Recipe: Pork Belly Dumplings

Pork Belly Dumplings are absolutely delicious and so easy to make at home, as I found out from my friend, Zue at Allergy Mummy. I saw her making them on Snapchat and was so in awe that she offered to show me how quick and easy they were to make…so easy that her little boy often makes them with her! So grab some ingredients (and your little helpers if you have them) and let’s get cooking…

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  • Prep time: 45 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins
  • Serves: as many people as you want to share with (about 30 dumplings)
  • Calories per serving: depends how good you are at sharing πŸ˜‰

What You’ll Need

  • Pork belly – 500g
  • Garlic clove – 2
  • Chinese leaf lettuce – 1
  • Cornflour – 1 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Soy sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Wonton Pastry – 1 pack of 30 sheets (sold at most large supermarkets, we used this brand)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

Pork Belly Filling

  1. Β Start by slicing the pork belly into 3cm chunks and chopping the lettuce into thin strips
  2. Peel and crush the garlic cloves and combine with the pork and lettuce in a food processor
  3. Blend the mixture until it looks like mince, then add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornflour

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Forming the Dumplings

  1. Grab a small bowl of water that you can dip your fingers in
  2. With dry hands, take a sheet of wonton pastry in the palm of one hand (ideally your non-dominant hand)
  3. Scoop about half a tablespoon of the minced meat mixture into the centre of the sheet
  4. Dip a finger (or small brush) in the bowl of water and line a finger-width along two adjacent sides of the pastry
  5. Quickly fold the pastry diagonally to form a triangle, so that each of the two dry sides touch the damp sides – the water helps the pastry stick together
  6. Now you should have a triangle with a lump of mince in it πŸ™‚
  7. Take the two opposite edges of the triangle and touch them together, laying one of top of the other – again use a drop of water on your finger to make them stick
  8. Voila – our first dumpling! As you can imagine, this can be easily mastered and kids will enjoy getting involved. Carry on until you have used all sheets/mince.

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Cooking the Dumplings

  1. Heat up some oil in a frying pan or pot, I’d recommend using a deep pot to minimise splashing. Make sure you use enough oil to have at least an inch of depth
  2. Don’t have the heat too high as you want to fry the dumplings quite slowly to make sure the insides are cooked
  3. Fry the dumplings in batches depending on the size of your pan, they can be close together but need enough space to be evenly submerged in the oil
  4. Remove once they get to a golden brown colour and let sit to cool for a few seconds
    [Tip: Place fried dumplings on aΒ  sheet of kitchen roll to soak up the excess oil]
  5. Serve and enjoy! They are delicious with hot sauce – sharing is optional πŸ˜€

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Now I promise I did actually help with the cooking, believe me it was a lot more fun than taking pictures πŸ˜€ What’s your favourite dish to make with friends and family? Let me know in the comments below!

Chat soon,
Lou xx

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27 thoughts on “Recipe: Pork Belly Dumplings

  1. This has me like… Whoa!! I have such a love for dumplings but have never made them thinking they would never come out like they do at my favorite Chinese Restaurant (which is no longer open πŸ™ *le sigh*) This looks easy enough to give me the courage I need to attempt making them! Thank you πŸ˜‰

    1. You absolutely should try it, believe me! It’s surprisingly easy and you can make them exactly the way you like. Plus you get to taste test every batch on the way to perfect dumplings πŸ˜‰ Thanks for reading xx

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