoning and sprinkle water, followed by Chinese chives, vermicelli, and egg, cook until transparent. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Sift flour and combine with boiling water and oil, whisk with chopsticks until half done soft form. Add cold water and knead by hands until the dough is smooth. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for 10 - 20 minutes for fermentation.
Divide dough into small pieces, roll each into round and flat.

Put some stuffing into the wrapper and fold in half.

Cut off the edges of the wrapper to become round shape, and pinch together.

Put 2 tablespoon oil in the pan, fry the dumplings in a low heat until both sides become golden brown.

Serve with sauce of your choice.


Food Lover said...

Looks really yummy :), thanks for the great recipe.

☺lani☺ said...


FoodTripFriday said...

wow! I admired you for the time you spent preparing this food and it shows that its worth every minute of it. Lovely presentation and for sure it's yummy!

☺lani☺ said...

Thanks! I'm tying to cook from scratch as possible. So when I leave this country and I crave for their food, I know how to do it with less preservatives.
Happy Food Trip Friday!

maiylah said...

that's really great, cooking your food from scratch (plus you had to stop every now and then for that photo opp)! :)
looks delicious! this dish is similar to a Vietnamese dish, whose name i forgot (am getting thanks for sharing! :)

☺lani☺ said...

I know, it takes a lot of effort, that's why my everyday dish are just simple, I don't need to do step by step... only for those special or my favorite.

tatess said...

you really loves to cook .your dumpling looks perfect.

☺lani☺ said...

Hi, Hubby and I love to eat and discover places... then we realized it's time for us to do something in our kitchen... and I'm loving what I'm doing.

Rossel said...

thanks for the recipe. hope to do it one of these days. i like the presentation.

☺lani☺ said...

Thanks Rossel!

Newlyweds said...

nice... love the combination..a must try! yum!

iska said...

Wonderful step-by-step recipe. Looks really good, too. I once made the wrapper from scratch and never tried again haha! Time consuming but sometimes I have to. A bit difficult to find the right wrapper around sometimes....

☺lani☺ said...

Yes, although we could find all different wrappers here... out of curiousity, I tried making them.

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