Inspired by Masterchef: Steamed Pork Dumplings

I’ve just got back from a long weekend away so this post is very very late.  Everyone will have forgotten all about this episode by the time I get around to posting.  Masterchef has already finished and I still have one more post to do too.    Well, this dish is inspired by  Jackie, the vegetarian with a love of Asian street food.  So why have they got meat in?   Well, for one of her last dishes she made three dumplings – 2 vegetarian ones and one pork one.    The judges liked the vegetarian ones better.   So again, why the pork?   Well,  I have to be completely honest here.   I just couldn’t remember what stuffing had been used for the other dumplings.   Not a great reason I know, but I also felt like using pork.   Again, my logic may  not quite make sense but I am not a huge fan of dumplings.   I think it’s the soft texture and lack of crispiness.   Even so, I would happily make these again.   They were full of flavour and the rice pancakes made them lighter than a doughy dumpling would have been.

Next weekend I will be posting my last Inspired by Masterchef recipe for this series, but I am planning to do the same for future series’.


300g pork

10 rice paper pancakes

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1 knob of ginger, finely diced

1 chilli pepper, finely diced

1/2 tsp coriander

1 tsp mixed peppercorns, crushed

1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tbsp plain flour

Dipping Sauce

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1/2  spring onion, finely diced

1 Chilli pepper, finely sliced

How to make Steamed Pork Dumplings

1.Mix all the ingredients for the dumplings.   When the mixture is well combined, form it into meatballs.

2. Fill a bowl with warm water.  Put in one of the rice paper pancakes.  When it is soft and pliable take it out.  Use a teatowel to absorb excess water.  Put a meatball in the middle and wrap the pancake around it.

3. Put all the dumplings in a steamer and steam for about 15 minutes.

4. While the dumplings are steaming prepare the dipping sauce.  Mix all the ingredients together.   Taste and then adjust and seasonings if necessary.

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