Can I Make Cute "Rose Dumplings"?
I guess I like food shaped like roses. Haha. :) I've made 2 other rose-shaped foods already: potatoes and cookies (see links). When I saw this Tastemade YouTube video, I had to try it.
Monday, December 2, 2019, Attempt #1:
In this recipe, they use a mixture a mixture of ground shrimp and ground chicken, green onions, potato starch, chicken bouillon, ketchup, ginger, garlic and some salt. I made some substitutions or left some stuff out: I used ground pork (which I had around), bread flour (instead of potato starch for the binder). I didn't have any ginger around. I did add some ketchup as in the recipe, which I was skeptical about how it would taste. It's pretty easy to make the filling as I've mentioned -- just putting stuff in a bowl.
They also used gyoza wrappers whereas I used wonton wrappers I had around. Wonton wrappers are a little thicker and come in squares; gyoza wrappers come in circles. Wonton wrappers will also not pleat as well as gyoza wrappers. See link from Bon Appetit for more info.
Since the wonton wrappers come in squares (not circles), I cut them into circles using a circle cookie cutter.
To form the rose,
- You need 3 circle dumpling wrappers which you lay in a line
- You add filling
- Fold in half
- Then roll forward to form the rose.
In the video, they put the filling in the middle and fold in half. I found it worked better if you put the filling on half of the dumpling. When you are filling any dumplings, you don't want to overfill them and that is also the case here. :)
When you get to the end of rolling, you put a little water on the wrapper to seal it (picture on the left). Then you get a pretty rose.
To cook them, you cook them like a pot sticker. You just sear the bottom in a pan on medium with a little oil. Then you add a little water and cover them with a pot lid to steam the top of the dumpling and cook the inside.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! How pretty are they? They tasted good too. There are a couple pics below. I ate them with some soy sauce.
Also, I mentioned I was skeptical of adding some ketchup to the dumpling filling, but you can't really taste it. I guess it just adds a little tang or flavor to the mixture.
I think I like rose-shaped food because I like it if you can make your food into a little art project. In the case of dumplings, it is actually much easier for me to roll the dumplings into the shape of the rose compared to other typical dumpling shapes with creases. Haha. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!