Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dumpling soup

I had some leftover minced meat from making another dish for mother's day celebration.

So decided to make them into dumpling soup for dinner. All i need is to pop down to NTUC and get myself a packet of dumpling skin, 1 packet of fresh medium sized prawns and a packed of xiao bai chye.

What do you need?
- 1/2 packet of xiao bai chye
- 1 packet of dumpling skin (cost $0.80, 13 pieces)

For fillings
- 1/2 - 3/4 packet of minced meat (1 pkt cost around $2.50 - $3)
- 13 prawns (shelled and gutted, keep shells and head for making soup)
- 3 water chestnut (peel, diced)
- 1/2 handful of dried scrimps (soaked and diced)
- 2 dried mushroom (soaked and diced)
- seasoning (1/2 tbsp of oyster sauce, 1 tbsp of soya sauce, 1 tbsp of sesame seed oil, 2 tbsp of chinese wine, pepper)
- 1 tbsp of starch flour

How to make the prawn soup
Heat pot with oil (abt 1 tbsp), fry prawn head and shells until it turns red.

Continue to stir fry for at least 3-5mins untils its dry and fragrant. Add 1/2 tbsp of soya sauce into pot and let it sizzle.
Add 5 cups of water.

Reduce heat to low, simmer prawn soup for 30 mins. Reduced soup to around 3 cups (1.5 cup per bowl)

How to prepare the fillings
In a bowl, place minced meat and add starch powder and water.
Mix and toss minced meat until it has a starchy and sticky texture.

In another bowl, add water chestnut, dried scrimps, dried mushroom and seasonings. Combine well and add to minced meat. Mix well.

For full details of the techniques, see makings of filling for Rou Bao

How to make dumplings
Divide minced meat into 13 portions (as i only have 13 dumpling skins).
Wrap minced meat and 1 prawn in each dumpling skin.
Seal the sides of the dumpling skin with water or egg white.

Bring water to boil in another pot, add 1/2 tbsp of cooking oil and a pinch of salt into the water.
When water is boiling, add dumplings and cook dumplings until the dumplings are cooked.
How do you know when the dumplings are cooked?
The dumplings will float to the water surface.

Fish dumplings into bowl directly.
Fish prawn head and shells from the prawn soup.
Add xiao bai chai. Cook xiao bai chye for 2 mins.
Scoop xiao bai chye and prawn soup into the bowl containing the dumplings.

You can replace dried mushroom with dried black fungus.
Soak dried balck fungus and cut into strips

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