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Pork and Cabbage Dumplings | 高麗菜豬肉水餃

Pork and Cabbage Dumplings | 高麗菜豬肉水餃

Who doesn’t love dumplings? This dumpling is filled with juicy pork and sweet, flavorful cabbage! Cabbages from Rochester Downtown Farmers Market are super tasty and they keep well in the fridge.Tips on how to make your pork fillings extra juicy included.

Winter is the season of cabbages in Taiwan, the cabbages grow slower in the winter and the result is super flavorful, crunchy, tender and sweet. Bye bye summer cabbages with big fat unchewable fiber! It’s time to make good use of all that beautiful vegetable, and what better way to do this than to make some delicious dumplings to keep in the freezer for whenever you crave that steamy hot juicy dumpling?

Like most American household has mac-n-cheese, Taiwanese keep frozen dumplings in the freezer for those too-lazy-to-cook days. Whether it’s bought from a street market, supermarket or homemade, it’s safe to say that’s the first thing you’ll see when you open a freezer in Taiwan. My mom often has 5 bags of homemade dumplings with all different flavors ready to go!

 

When going out to eat, the most common dumpling combinations are pork with cabbage and pork with garlic chives. I love the one with garlic chives, but in MN it only grows in the summer.

 

Vegan? Try this recipe instead: MOM’S SPECIAL VEGAN DUMPLINGS | 家傳純素水餃

The filling for the dumplings are actually really easy! All you need is ground pork, cabbage and some seasoning. The trick to a extra juicy filling is to add 1/4C broth or water to the ground pork a little at a time while mixing it till it absorbs all the moisture. Sesame oil not only gives flavor to the filling but also softens the meat. The smaller you chop the cabbage, the sweeter the dumplings are since it’ll mix with the pork better and it’s also easier to fold.

 

For me, this recipe makes about 36 dumplings with EASY DUMPLING WRAPPERS | 簡單水餃皮, it’s almost perfect. But it all depends on how big you’re making your dumplings and how good you are at stuffing it. In my family, we like our dumplings big, fat, with lots of fillings and they can stand on its own. There are few different ways to fold the dumplings, but my mom thinks this is the prettiest way. I remember when I was a kid “helping” my mom fold dumplings and I would experiment with the craziest shapes, there was square dumplings, round dumplings, triangle dumplings, heart shaped dumplings… they may be cool looking but most of them didn’t have any fillings in them by the time they were cooked since I obviously don’t know how to close them up.

 

Trick to folding the perfect dumpling? Dab the edge you’re closing with water then fold it and pinch it tight with your thumb and index finger.

 

Here’s a chain of photos of how these dumplings are folded. (Photo 3: Dab some water with your finger and go around the rim)

 

TRY Pork and Cabbage Dumplings | 高麗菜豬肉水餃 WITH:

MOM’S SPECIAL VEGAN DUMPLINGS | 家傳純素水餃

GYOZA WITH CRISP SKIRT | 冰花煎餃

EASY DUMPLING WRAPPERS | 簡單水餃皮

TAIWANESE BRAISED TOMATO BEEF NOODLE SOUP | 番茄紅燒牛肉麵 (USE THE BROTH TO MAKE SOUP DUMPLINGS)

MALA HOT SAUCE|秘製淑油麻辣醬

 

 

 

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Pork and Cabbage Dumplings | 高麗菜豬肉水餃
Prep Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Who doesn't love dumplings? This dumpling is filled with juicy pork and sweet, flavorful cabbage! Cabbages from Rochester Downtown Farmers Market are super tasty and they keep well in the fridge.Tips on how to make your pork fillings extra juicy included.
Course: Main Dish, Noodles
Cuisine: Asian, Taiwanese
Servings: 36 Dumplings
Author: Choochoo-ca-Chew
Ingredients
  • 4 C Finely Chopped Cabbage
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 4 Cloves garlic Grated
  • 1 inch Ginger Grated
  • 3 TBsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground White Pepper
  • 1/4 C Broth or Water
Instructions
  1. Lay the ground pork on the cutting board, chop back and forth with two knives, mixing and chopping until the meat is sticky and holds together better. (This is to disperse the fat and the lean meat more evenly, break up any bigger pieces and also help with soaking up the extra broth/water we're adding)
  2. Move the finely chopped ground pork into a mixing bowl, add: 1/4C Finely Chopped Cabbage 4 Cloves of Grated Garlic 1" Ginger, Grated 3TBsp Soy Sauce 2TBsp Sesame Oil 1/2tsp Salt 1/2tsp Ground White Pepper Mix Well
  3. One tablespoon at a time, add 1/4C Broth or water, mix until the liquid is absorbed after each tablespoon
  4. The filling is ready for making dumplings!
Cooking Fresh Dumplings
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add the dumplings and cook for approximately 6 mins. The dumplings will float to the top
Cooking Frozen dumplings
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add the dumplings and cook for approximately 10 mins. The dumplings will float to the top
Serve
  1. Serve with soy sauce, minced garlic and/or Mala Hot Sauce if you like it hot
Recipe Notes
For making dumpling wrappers from scratch: EASY DUMPLING WRAPPERS | 簡單水餃皮  

TRY Pork and Cabbage Dumplings | 高麗菜豬肉水餃 WITH:

EASY DUMPLING WRAPPERS | 簡單水餃皮

TAIWANESE BRAISED TOMATO BEEF NOODLE SOUP | 番茄紅燒牛肉麵 (USE THE BROTH TO MAKE SOUP DUMPLINGS)

MALA HOT SAUCE|秘製淑油麻辣醬



34 thoughts on “Pork and Cabbage Dumplings | 高麗菜豬肉水餃”

    • they are!! If you’re not making the wrappers from scratch, the filling only takes about 10 mins! super fast and easy. It’s always fun to get all your family together to make dumplings as well, it’s faster and great for bonding. That’s what we used to do in our house. (minus my dad, mom doesn’t approve of his dumpling skills :p )

    • I’m sure you’ll make great dumplings! Share your experiments with #ChewExperiment on instagram or @Choochoocachew if you have any questions! Can’t wait to see your dumplings.

  • Thank you for showing the step by step photos on folding the dumplings. This will really help. And am sure I can find someone to “sacrifice” by eating the mistakes along the way! Filling sounds awesome!

    • Hi if you’re making this recipe with just cabbage then you need to first chop the cabbage finely then add 2 teaspoons of salt, mix well and let it marinate for 30 minutes. Squeeze the water out from the cabbage as much as you can then add the seasoning with one extra tablespoon of sesame oil. you can also chop some carrots to add it in if you want, extra firm tofu is also a good addition to vegetarian dumplings. my family makes vegetarian dumplings every Chinese New Year, I should have that recipe up soon so check back for that vegetarian dumpling recipe!

  • I love love dumplings!!! and thank you for the visuals it helps with forming the dumplings which I am not good at!

  • I never think of boiling Asian dumplings! Not sure why that is because we always boil our dumplings in Europe. I tend to steam or fry my dumplings. In India it has become a trend to deep fry dumplings like Tibetan Momos.
    And btw my favorite dumplings are with onion, cabbage and pork! =D
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, I am going to make this as soon as I am getting hand on some ground pork!!

    • Deep frying dumplings are not popular in Taiwan, but any other method can be seen around! Steamed, boiled, fried, in soup… it’s awesome 🙂
      Onion is such a great addition to the filling! They’re so sweet and tasty.

  • Yummy! Looks fantastic! Have you tried this with chicken? I don’t eat pork so I’m wondering would something like this taste good with chicken?

    • chicken is a bit too dry. You might need to chop/grind them even finer and add a bit more broth. Try it! I’ve had some tasty chicken dumplings but haven’t really made them myself. Ground beef can also be used for the recipe.

    • oh!! SO much better when you make them yourself! Even if you freeze them after it still tastes so much better. You’ve gotta try this and share it with me #ChewExperiment on instagram.

    • If you’re making this recipe with just cabbage then you need to first chop the cabbage finely then add 2 teaspoons of salt, mix well and let it marinate for 30 minutes. Squeeze the water out from the cabbage as much as you can then add the seasoning with one extra tablespoon of sesame oil. you can also chop some carrots to add it in if you want, extra firm tofu is also a good addition to vegetarian dumplings. my family makes vegetarian dumplings every Chinese New Year, I should have that recipe up soon so check back for that vegetarian dumpling recipe!

      Share your experiments with me #ChewExperiment I’d love to see what you’ve made <3

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