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Easy Pork and Chicken Siomai Dumplings

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Homemade chicken and pork siomai dumplings

Homemade chicken and pork siomai dumplings

Dumplings are not only delicious, they're also quite versatile. You can eat them as appetizers, put them in soups, or serve them with rice and noodles.

They are also a great way to sneak some vegetables into your kids' diet because you can incorporate several vegetables in them, yet they'll still be mouthwateringly good.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 kilo ground chicken
  • 1/4 kilo ground lean pork
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 2 stalks leeks, minced
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 cups chicken broth or water, for steaming
  • 1 pack wonton wrappers
Filling for chicken and pork dumplings

Filling for chicken and pork dumplings

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients together.
  2. Use a tablespoon to scoop the filling into each wonton wrapper. Seal the dumplings carefully to keep the filling inside.
  3. Apply some oil on the steamer so your dumplings will not stick to it. Pour the broth or water into the steamer. Steam the dumplings for 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce. I recommend soy sauce with calamansi juice (see my recipe below).

Easy Siomai Sauce

Here's an easy but tasty dipping sauce for your dumplings. You just need:

  • 250 grams chili
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 250 ml olive oil
  • soy sauce (as desired)
  • calamansi juice (as desired)

Enjoy!

History of Dumplings

The first dumplings were invented in China. They were regarded as a symbol of prosperity and wealth. Dumplings are often eaten during the Chinese New Year because they represent good luck and fortune.

The first known dumplings are believed to have been made from ground or mashed yellow peas and flour dough, a mixture similar to what is called glutinous rice in China. The dough was wrapped around a piece of pork or mutton and steamed in baskets or bowls. For the first known vegetarian dumpling, the date palm was used instead of mutton.

Tasty dumplings

Tasty dumplings

Types of Dumplings

  • Steamed dumplings are made from batter or dough that are steamed in a very thin wrapper until they become fluffy and light over the heat source like a steamer or a pot of boiling water. They are served in soup or sauce.
  • Boiled dumplings are made from batter or dough that is boiled until they become fluffy and light over the heat source like a pot of boiling water. They are usually boiled in water or broth before eating, and they are served in soup, broth, gravy, etc.
  • Baked dumplings are made from batter or dough that is baked until they become fluffy and light over the heat source like a dish of biscuits. They are served in soup, broth, etc.
  • Fried dumplings are made from batter or dough that is fried usually with flour as well as an egg yolk or beaten egg whites. They can also be deep-fried in fat such as vegetable oil, lard, etc. They are served with a sauce on top of them or dipped in sauce.
  • Stuffed dumplings are made from batter or dough wrapped around a filling such as ground meat, finely chopped vegetables, fruit, etc. They are boiled and served with a sauce on top of them.
  • Pan-fried dumplings are made from batter or dough that is lightly fried usually lightly dredged with flour as well as an egg yolk or beaten egg whites. They can also be deep-fried in fat such as vegetable oil, lard, etc. The filling is typically minced meat, vegetables, and spices (such as chives and ground ginger), with an optional egg yolk.
Invent your own filling!

Invent your own filling!

Different Fillings

Dumplings are a popular dish in many cultures, with their fillings varying from region to region. The most common dumpling fillings are meat, seafood, and vegetables. The most famous dumpling is the Chinese jiaozi, which is usually filled with pork and cabbage. In Japan, the most popular filling for dumplings is minced shrimp. The Japanese also have a wide variety of other types of dumplings such as gyoza and okonomiyaki.