The Howard County Cook is a fellow Howard County Blogger that I met at a HoCo Blogs event. The Howard County Cook is a mother and an expert of Asian cuisine. I was immediately pumped, because I’m always interested in how anyone gets kids to eat food that isn’t your standard fare (pizza, chicken nuggets, etc. etc.). When she mentioned that she was going to do a dumpling post, I was super excited. I love making dumplings myself, but I am no pro and certainly don’t have the handiskills to assemble them correctly.
So without further ado, I give you the Howard County Cook!
It is my pleasure to be guest posting this week for The Unmanly Chef!
The Unmanly Chef asked me to post on something that I would make for my kids; or as I affectionately rename them here, “My Little Dumplings”.
Now dumpling making is no simple feat, and it is really something that was designed for an entire tribe of people to do together, rather than a one man show. With the dawn of technology, pre-made dumpling skins, and food processors…we are now able to do what 50 thousand Chinese Grandmas could do in half the amount of time.
Truth be told, I would be lying to you if I said that store bought dumpling skins tasted the same as homemade ones. They don’t…. However, they are a great introduction to dumpling making, and without a doubt I use them to make dumplings for my kids since they aren’t picky about having the homemade skins. Sooooo the next time you roll past them at HMart, throw a few into your cart and save them for a rainy day (they are fine to freeze for later).
*A side note if you want to freeze the dumplings so you have dumplings ahead of time, here is a simple trick. Place your excess dumplings on a cookie sheet (preferably with a piece of parchment paper covering the sheet underneath the dumplings), then if you are able, place your cookie sheet with the dumplings exposed into the freezer for about an hour. Once they are frozen, you can pull the cookie sheet out and remove the dumplings individually and place them in a freezer bag. This trick lets you freeze dumplings without having to worry about them all freezing together because of the starch. *
Here’s the line up:
First, a video on preparing the ginger, for those who are unfamiliar. You can peel it as I show, or leave the skin on- up to you. Make several chunks.