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Chinese Dumpling Wrappers

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!

Chinese Dumplings

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

cold water (enough to form dough)

Directions:

  1. Combine flour and salt
  2. Add just enough cold water to form a ball
  3. Wrap dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or freeze for later).
  4. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a little less than 1/4 inch thick
  5. 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)
  6. Place a small portion of your dumpling filling (My Chinese Chicken Dumpling Filling) into the center of the circle of dough.
  7. 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

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