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Homemade Chinese Pork Dumplings

This is a big undertaking if you are making these alone, so I definitely recommend pulling in a friend or roommate to help! While I opted to make the dough from scratch, for a more edible product you are likely better off just buying some pre-made dumpling wrappers.

I tried cooking these both steamed and fried- unless you are able to make your dough super thin, it’s probably better just to fry them up. Additionally, I wish I had added more salt/flavoring to the dough because with the additional thickness it was pretty bland.

Despite all this, I was actually pleasantly surprised about how these turned out! They didn’t even make it to meal prep before being gobbled up.

Dumpling Ingredients and Final Product
46% Carbs
34% Fat

Ingredients Amount Cost (USD) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) Calories (kcal)
Flour 2.5 cup $0.23 30g 220g 0g 1100 cal
Green Onion 3 green onion $0.26 3g 6g 0g 15 cal
Ground Pork 1 pound $4.50 70g 0g 90g 700 cal
Fresh Ginger 0.25 inch $0.05 0g 0g 0g 4 cal
Mirin 2 tbsp $0.40 0g 18g 0g 70 cal
Napa Cabbage 3 leaf $1.20 1g 3g 0g 15 cal
Salt 2 tsp $0.02 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Pepper 2 tsp $0.06 0g 0g 0g 2 cal
Fresh Garlic 3 clove $0.10 1g 3g 0g 12 cal
Sesame Oil 0.33 tbsp $0.12 0g 0g 4g 43 cal
Vegetable Oil 7 tbsp $0.36 0g 0g 95g 910 cal
Soy Sauce 3 tbsp $0.60 3g 3g 0g 45 cal
Rice Vinegar 3 tbsp $0.50 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Total - - $8.41 107g 253g 190g 2916 cal
Total/Meal — — $0.28 4g 8g 6g 97 cal

I have to admit, I didn’t count how many dumplings were made. However, I divided the dough into 4 sections and my best guess is that I got 10 dumplings from each section. Either way, I decided to stay conservative and calculate based on 30 dumplings. With that assumption, its about .28 cents and 97 calories per dumpling.

Step 1

Start off by boiling 1 cup of water. This was the first time I have used hot water in my baking and I found the texture that was derived from the addition made this dough perfect for dumplings. I can’t tell you why but I guess this step is important.

Add the boiling water to two cups of flour and stir until mixed.

Adding hot water to the flour

Step 2

Next, add a half a cup of room temperature water and knead on the counter. Cover your hands and the working surface in flour and knead until the dough is fully formed and slightly sticky. Give it a quick poke, just for fun.

Let the dough rest while you continue with the next steps.

Finished Dumpling Dough

Step 3

Chop your green onions, garlic, and cabbage. Take the napa cabbage and use a cloth to squeeze out the excess water.

Chopped green onion and chopped/dried napa cabbage

Step 4

In a large bowl, add the seasonings, garlic, green onion, napa cabbage, and ground pork. Use your hand or spatula to fully mix these ingredients together to form the filling of your dumplings.

Mixing ingredients to form the filling for the pork dumplings

Step 5

Once your filling is made, take your rested dough, re-knead, and divide it into four equal sections.

Divided dumpling dough

Step 6

Use the palms of your hands to roll out one section of dough into a line. USe a knife to chop this line into 10 even sections.

Use your hands or a rolling-pin to flatten out each section of dough into a small circle. Make this circle as thin as possible: you may need to add additional flour to prevent sticking.

Repeat this process for each section of dough.

Rolling and Dividing the Dumpling Dough

Step 7

Take a small amount of the filling (about 1 tbsp) and add it to the inside of the dumpling circle. Use your hands to hold the dumpling like a taco and pinch the seams together with your index finger and thumb, folding along the crease.

I’m definitely not an expert in dumpling-folding so my best suggestion is just ot try to seal them as best as possible.

Rolling the Dumplings

Step 8

You can choose to skip this step if you are planning on frying your dumplings and move to step 9.

I used my rice cooker to act as a steamer for the dumplings. I added the uncooked dumplings to the steaming tray and set my rice cooker to steam for about 15 minutes. If you do not have a steamer you can always boil a pot of water and use a tray to hold the dumplings above the steam.

Uncooked dumplings and Steaming dumplings

Step 9

In order to fry the dumplings, add the oil to a pan over high heat. Add the dumplings to the heated pan, ensuring that the dumpling is cooked thoroughly (about 8-10 minutes).

Dumplings Frying

And there you have it! They aren’t particularly pretty, and I’m sure you can add your own improvements, but it gets the job done:

Finished Dumplings