Simple Spicy Pork Dumplings

I have been on a complete Chinese food kick over this past weekend!  I haven’t had any dinner guests over since the holiday and made a few Chinese meals in a weekend for different people…family, friends….etc!  I was looking for a tasty appetizer….and looking for a way to make it as simple as possible.

When I am about a buy a cookbook, I look at the recipes.  If the ingredients are too hard to get or obscure, I won’t buy the cookbook.  I live in Northern Pennsylvania and if I can’t get those ingredients, there’s no reason for that book to be in my home.  All of these ingredients are simple and the Thai chili is optional, if you don’t have access to one or if you want to dial down the spice.  Fresh Thai chilis are the best, and are so easy to find at my local farmers market when they are in season.  I buy a huge amount of them and freeze them and they last such a long time.  As far as won ton wrappers, they are easy to find in your produce section, or you can go to an Asian specific store and pick up the round dumpling wrappers.  If you don’t have access to Ponzu sauce…you can look up ways to make it on your own.  Ponzu usually has other ingredients in it besides vinegar and citrus…such as sake and bonito if you don’t have access, feel free to combine soy sauce with citrus and some sake if you have it as a temporary substitute.  Enjoy every minute of these dumplings!  Color your takeout with <3!

Simple Spicy Pork Dumplings

1 lb ground pork

1 pack of won ton wrappers

4 tbsp olive oil (for frying)

1 cup water

4 green onions (sliced)

1 Thai chili (finely chopped)

1 tbsp hoisin sauce

1 tbsp ginger (finely grated)

4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

4 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

3 tbsp sesame oil

1 egg (beaten)

1 egg on the side (to dip brush to brush on won ton wrappers)

1/2 ponzu sauce

2 green onions (sliced) to sprinkle on top of the dumplings

Combine the raw pork, green onions, Thai chili, hoisin sauce,ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and egg and set aside.

Take the won ton wrappers and paint the sides of them using the brush with the egg and put in 2 tsp of the pork mixture.  Bring the 4 sides of the won ton wrapper together and seal each side like an envelope and bring all sides together to it seals at the top.  The egg will bind it together and during the cooking process.

Turn on the stove, and get a saute pan hot.  Pour in the olive oil and when it’s sizzling, put in the wrapped dumplings at medium heat and cover for 2 minutes.  Pour in 1/4 cup water to steam and cover for 2 minutes (creates the top of the dumpling to look translucent).

Enjoy and color your takeout with <3




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