Perfect Dumplings for Chinese New Year in a tiny SoHo Kitchen

Ring in the New Lunar Year this Wednesday with Dumplings
Known as food for good luck, fortune and prosperity, every Chinese New Year spread will include home-made dumplings

My Little SoHo Kitchen Dumplings in NY

For those who don’t have the confidence of making their own pastry dough for dumplings, here is a cheat’s version.
Traditionalists- don’t scoff and scorn at these slightly simpler dumplings – they are equally tasty and perfect for a tiny kitchen in New Year when you don’t have the bench-space

This recipe is from my book, My Little SoHo Kitchen

Dumplings with Pickled Cucumbers
Makes at least 24 Dumplings

Ground pork 150 g (51/3 oz)
Ginger 2.5-cm (1-in) knob, peeled and finely grated
Spring onions (scallions) 1 tsp, finely chopped
Cold water 2 Tbsp + more for sealing
Light soy sauce 1 tsp + more for dipping
Fresh prawns (shrimps) 150 g (51/3 oz), shelled
and diced
Cabbage a handful, finely shredded
Dumplings wrappers at least 24
Olive oil for pan-frying

Pickled cucumber
Cucumber 1  
Salt to taste
Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and pounded
Red chilli 1, thinly sliced
Vinegar to taste

1. Mix pork with ginger and spring onions. Add cold water and soy sauce, followed by prawns and cabbage. Mix well and refrigerate for about 15 minutes to let it steep in the marinade.
2. Spoon about 2 tsps filling into a Dumplings wrapper. Ensure filling is compact before folding the wrapper over. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with some cold water. Seal one end of the Dumplings first, then form pleats from the sealed end until filling is securely enclosed. Repeat until pork mix is used up. These dumplings can be kept frozen for about a month.
3. Heat oil a large non-stick pan. When hot, add dumplings. Add enough water so that the liquid is less than halfway up the Dumplings. Cover and cook for 10–15 minutes. Once the water has evaporated, continue to cook until the base of the Dumplings turn a golden brown colour.
4. Serve with pickled cucumber and soy sauce.

Pickled Cucumber
1. Wash cucumber and remove alternating strips of peel.
2. Thinly slice cucumber. Sprinkle salt all over and leave in a colander to marinate for about 30 minutes.
3. Rinse off residual salt under cold running water and drain well.
4. Mix cucumber slices with garlic and chilli. Top with vinegar.
5. Let it sit for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, before serving.

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