Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers

Happy Chinese New Year ~~ Year of the Dragon ~~ Gung Hay Fat Choy!!! 新年快樂

IMG_2437eMaisie is my dumpling loving girl and how could I have her celebrate Chinese New Year without her beloved dumplings.  But now with her food allergies to wheat, egg whites and milk, I’ve had to find new ways of making her favorite foods so enter, dumplings made with rice paper wrappers.  I didn’t have to make any changes to my filling recipe, it was only replacing the traditional wheat based dumpling wrapper with the rice paper wrapper.  I couldn’t make traditional shaped dumplings so I tried cigar and rectangular shaped and both worked out well as far as wrapping went.  I then tried steaming the dumplings and though they were wonderful, the wrapper just didn’t want to stay on so I tried pan frying and it was a success.  The dumplings were absolutely delicious and we all love them so these are the dumplings which the Cook Lisa Cook household will be enjoying from now on.  I made a huge tray of dumplings, fried them all up and then on a Silpat lined baking sheet I froze them (don’t allow them to touch one another.)  I then was able to transfer the fully cooked individually frozen dumplings to FoodSaver zipper bags and then I vacuumed out all the air using my FoodSaver .  This way whenever Maisie wants some dumplings I can easily pull out as many as she wants and heat them up and then easily seal up the rest so to keep them fresh and freezer burn-free.     

IMG_2438e Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers

2.3 pounds ground pork
1.5 pounds Napa cabbage, shredded
3 TBS fresh grated ginger
6 large scallions, whites & greens sliced
12 TBS soy sauce 
3 TBS Shaoxing wine
3 TBS sesame oil 
1 package rice paper wrappers, round 16 cm

In a large bowl combine the ground pork, shredded cabbage, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine and sesame oil and mix well.  To make the dumplings, one by one quickly soak a rice paper round in some warm water until pliable.  Lay the wrapper on a work surface and place some of the pork mixture in the center of the round.  Fold the rice paper around the pork as you would for an egg roll or wrap sandwich.  Lay the wrapped dumpling on a Silpat or oiled parchment paper lined baking sheet.  When ready to fry, heat a very thin layer of peanut oil (or oil of your choice) in a large fry pan.  Fry up both sides of the dumpling until the pork is cooked through and the wrapper is golden brown. 

Serve with Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup seasoned soy sauce for seafood (bottle will say "ideal for steamed fish")
3 TBS Shaoxing wine or rice wine
1 TBS rock sugar
2  teaspoons grated peeled ginger root
1 clove garlic, minced finely 
1 small chili pepper, thinly sliced into "coins"
4 TBS cilantro, medium chopped
1 scallion thinly sliced, mostly into rings and then some longer thin strips from the green end

In a pot over medium heat stir everything but the scallion together until the sugar melts and then allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in scallion.  Allow to cool.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  I have kept this for a month and it's still great.  (I usually double this one as it keeps for so long)



  1. Those look yummy. I'm going to have to try them. Happy New Year to you guys.

  2. I am so glad you made these. I was just moaning about not being able to have dumplings anymore. I had no idea there were rice wrappers. I must search and see if I can find any locally! Thanks and Happy New Year!!

  3. Happy New Year! I am so excited to find a gluten free Dumpling recipe. Thank you for sharing. Just incase - check your soy sauce to make sure it does not have wheat.

  4. Happy Chinese New Year! I would love for you to share this great pork recipe on Allergy Free Wednesdays if you get a chance:

  5. What a clever easy way to make gluten-free dumplings!

  6. G*d Bless you!! I have ton's of rice wrappers from making summer rolls and my hubby prefers "hot" food so now I know what to do with them. I'm so excited to give this a try. My Chinese son is going to flip when I make these for his birthday on Sunday.

  7. I think this recipe must have been written for me! Why oh why did I never think to try the rice wrappers as a replacement?! i am so excited to try these...I am a nut for Asian food! Thanks for sharing on Allergy Free Wednesdays!

  8. I agree with Tessa! I even have rice wrappers in my pantry. My pour husband has gone without yummy dumplings for years and all the while I could have been making them for him. Thanks for heading up this gf version for the rest of the world :)

    And thanks for sharing at Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

  9. Mmmmmm....dumlpings. We're huge fans of dumplings too here. This recipe sounds great. I like the rice paper substitute. I need to try that.

    Great minds think alike! I'm celebrating Chinese New Year too. I served Sesame Noodles.

    I host a foodie meme called Friday Food Fight. I would love for you to link up and share your dumpling recipe. Hope to see you in the ring! :-)

  10. My mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  11. wow, that's absolutely perfect, looks really delicious! thanks for sharing your recipe. visiting from FTF, have a great weekend! :)

  12. the pork dumplings looks very delish :-) makes me drool too. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from FTF, hope that you can return the visit too.

  13. Hi Lisa,
    Your Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers look so good I actually reached to the screen thinking I might have one. These are awesome and Happy New Year to you and your family! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I love it, it looks so yummy.... my diet will be ruin LOL mine is here thanks Sahm’s Dining Diary

  15. this is absolute one of my favorite specially with a good dipping sauce!!!

  16. I was thinking of featuring this recipe, but I noticed there was no link back to the blog hop...a requirement! (Allergy Free Wednesdays)

  17. Sound delicious. Thank's for sharing the recipe:)

    Visiting for FTF! Hope you can stop by:)

  18. I made these tonight and it was sooooo delicious and super easy to make! We all loved it! and it was so filling! I halved the recipe and it made 9 nice egg roll sized dumplings. I found my wrappers at AJ's supermarket, they keep them next to the sushi bar.
    Thanks for posting this recipe!

  19. Tried these tonight. Didn't really like the texture of the rice wrapper after it was pan fried. But the filing was fantastic. I'm gonna have to find another kind of wrapper.

  20. Hey Lisa, How do you reheat the dumplings after you've frozen them? Thanks!

  21. Lisa, soy sauce has wheat in it. Better to use Tamari sauce (soy sauce without wheat) - I am gf and found out the hard way.

  22. And to the commenter above, unless it is Tamari sauce, all soy sauce contains wheat.

  23. we have gluten free soy sauce in Australia, it's just called gluten free soy sauce but we also have tamari as well :)

  24. you can also get gluten free soy sauce , it's specially made to be gluten free...

  25. we have gluten free soy sauce in Australia, it's just called gluten free soy sauce but we also have tamari as well :)

  26. This recipe sounds great for lunch for qf friend, can I make them an hour ahead and fry at the last minute? Would the rice paper wrapper go soggy? Thanks Michele

  27. Hi Lisa, This recipe sounds great and works for a GF friend, but can I assemble them about an hour ahead of time, then refrigerate, and fry just after they arrive? Would the rice paper get soggy? I've done it with wonton wrappers. Thanks Michele


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