Shrimp Soup Dumplings

September 18, 2015


Author Notes: Despite burning the roof of my mouth every time I slurp up that first soup dumpling, I am still blown away by the magic of being able to put boiling soup into such a delicate edible wrapper.

It's always fun for me to ask students at the beginning of my soup dumpling class at Brooklyn Kitchen how they think we are going to get the soup into the dumpling. This recipe and instructional blows the top off this dumpling magic trick.

I have written a recipe for basic O.G. soup dumplings in my book, but I love the brashness of mixing pork with luxurious shrimp, which is something this recipe does so well.

Recipe and text from Hey There, Dumpling!: 100 Recipes for Dumplings, Buns, Noodles, and Other Asian Treats (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2015).
Kenny Lao

Makes: about 20 dumplings

Ingredients

For the chicken consommé and the wheat flour wrappers:

  • For the consommé
  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 4 ounces Smithfield ham
  • 1 cup sliced scallions, white parts only
  • 2 ounces sliced peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon mushroom soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine
  • Two 1/4-ounce packets powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • For the wrappers
  • 2 1/2 cups (363 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 3/4 cup hot (but not boiling) water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water

For the soup dumplings:

  • For the soy-vinegar dip
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the dumplings
  • 2 1/2 ounces (70 grams) peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) fatty (80/20) ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons minced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken consommé (from above)
  • Napa cabbage leaves, for steaming
  • Wheat flour wrappers (from above)

Directions

For the chicken consommé and the wheat flour wrappers:

  1. To make the consommé, in a large stockpot, combine the chicken wings, ham, scallions, ginger, mushrooms, garlic, soy sauce, wine, and 10 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface, then reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer.
  2. Simmer for 2 hours, replenishing the water if it falls below the line of the solids in the pot.
  3. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. Remove the stock from the heat and stir in the gelatin until it dissolves.
  4. Strain the stock through a sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
  5. Refrigerate the stock in airtight containers until cold and set, at least 4 hours and up to 5 days. (Mix any leftover consommé with ground meat for the juiciest meatballs or burgers you've ever had.)
  6. For the wheat flour wrappers (makes 20): Place the flour in a large bowl. Start stirring with chopsticks and continue stirring while you add the hot water in a steady stream. Keep stirring while adding the oil and the cold water in a steady stream. Knead the dough in the bowl until all the bits of flour stick to the dough mass.
  7. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead, adding flour if the dough gets too sticky, until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. When you poke the dough, it should bounce back. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

For the soup dumplings:

  1. Make the soy-vinegar dip. In a small bowl, stir together all of the ingredients with 2 tablespoons water. If you have time, cover and refrigerate the mixture overnight. Pick out the garlic and throw it away before serving. The dip can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Pulse the shrimp in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl and add the pork, scallions, onion, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, and salt. Use your hands to work all together until well-mixed. It's best to use your hands because you can get everything incorporated into the meat without making the the pieces of meat too small.
  3. Fold the cold consommé (which should now be gelatinous) into the rest of the filling ingredients.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the filling until cold and firm, at least 20 minutes and up to 2 days. The filling will be easier to spoon into your wrappers when it's chilled.
  5. When you're ready to cook, reference the photos and instructions in my article: https://food52.com/blog/14163-yes-you-can-make-soup-dumplings-at-home (1) Cut the dough in half and keep half covered. Roll the uncovered half into 10 equal pieces. (2) Working with one piece of dough at a time and keeping the others covered with plastic wrap, roll the dough into a very thin 5-inch (12-centimeter) round on a lightly floured surface. A small dowel works best for this. (3) You want to roll from the center out, keeping a quarter-sized pad of thicker dough in the middle, and turning the dough with each roll to get an even circle. (4) With your left hand, rotate the skin as you roll it out with your right hand. The edges should end up really thin so that they don't get clumpy when you pleat them at the top of the dumpling. (5) Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. (6) Dab a little water around the edges of the wrapper. (7) Pick up the four "corners" of the wrapper and pull them in toward the center so the filling can settle into the base. (8) Pleat the wrapper between the corners to enclose the filling, then pinch the dough together right above the filling, where all the pleats meet. (9) This is the hard part, so concentrate now! Press the dough above the pinched center to flatten the edges to resemble a tiny flower. (10) Place on a parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  6. Fill a wok with water to a depth of 3 inches (7 1/2 centimeters) or so. You basically want as much water as you can get in there without it touching the bottom of the steamer, so pop the steamer on the wok and add or remove water as needed. Bring the water to a boil.
  7. Meanwhile, line two bamboo steamers with Napa cabbage leaves or strips of parchment paper. Place the dumplings on top, spacing them 2 inches (5 centimeters) apart. Steam until the wrappers and fillings are cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes. If your wrappers are thin enough, you should see the soup bubbling inside.
  8. Serve the dumplings immediately.

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Reviews (12) Questions (0)

12 Reviews

Elaine S. August 8, 2016
if one is using gelatin sheets, do you have any recommendation for the quantity, please? Thank you!
 
Risottogirl August 8, 2016
Can no one READ??? LOL
 
Jason January 5, 2016
Someone really needs to fix/edit this recipe to show where and how the consommé is incorporated into the dumplings, especially considering its the most important part of this dish.
 
Smartdesignworks February 19, 2016
See step 3
 
Bella B. September 27, 2015
I have always wanted to try dumplings like this. These look so yummy!<br /><br />xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com
 
Sgreene September 23, 2015
Ok, I think I found it in the consomme recipe, step "5. Refrigerate the stock in airtight containers until cold and set, at least 4 hours and up to 5 days," and in the ingredients listed under the shrimp dumplings: "1 1/4 cups chicken consommé (from above)." Assuming that the consomme sets when cold, adding solid consomme to the dumpling mixture will cause it to create a "soup" once the dumplings are steamed and the consomme liquefies inside the dumpling. Kenny, you're a very talented chef. In the future, perhaps you should make the most important element of such a specific recipe like this much more obvious.
 
Sarah J. September 25, 2015
Hello Sgreene,<br /><br />You can see the ingredients for the consommé listed in the first set of ingredients, and the first steps of the recipe—those that say "For the consommé" (steps 1 through 5) instruct you on how to make it. For more info, check out the article: https://food52.com/blog/14163-yes-you-can-make-soup-dumplings-at-home
 
Sgreene September 22, 2015
Hello, is it me??? I read this recipe to find out how to make SOUP dumplings. But there is no mention on how to fill the dumplings with the actual SOUP. If anyone can find it, please comment and let me know. Sure would be nice to learn how to make SOUP dumplings from a recipe for SOUP dumplings.
 
Alexandra September 20, 2015
Hey Kenny, the link to your blog post is kerblooeyed! This looks absolutely amazing, by the way. I'm reading at work and my stomach is growling...
 
Author Comment
Kenny L. September 20, 2015
get home and start the consomme!
 
Aubrey R. September 20, 2015
This recipe looks amazing though labor intensive but I missed the part where you add the consommé into the dumplings.
 
Author Comment
Kenny L. September 20, 2015
hey aubrey!<br /><br />this is an intensive but so rewarding to make recipe. you can add the consomme two ways. you can either incorporate it loosely with the filling right before wrapping (best when both are cold) or you can but a small spoonful on top of the filling and wrap around both. The former will give you a looser filling and the latter will give you a nice firm meatball inside the wrapper with clearer soup around it. Hope that answers your question!