Shanghai Pan Fried Dumplings (Sheng jian bao) | Chinese new year 2021| Year of the Ox 2021

This is my second recipe video for Chinese New Year 2021.
Food has a lot of symbolism at this time of year, and for the Year of the 0x 2021, I thought I would showcase Sheng jian bao, which are pan fried dumplings from the Shanghai region of China.
Traditionally, dumplings in general are considered a ‘lucky’ food, as they are said to resemble old fashioned gold ingots.

If you haven’t done so already, I would urge you to visit the amazing food blog, the Woks of Life. Their Shanghai dumpling recipe is the one I have adapted for this video. You can see the original recipe here:

Shanghai Pan-fried Pork Buns (Shengjian Mantou, 上海生煎馒头)

My adaptations are as a result of not having the ingredients to make the pork aspic from scratch, so I’ve substituted their required amount of stock with store bought stock. I’ve also added some sugar to the dough mix.

I would also add that I’m not particularly skilled at filling and folding dumplings, so I did end up with some of the filling left over, which you can freeze. .

What do you think?