Chinese steamed dumplings

2 - 3
PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
33 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
23 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
These tender morsels are similar to dumplings you would typically order at Chinese restaurants. They are juicy and tasty enough that you won’t need a dipping sauce, other than some low-sodium soy sauce to pass on the side. The five spice powder, an Asian spice blend made of star anise, cinnamon, cumin and cloves, also gives them a delicious and distinct flavor that makes them worthy enough to make at home. Plan to use the leftover spice blend on grilled chicken or steak. You can find dumpling wrappers in Asian markets or in the produce section near the tofu at your supermarket.

Ingredients

Egg(s)

1 large egg(s)

Dark sesame oil

½ tsp

Uncooked cabbage (all varieties)

½ cup(s), chopped, minced

Uncooked scallion(s)

1 medium, minced

Water

2 Tbsp

Low sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp

Ginger root

½ tsp, peeled and minced

Five-spice powder

tsp, or to taste

Wonton wrapper(s)

12 item(s)

Instructions

  1. Spray a small nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Lightly beat the egg and oil in a small bowl, then pour into the skillet. Cook, without stirring, until set like a small omelet. Transfer the egg to a cutting board and finely chop.
  2. Combine the cooked egg, cabbage, scallion, water, soy sauce, ginger, and five-spice powder in a small bowl. Spoon evenly into the center of each dumpling wrapper. Bring the edges of the wrappers up and over the top of the filling; pinch together in the center to seal the dumplings.
  3. Put the dumplings in a steamer basket; set in a saucepan over 1 inch of boiling water. Cover tightly and steam until tender, about 20 minutes. Serve hot. Yields 3 dumplings per serving.

Notes

It's easy to make your own dumpling wrappers: Stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour and 3 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl. (You may need to add up to 1 teaspoon more water to make a workable dough.) Knead the dough into a small ball in the bowl, cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Divide the dough in half then divide each half into six equal pieces. Roll each piece out into a 3 1/2-inch round. Fill and steam as directed above, using wet fingers to pinch and seal each dumpling.