Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The feast of Vietnamese food continues! This is the last recipe Mai taught me before she went back to her country. I have to say that this recipe is my favorite! I love dumplings and I love learning how each country makes their own version of dumplings unique.
Here are the ingredients for Vietnamese dumplings:
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deviened
1 1/2 teaspoon MSG
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup chopped bamboo shoots
Handful of cilantro - chopped
1 tablespoon chopped ginger, fresh
Won Ton wrappers
To the pork add 1 teaspoon MSG, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Mix well. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Mix again.
To the shrimp add 1/2 teaspoon MSG, salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch. Mix well.
Put the pork in your food processor. Pulse several times before adding the shrimp mixture. Pulse several more times until the mixture resembles tuna salad-more like a paste with small hunks.
Remove from the food processor and put ingredients into a bowl. Add chopped bamboo shoots, chopped cilantro, and ginger. Mix by hand.
Add the ingredients to the Won Ton wrappers and pinch together into a dumpling. Mai didn't have a set way to do this so we just had fun with it!
Mai mentioned that her family does not use the pre-made wrappers. They use Ha Cao Flour to make their own dough. I wish we had taken the time to do this-one more thing I could have learned from her!