Mix up your minced pork recipe ideas with these delicious Chinese style steamed pork dumplings! Don't be intimidated as they are so easy to make and full of flavour too.
I was inspired to try steamed pork dumplings after watching them being made on Masterchef. I have to admit that I had thought dumplings were a bit boring and bland but these definitely changed my mind!
What's in the Chinese pork dumplings?
Yes, these dumplings are so full of flavour. The pork mince is flavoured with garlic, chilli, ginger, ground coriander, fresh mint, peppercorns and soy sauce. They are an absolute flavour bomb! I totally understand that I may need to convince me as I have just been converted to them too.
What is the pork dumpling wrapped in?
These dumplings are wrapped in light rice paper dumpling wrappers. The wrapper just holds them together and makes them easy to dip. They are not thick and stodgy like some dumplings can be.
What's in the dipping sauce for the steamed dumplings?
I made a really simple dipping sauce with just soy sauce, sesame oil and finely sliced spring onion and chilli pepper. It's really quick and easy to make and you can make it while the dumplings are steaming.
Can you adapt these steamed pork dumplings?
You could make simple swaps to these dumplings. Minced prawns, chicken or turkey would work instead or pork.
If you're making them for children or people who don't like too much heat then you can omit the chillies from the mince. Just make two dipping sauces, one with and one without chillies in. Those who love a bit of heat can indulge that way!
If you don't have fresh mint then use a teaspoon of dried mint instead or use fresh coriander (cilantro) or parsley instead. It will alter the flavour a little but will still be delicious!
The Masterchef inspiration for these pork dumplings
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. In the end, I'm glad I did. We loved these steamed pork dumplings and I'll definitely be making them again.
Steamed Pork Dumplings Recipe
Steamed Pork Dumplings
Ingredients for the Pork Dumplings
- 300 g pork mince
- 10 rice paper pancakes
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 tbsp ginger grated
- 1 chilli pepper
- ½ tsp coriander
- 1 tsp mixed peppercorns crushed
- 1 tbsp fresh mint chopped
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp plain flour
Ingredients for the Dipping Sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- ½ spring onion finely diced
- 1 chilli pepper finely sliced
- Mix all the ingredients for the dumplings. When the mixture is well combined, form it into meatballs.
- 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 tea towel to absorb excess water. Put a meatball in the middle and wrap the pancake around it.
- Put all the dumplings in a steamer and steam for about 15 minutes.
- 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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