About a month ago, I posted a recipe for Steamed Dumplings. Dumplings are easy to make but most people find it hard to prepare and design the wrappers from scratch. I thought I didn't explain enough about making and designing dumpling wrappers in my previous post. So I've decided to dedicate an entire post for this topic. Today I am going to do a short demo (with images and videos) on how to make the dumpling wrappers from scratch. I will be showing you 2 different wrapper designs.
Hope you will enjoy this post. Feel free to leave your comments. If you would like to share your own dumpling designs, I would love to hear from you.
You can buy ready-made wrappers if you don't want to go through the steps of preparing dough but I don't recommend using them. They are not as soft as the handmade wrappers and the dumplings made with ready-made wrappers are usually dry.
- Once you've made the dough (see Step 1 in Steamed Dumplings), roll the wrappers. The wrappers don't have to be perfect circles. When you roll the wrappers, make sure the edges are slightly thinner than the middle of the wrapper.
- Put the fillings on the wrapper. With your thumb and the index finger, stick the edges of the wrapper to form pleats. For a round design, keep forming the pleats as you go round the edges. For an elongated design, fold the wrapper into half, stick the edges and then start forming the pleats.
See the videos below to see how to roll the wrappers and then create a round design and elongated design for the dumplings: