William and I can not get enough of animated movies, so, when the new Kung Fu Panda came out, we were first in line! During the entire movie, plump panda and friends were eating dumplings–dumplings for breakfast, dumplings for lunch, and dumplings for dinner. The next day I needed to get me some dumplings and was lucky enough to stumble across a dumpling food truck at the farmer’s market–how juiced was I!
Needless to say, I have been a little dumpling crazy this past week. I knew I wanted to try making these little cuties myself. After scouring the internet, I found a recipe that looked like something delicious and, more importantly, something that I could actually cook. The recipe is from epicurious.com . The ingredients were easy to find at my local supermarket, the filling was simple to mix together, but the dough on the other hand was a challenge.
The ingredients are simple enough: flour and salt, mix together, and boom, you have dough. The challenging part is rolling out each individual round of dough and then having to fill and pinch each one into a perfect little dumpling. I made about six this way, and then I got lazy. The rest didn’t look as pretty, but tasted just as delicious and, when cooking for myself and boyfriend, that’s what really matters.
I will definitely be making these again, but won’t be making the dough myself. For such simple ingredients, I don’t feel guilty buying pre-made wrappers. It was satisfying to know that I made the dumplings from scratch, but I don’t think that the handmade dough really added to the flavor of the dish.
All of the dishes in this post were purchased at The Wok Shop. This is one of my favorite spots in San Francisco to get unique bowels and plates. They are located in China Town on Grant street.