Difficulty Level Easy
After the big shopping expedition last week to the Asian market with my daughter, son, and my son's girlfriend, we had some dim sum. The three of them are vegetarians so we didn't get anything with meat, which was fine with me, because sometimes I'm just not sure what kind of meat it is in those little dumplings. We ordered something called "flavoured tofu", but none of us could figure out what the flavour was supposed to be. We have made dim sum in the past and agreed that we could do better than what we were eating.
We reconvened later in the week to make our own dim sum banquet. This was a bit of a time consuming venture. It took three hours for three, actually 2 1/2 of us (I had dental work done in the afternoon and wasn't very productive in the kitchen) to make this dinner but we were in no rush. For us it was three hours of cooking, laughing and listening to great music. I have a small kitchen and we have never actually cooked a whole meal with the three of us in the kitchen at the same time. Hugh usually takes the cooking lead, and he can be a bit of a tyrant in the kitchen, but this was Emma's evening. Emma and I agreed that making Hugh a sous chef made for a much more harmonious work situation.
Hugh's girlfriend Becca joined us after work and we sat down to a feast of egg rolls, spring onion pancakes, pot-stickers and mango salad. Everything was delicious, but we liked the spring onion pancakes the best. However, three days later, we were still talking about how good the pot-stickers were. After much thought I decided to share the pot-sticker recipe with readers. We made both a meat and a vegetarian version of these. We didn't have any cabbage, but we had so many other vegetables that we just chopped a bunch of stuff like asparagus and ramps to use as filling. We used won ton wrappers and they worked just fine.
|3/4 pound||ground pork or other meat|
|1 cup||minced cabbage|
|2 tablespoons||minced ginger|
|1 tablespoon||minced garlic|
|6||scallions, the white and green parts separated, both minced|
|1/2 cup||plus 2 tablespoons good soy sauce|
|1||egg, lightly beaten in a bowl|
|4 tablespoons||peanut oil or vegetable oil, more or less|
|1/4 cup||rice vinegar or white vinegar|
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