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Steamed ravioli

Loved by everyone, steamed Chinese dumplings are easy to make at home. Let’s see together how with the original recipe with meat and shrimp.

Impossible to resist the temptation to order steamed dumplings when dining at a Chinese restaurant . On the menu there are different flavors, but undoubtedly the most popular are the meat and shrimp ravioli, not to mention the beautiful bamboo basket in which they are served!

Making homemade steamed Chinese dumplings is possible. You will just have to have a little manual skill in closing them and a little patience to prepare them. Using the bamboo steamer to cook them is not essential, however it will allow you to get a flavor as close to the original as possible.

Steamed ravioli
Steamed ravioli

How to make Chinese dumplings with the original recipe

  1. First we prepare the pasta that will be left to rest: in a bowl mix the flour with the water and a pinch of fine salt. Knead vigorously to obtain a smooth and homogeneous dough, then wrap it in cling film and let it rest for an hour .
  2. In the meantime, dedicate yourself to preparing the filling. Chop the carrot , Chinese cabbage (or cap) and shallot very finely.
  3. Transfer them to a bowl and add the minced pork. Season with fresh ginger and soy sauce. Let the filling take on flavor for 30 minutes .
  4. Now roll out the dough very thinly, using the special machine if you think you can’t do it with a rolling pin. With a pasta bowl with a diameter of 8 centimeters, make circles and place a spoonful of filling in the center of each.
  5. Close like a bundle, sealing well with your hands.
  6. Place the Chinese ravioli in a bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper or with cabbage leaves and steam them for about 15 minutes . Make sure they are well spaced when cooking or they will tend to stick together.

Serve the Chinese meat dumplings with soy sauce or sweet and sour sauce!

Tips and variations of the steamed ravioli recipe

Chinese steamed dumplings
Chinese steamed dumplings

Steamed meat ravioli are the most classic and traditional, which you can find on the market and in oriental cuisine restaurants . You can close them as you prefer, or as a bundle as we have shown you, or as a candy or crescent. In short, the shape is not relevant, the most important thing is that it is made in a workmanlike manner (rest assured, a little practice will be enough to acquire manual skills .

Then there is a variant, also very well known all over the world: steamed shrimp ravioli. To make them, all you have to do is replace the pork mince with high quality raw prawns and then proceed with the original recipe (just remember to chop the prawns with a knife before adding them to the rest of the sauce). We also advise you not to overdo it with the soy sauce, the crustacean has a much more delicate flavor than the pork, so it is good not to ruin it with too much sauce. Finally close the bundle ravioli and put it in cooking (an idea to emulate the Chinese ravioli the steam of the restaurants is to wrap the filling without closing it completely , add a pea in the center).

Finally, in some versions, the ravioli are made with a mixture of pork and shrimp pulp : a particular but appreciated combination.

storage

The ravioli made and cooked following the original recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for about 1 day , inside a container with an airtight lid. Raw, if you have used fresh ingredients, you can freeze them separately in the freezer and then store them all in a frost bag. We advise you to cook them directly from frozen and, in this case, better opt for boiling .


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