Dumpling Party | 餃子大總匯

It’s always fun to have a dumpling party. Here are 5 ways to fold dumplings(with VIDEOS!), 3 different dumpling fillings(including a vegan filling), and 4 ways to enjoy these dumpling babies. There’s also a recipe for homemade wrappers. Let’s have some fun!

Let’s start with the folding. There are so many ways to fold a dumpling, a lot of it depends on the way you’re planning on cooking it. Wontons, Xiaolongbaos will not be discussed in this post. This is a post for steamed dumplings, boiled dumplings, and fried dumplings.

What are the differences between wontons, xiaolongbaos and these “dumplings”? Mainly the wrappers. Wonton wrappers recipe can be the same as regular dumpling recipes but much much thinner; xiaolongbao wrapper recipes can be a bit trickier, with a certain proportion of yeast and lye to balance the texture. Regular dumpling wrappers are quite simple, just flour, salt, and warm water.

Find the recipe here:

Homemade Dumpling Wrappers

TOOLS TO GET:

CHERRY OR BLACK WALNUT DUMPLING ROLLING PIN BY KNOTTY WOODPECKER

Before we start folding, here are some FAQs:

How much filling should I put in the center?

It depends on your folding skills and the size of the skin. Start small and work your way up, push your limits till you can fold in the most amount of fillings so the dumpling doesn’t look empty.

Why the dab of water?

Water acts as the glue to your dumpling, ensuring all the creases are glued shut.

What’s the most important part of dumpling folding?

PINCHING EVERYTHING SHUT. This is especially important for boiled dumplings. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get the folds and creases beautifully, as long as you make sure everything is folded shut so you don’t end up with meatballs and noodle skin soup.

Got more questions? Leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram!


The dumplings below are arranged from the easiest to the hardest.

#1: The Rose

Super easy, one fold, and roll. Looks absolutely beautiful, but DO NOT BOIL THESE since they are not enclosed.

Suggested ways of cooking: Steamed, Pan Fried


#2: The Golden Nugget

These cute little rounds are fun to eat and easy to fold! Great for beginners.

Suggested ways of cooking: Boiled


#3: The Envelope

Suggested ways of cooking: Steamed, Pan Fried


#4: The Classic

I call this the classic because this is the way MY MOM demands how every dumpling should be folded in our house. It has to be round, should be sitting perfectly, and has three folds on each side. The trick is to pinch them with your thumb and index finger and create a crescent at the end of the dumpling folding.

Suggested ways of cooking: Steamed, Pan Fried, Boiled


#5: The Lotus Leaf

This method is often used to identify vegan or vegetarian dumplings and most commonly seen steamed. This one can be trickier to fold, but it’s so cute.

Suggested ways of cooking: Steamed, Pan Fried


Vegan dumplings with Homemade Mala Hot Sauce

Fillings

We’re including beef, pork, and my mom’s special vegan dumplings. This list is probably going to grow as the blog grows, but here’s one of everything for everybody. Meat fillings are the easiest to fold because they stick together and can be formed into a ball; the vegan version is trickier for the moisture control- you want it to be juicy but not soggy.

ROSE DUMPLING WITH CILANTRO BEEF FILLING | 香菜牛肉玫瑰餃

PORK AND CABBAGE DUMPLINGS | 高麗菜豬肉水餃

MOM’S SPECIAL VEGAN DUMPLINGS | 家傳純素水餃


Ways of Cooking Dumplings

There’s straightforward boiling and steaming. There’s also creating a dumpling soup or gyoza(Fried dumplings) with crisp skirt. Find recipes here:

TAIWANESE DUMPLING SOUP | 紅燒湯餃

GYOZA WITH CRISP SKIRT | 冰花煎餃

What else do you want to know about dumplings? Leave a comment or send me a message! I’ll be happy to answer them.

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