One of the most loved foods in our house is a really good dumpling.  We first tried these at a restaurant in Maloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.  I make them regularly and keep them in the freezer for when that niggling craving arrives.  My son absolutely loves them and no matter where we are he will find the best place to eat them.

I have been making these for a few years now,  I always make a double batch and freeze them.  They are perfect for nights when you cannot be bothered cooking.  They cook up from the freezer in 8 minutes.


500g pork mince

1 tablespoon mild chilli paste

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

pinch of pepper

pinch of brown sugar

dash of fish sauce

bunch of spring onion, chopped finely

4 shiitake mushrooms, diced finely

2 packets of gow gee wrappers

pastry brush

glass of water


Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until all ingredients are well combined.


Place wrappers on a cutting board or work surface.

img_6106STEP THREE

Spoon 1 teaspoon of the mince mixture on 1 half of the wrapper.  Brush edges with cold water.  Fold the remaining wrapper halves over the enclosed filling.  Press edges together to seal.

img_6107STEP FOUR

Place the finished dumplings onto a cookie tray lined with baking paper and repeat until all the dumpling mix has been made.

img_6108STEP FIVE

Pop into the freezer for a few hours if you are planning to freeze for later on.  Once frozen bag up into batches and cook from frozen.


Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frypan with a lid over a medium high heat. Place about 10 dumplings in the pan and cook for 2 minutes or until the bases are browned.  Add 1/3 cup hot water and cover with the lid.  Cook for 7-8 minutes over a medium to low heat until the water has evaporated.  Remove from the heat.

Uncover, stand for 1 minute or until the dumplings come away from the pan easily. Repeat this process with as many dumplings you wish to cook up.

Serve with your favourite dipping sauces.




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