How to Make Chinese Dumplings! Part -1 (Episode – 89)

Chef John and Rebeca prepare Chinese style pork dumpling filling. It seems like a lot of work but man oh man, this is so worth it.

For the filling:

5 cups napa cabbage, rough chopped
12-16 oz ground pork
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP olive oil (plus extra to pan fry if desired)
1 TBSP dry sherry (NOT cooking sherry – too salty)
1 TBSP hoisin sauce
1 TBSP grated ginger
1/4 – 1/2 tsp groung white pepper
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (optional)

Cabbage….pulse cabbage in food processor until very fine, remove to a bowl and add 1/2 tsp salt, mix well and set aside at least 10 mins. Dump cabbage into non-terry towel or triple layers of paper towels, gather edges of towel and squeeze cabbage to remove excess liquid – this stuff has a lot of water! Place drained cabbage in amall bowl, set it aside.

PORK PROCESSING….pulse pork until sticky, then add olive oil, veg oil, ginger, soy sauce, dry sherry, hoisin, pepper and 1/2 tsp salt (optional). Pulse until well mixed, about 7-8 pulses.

COME TOGETHER….sprinkle drained, squeezed cabbage over meat mixture, add green onions and jalapenos, pulse until even mixed. Transfer this to a square cassarole dish, mark it into 4 equal portions, cover with plastic and chill until ready to wrap the dumplings.

This recipe was inspired by the original from Cooks Illustrated.

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  1. Awwwwwwwww Thank you for sharing โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ’Ÿ!

  2. Hey my friends, mucho agua en el repollo,ย  I am pretty good at speaking the language but I suck at spelling it!ย  I said, there is too much water in the cabbage.ย  lol!ย  I noticed Chef Jon speaking Spanish so I had to throw my 2 cents in for what it was worth!ย  lol!ย  I am on to the second part!ย  Take Care!

  3. It looks like you used some ingenuity on those dumplings with the way you separated them into fourths. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also call that using MacGyver tactics. ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW How about a video of chef John doing dishes?? LOL

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  5. Pot stickers are one of my favorite things ever !! I have only made them once from scratch with a very similar recipe minus jalapeรฑo. These look so delicious and I am going to check out part 2 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This looks really good! I have some ground pork in the freezer that I was going to use for homemade sausage patties, but now I think I may have to make this pork filling with it! I would probably just buy wontons, not sure I am up to making the homemade dough, but they sure look delicious! I buy dumplings regularly and steam them to go with all of our Asian dishes. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, and have a blessed day! —Stacy ๐Ÿ˜โค

  7. Pot Stickers๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜…
    I Love me sum Chinese Dumplings… Looking Good Guys, Tyfs๐Ÿ˜Š