Start by preparing the filling. Wash thoroughly the fresh
Chinese Chives (5 cups)
and drained welling a colander. Trim off the white part at the bottom of chives. Then cut the chives into 1/2 cm long pieces. Then set aside.
Next, peel and chop
Garlic (50 cloves)
Shallots (1/3 cup)
Soak, drain and chop
Dried Shrimp (3.5 oz)
Heat a wok with
Vegetable Oil (1/4 cup)
over medium-high heat. Add chopped garlic and shallots and saute until fragrant.
Then, add in chopped dried shrimps and stir-fry until dried shrimps turns golden brown and fragrant. Then remove from wok.
Toss the fried shallots and garlic in the fresh cut Chinese chives.
Then add in
Alkaline Water (1 tsp)
. This will help keep the chives green. Be sure they are well mixed. Set aside while we make the skin dough.
To make the skin, first bring a pot of
Water (5 cups)
to a boil.
In a large mixing bowl, add
Wheat Starch (3 cups)
Tapioca Starch (2 1/3 cups)
Salt (1/2 Tbsp)
Granulated Sugar (1 Tbsp)
. Whisk to combine well.
Quickly add in the boiling water and using a dough hook, stir until the flour mixture comes together.
Then, add in
Vegetable Oil (1.5 oz)
and continue to knead until a smooth dough is formed. Remove from mixer.
Briefly knead the dough with your hand for the last time.
Divide the finished dough into smaller portions and set aside to rest for about 15 minutes. And we're ready to make the chive dumplings!
First, lightly dust the working surface and rolling pin with some tapioca flour. Then roll out the dough into a thin layer.
Using a cutter, cut into round wrappers.
Continue to roll out balance of dough and cut into round wrappers. And we're ready to wrap the dumplings!
To make the dumplings, first spoon 1 heaping tbsp chive filling into the centre of wrapper.
Pinch the centre of wrapper tightly to seal.
Next, pinch the lower half (right side) of dumpling to seal.
Then, bring the upper half (right side) of dumpling forward and press to seal.
Next, pinch the lower half (left side) of chive dumpling to seal.
Then, bring the upper half, left side, of chive dumpling forward and press to seal.
Press together both sides of chive dumpling to wrapped it up tightly.
Continue to do the same for the rest of the round wrappers. And we're done!
Lightly oil a steaming tray.
Arrange the pleated chive dumplings on the steaming tray.
Place on prepared steamer.
Steam for 15 minutes or until the skin turns translucent.
Remove from steamer onto a wire rack. Brush with some
Garlic Oil (as needed)
and leave to cool a while before transferring to a serving plate.
These chive dumplings are best eaten fresh served with sweet chili sauce. Enjoy!