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Pork & Cabbage Dumplings

pork dumplings

For 4 Person (ca. 60 dumplings)

1kg   ground pork
640g flour
400-500ml water
1    large white cabbage
8    cloves of garlic
1    large egg
3    tablespoon soy sauce
1    teaspoon sesame oil
1    teaspoon salt
1    teaspoon pepper
1    teaspoon corn starch

1. For the dough combine flour and water in a bowl. You have to knead the dough around 5 minutes until it’s very smooth and free of air bubbles. Roll into a ball and set aside.

dumpling dough
2. Clean white cabbage under running water and cut in pieces, then use a food processor to get it very fine. Set aside in a bowl. Chop garlic very finely and give it into a bowl with the ground pork.

filling

3. Press all the liquid out of the chopped cabbage (you can use your hands or a cheese fabric). It has to be as dry as possible; otherwise the dumplings get too soft. Mix it together with the ground pork and garlic and add salt, pepper, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil and corn starch until well combined and set aside in the fridge.

4. Now to the fun part: Roll the dumpling skins! Cut a piece out from the dough and roll I into a finger thick roll. Cut the roll into small pieces (0,5cm x1cm). Then roll the pieces into small balls and flatten them with a bottle or pastry roller. They should be thin like a paper sheet and about the size of your palm.

Steps to make dumpling skins

hand made dumpling skins

5. When you’re done with the skins gibe a tablespoon of the pork filling in the middle and fold the skin end on end. Start with the folding from one side, in one direction. The dumpling will get the fort of a half moon or U.

dumplings

6. Give dumplings into a large saucepan with hot oil and roast until the bottom is browned well. Then add one cup water or chicken broth and let it simmer with closed lid until the liquid is boiled away.

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7. Serve hot with dumpling sauce*. Enjoy!

Crispy pork dumpling

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• For 1 portion mix 3 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce, 1 teaspoon freshly chopped chili, 1 teaspoon black vinegar (or rice vinegar) and ½ teaspoon chopped fresh garlic. Add a few drops sesame oil!

Crispy pork dumpling

Asian vermicelli salad

Asian vermicelli salad

For 2 person (as main dish or 4 as starter)

250g  rice vermicelli
1        carrot
1        cucumber
1        hand soy bean sprouts
1        hand fresh mint leaves
1        hand fresh coriander
1        hand thai basil
1        small lettuce
4-6    spring onions
3        tablespoon soy sauce
2       tablespoon rice vinegar
2       tablespoon sesame oil
1       teaspoon cayenne pepper
1       soy bean cake (or other tofu)
2       cloves of garlic

A few peanuts and basil leaves for decoration

1. Soften the vermicelli in a bowl of water (room temperature) for 2-3 minutes, then drain water and put aside. Clean the veggies under running water; Slice salad and spring onions finely and give them in a large salad bowl together with mint, coriander, thai basil and bean sprouts. Cut cucumber and carrot in thin stripes and add them into the bowl. Cut soybean cake in cubes and put aside separately.

2. Cut garlic very finely and heat up a frying pan or wok with oil, add vermicelli and stir fry well for 3-4 minutes until they are done. Put them aside to cool down a bit while preparing the dressing and tofu.

3. Heat up the pan again and add the tofu cubes; roast for a few minutes until they are light brown and a bit crispy (if you like it spicy you can add a bit dried chili or curry). For the dressing mix vinegar, sesame oil and soy sauce together with cayenne pepper.

4. Mix all ingredients in the salad bowl, arrange on plates and top with basil leaves and peanuts (I love the garlic peanuts from Mr.P). Enjoy!

Asian vermicelli salad

Asian vermicelli salad

The salad also tastes great the next day, just make sure you choose a firm salad sort like romana or radicchio.

Easy snow pea and tofu salad with sesame dressing

Snow peas salad with tofu and soy sauce sesame dressing

For 2 people

350g     snow peas
200g     soy bean cake
2             tablespoon sesame oil
1             tablespoon soy sauce
1             tablespoon vinegar
1             teaspoon honey
1             teaspoon chili sauce (sweet/spicy)
1             tablespoon sesame seeds
2             cloves of garlic
1             red chili
Ground black pepper to taste

1. Cut of the ends of the snow peas on both sides (if they are large cut them in half) and boil them in salted water for 2-3 minutes. Drain water and hold them under very cold running water. Let them cool down completely.

2. Meanwhile cut the soy bean cake in small cubes (you can also use other kinds of tofu), and chop garlic and chili finely. Roast all in a pan for 3 minutes until light brown. Remove from the pan and give it in a salad bowl.

3. For the dressing mix honey, chili sauce, vinegar and soy sauce very well with a fork before adding the sesame oil slowly while stirring; season with ground black pepper. Mix snow peas and dressing with the soy bean cubes and arrange the salad on plates. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

Snow peas salad with sesame and tofu

 

Noodles with veggies and prawns/tofu in coco-sesame crust

I made this dish in two different ways, one with prawns and one vegetarian with tofu (it also goes well with chicken). My favorite is the tofu variation but as my boyfriend isn’t a fan of “that stuff” I usually cook an alternative for him.

Noodles with prawns and tofu in coco-sesame crust

For 4 people

500g      noodles (I used rice noodles)
200ml  soy sauce
2              carrots
1             hand full of bean sprouts
50g       oyster mushrooms
1            bunch of spring onions
1            zucchini
1            red chili
2           cloves of garlic
2           tablespoon of honey
2           tablespoon of sesame oil
1          small piece of ginger

For the crust

4           tablespoon of desiccated coconut
4           tablespoon of sesame
4          tablespoon of wheat
2           egg yolk

1.  For the marinade mix 150ml soy sauce, 2 tablespoon honey, sesame oil, chili, ginger and garlic cloves ( all chopped finely) together in a bowl. Peel the prawns, and cut tofu in bite sized cubes. Put each in a plastic box or small plastic bag (I use freezer bags) and cover each with a half of the marinate. The prawns and tofu have to marinate 4-6 hours in the fridge.

marinade

2. 10 minutes before the end of the marinating time start to prepare the veggies. Chop zucchini and carrots in half, then slice them finely; Chop spring onions in fine rings and cut the oyster mushrooms in bite sized pieces; put all the veggies aside.

vegetables

3. After 4-6 hours prawns and tofu are ready for the coco-sesame crust (Save the marinade for later!). You need 3 soup plates (or other deep plates); One with the 2 egg yolks, one with flour and the last with coconut and sesame. First prawns/tofu need a flour layer, turn them around until fully covered. Second station is the yolk, turn around until covered; afterwards toss in the coco-sesame mix with a little bit pressure to make the crust compact.

coco-sesame crust steps

prawns in coco-sesame crust

4. Heat up a pan with olive or sesame oil and roast tofu cubes and prawns 2 minutes on each side until golden brown; remove them from the pan on a deep plate. Purr in one half of the saved marinade and let it reduce for about 5 minutes, then cover tofu and prawns with the sauce. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the noodles.

fried prawns and tofu

5. Heat up a big pan or wok and add the carrots; roast them for 3 minutes before adding zucchini and mushrooms. Roast for another 2 minutes, then pour in the rest of the marinade and let it simmer until the noodles are done. In the last minute add the bean sprouts and spring onions rings, before mixing noodles and veggie sauce in the pan. Arrange them on plates and decorate with prawns or tofu cubes. Enjoy!

noodles with veggies and prawns/tofu in coco-sesame crust