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Recommended Chinese Dumpling recipe without cabbage?

madeliner May 12, 2013 11:13 AM

Hi I want to make dumplings today but I don't have cabbage on hand and don't want to go to the store (again) but I do have ground pork.

any good recipe for a filling without cabbage?


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  1. ipsedixit May 12, 2013 11:29 AM

    You can use lots of things for dumplings.

    Chinese chives, leeks, ramps, spinach and even American cabbage will work as long you blanch it first (given how tough it is).

    But my recommendation would be spinach. If you don't have fresh, you can use frozen, which might be better b/c it has less liquid.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      madeliner May 12, 2013 11:33 AM

      Thanks! I have frozen spinach.

      1. re: madeliner
        ipsedixit May 12, 2013 11:35 AM

        Let it defrost first (either in the microwave or on your kitchen counter) and then make sure to squeeze all the water from it.

        Good luck.

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      panko May 12, 2013 12:45 PM

      I never use cabbage!

      I use pork, green onions, wood ear mushrooms, shrimp and cellophane noodles.

      seasoning with oyster sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, and S+P

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        magiesmom May 12, 2013 02:04 PM

        Smitten kitchen has a lovely spring veggie dumpling recipe

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          madeliner May 12, 2013 07:01 PM

          Thanks for the posts-since I had some frozen cleaned shrimp I went with this one - I did add one clove of garlic, less ginger and sesame oil


          1. eLizard May 13, 2013 06:50 AM

            i just use meat, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy, sesame oil.... i use an andrea nuygen recipe.

            1. emily May 15, 2013 10:00 AM

              We used to put cabbage in our pork and Chinese chive dumplings, but often don't anymore. It's just filler.

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