I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Adam Liaw‘s Asian Cookery School book from the wonderful Hachette publishing and after having a flick through (and ear-marking 90% of the recipes) my partner Sim and I decided to give his boiled dumpling recipe a go! Now the recipe calls for pork mince and I’m a vegetarian so we split the mixture in two and made one lot of pork dumplings and one lot of mushroom. Divine!
Sim is definitely the keeper of the keys in our kitchen so all credit goes to her for whipping up the vegetarian mixture for my portion of dumplings. All she did was finely chop 7 buttom mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, ginger, garlic and spring onions, and pop them all together in a bowl. Next, cover the bowl with cling film and pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Once the ingredients have cooled down, add one egg and 2 tablespoons of ricotta to thicken the vegie mixture and give it something to hold onto. Make sure you don’t add the ricotta & egg while the mixture is still warm or it’ll scramble! (something I would have done if it weren’t for Sim’s guidance). Then, continue on with Adam’s recipe as stated in his book.
This recipe is super easy and the only time-consuming part is securing the dumpling mixture in their individual wrapper, which is the part I personally enjoy the most! The result of our labour was so tasty and so satisfying that Sim and I barely spoke during dinner.
Adam’s recipe makes approximately 75 dumplings and our mixture made about 50, so we cooked them all and popped the leftovers in the freezer to keep for the next few days. Who am I kidding? I’ll probably go and heat some up when I finish writing this post. Drool.
Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School cookbook is available to purchase at all great Australian bookstores or you can find it through his website. Adam also has a YouTube channel where he shares delicious recipes and cooking tips for those of us who need a hand with our Asian cookery skills.
Share your favourite dumpling recipe with me in the comments below, I’m thinking dumpling wrappers could be an essential item on our weekly shopping list!