17 C
Byron Shire
April 12, 2021

How do you like your dumplings?

Latest News

Exactly how was the ship stuck?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry It is well known that The Echo does not publish fake news, so since the Australian media...

Other News

Local photographer finalist in National Portrait Prize

Lismore-based photographer R J Poole is one of eighty finalists from over 3,000 entries in this year's Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Local collaboration formed to feed people rather than landfill

Feeding people at the same time as reducing food waste is the aim of a new regional food donation campaign initiated by NE Waste.

Northern Rivers COVID restrictions lifting at midnight

NSW Health has confirmed that COVID-related restrictions for the Northern Rivers will be lifted at midnight tonight (Monday 5 April).

Local teams head north under new set-up for women’s AFL 

Local women’s AFL will have a shake-up this year as the Lismore Swans join the Northern Rivers league...

The ABC’s onto ‘em

Jason van Tol, Myocum That the ABC has just uncovered a Neo-Nazi terrorist group, rather than any of our well...

Hassle councillors, not Council staff

Duncan Dey, Byron Greens council candidate 2021 –Main Arm The Echo’s article of 10 March implied that it was Council...

Story and photos: Wanda Chin

Pieces of dough that tightly encompass parcels of filling: dumplings! But delve a millimetre deeper and you’ll find that there are a million and one different variations around the world, although the Asian variety is the most tenacious in modern cuisine, and tenfold more ways to enjoy these cheap and cheerful little symbols of luck and fortune.

There are two ways to make dumplings (more specifically, won tons) at home, both of which are joyfully easy to make. You can either buy them frozen (they are actually superior to most other frozen foods so don’t write them off!) or you can plunge wrists-deep into it and make them lovingly by hand (this method yields a more delicious dumpling 100 per cent  of the time). Purists can also make the dough wrappers from scratch quite simply.

You choose the filling, folding method and the way it is served. A conservative pan-fried pork and cabbage, a healthy spinach and mushroom in a clear broth or even oyster and chive steamed in a bamboo basket. I won’t even get started on the technical differences of the different types! Douse steaming hot dumplings in your own secret blend of vinegar and soy or eat them sauce-free. Whichever way this large-group dinner option is prepared, it will be a crowd pleaser.

Dumpling making is the perfect team-bonding activity, accommodating multiple pairs of hands whose owners can subsequently enjoy the fruit of their combined labour with revelry! They are usually served on a shared plate so even their consumption actively encourages interaction between diners. Chopstick ability comparisons are guaranteed be the first topic of conversation.

My favourite way to eat dumplings? I like them any way and in any setting, as long as I have exceptional company to share my food with.

dumpling


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment they dished out to Pauline...