It is amazing what you can do with a little bit of flour. Since I got married, I have been cooking and baking to my heart’s content and it never ceases to amaze me what you can do with a few standard ingredients. I guess that is one of the reasons why cooking is so fascinating to me. You can do so much and be so creative. I had made Chicken Dumplings, a while ago, using store-bought wrappers. Chinese New Year just recently passed (Hello Rabbits!) and I decided to make this dish again, along with Char Sui Pork. Five months of marriage and cooking has really increased my skills in cooking. I have learned so much just by my daily explorations of the kitchen. Therefore, I decided there is absolutely no reason for me not to make my own dumpling wrappers. How hard can they be? I have made knishes, pierogies, oven sandwiches and so many other dishes already that require me to roll out dough and fill it. Why not give it a try.
So, I looked up Dumpling wrappers and was surprised at how simple the recipe was. Flour + Salt + Water = Wrappers! Best part, there are so many ways to prep dumplings for future enjoyment. You can freeze the dough and the filling separately, freeze pre-cut dumpling wrappers or actually make the individual dumplings and freeze them on a tray (and once frozen place them in a bag). So ideally, there is no reason, why I can’t have my favorite dumplings any time I want!
1 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
cold water (enough to form dough)
- Combine flour and salt
- Add just enough cold water to form a ball
- Wrap dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or freeze for later).
- On a floured surface, roll out dough to a little less than 1/4 inch thick
- Using glass or large biscuit cutter, cut out circles. (If you are saving the wrappers for later, stack these circles with a dusting of flour between each circle and wrap in saran wrap)
- Place a small portion of your dumpling filling (My Chinese Chicken Dumpling Filling) into the center of the circle of dough.
- With some warm water, wet edges of the dough and fold in half to seal.
This link is an awesome quick video on how to wrap your dumplings: How to Wrap a Dumpling