Fried pork and quail egg dumplings

Fried pork and quail egg dumplings

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Vietnamese Street Food
Makes
12
Photographer
Michael Fountoulakis

These hearty Chinese-inspired dumplings are usually served steamed. However, in the cold winter months they are often deep-fried. We like to think of them as a Vietnamese version of the calzone.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
12 quail eggs
40g cellophane noodles
200g pork mince
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
oil, for frying

Dough

Quantity Ingredient
1 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry yeast
90ml lukewarm milk

Method

  1. To make the dough, put the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Whisk the yeast into the lukewarm milk. Pour into the well in the flour and make small circular motions with your fingers to incorporate the milk into the flour. Transfer the dough to a floured board and knead until it is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth and put it in a warm spot to rise.
  2. Put the quail eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then cook for 4 minutes. Drain the eggs and run them under cold water to stop the cooking process. Peel the eggs and set them aside.
  3. Cook the cellophane noodles in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water, then cut the noodles into 3 cm lengths. Put the noodles in a bowl with the pork mince, spring onion, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  4. Lightly knead the dough on a lightly floured board to knock out the air. Divide the dough into 12 pieces, then roll each piece into a small disc.
  5. Divide the filling into 12 portions. Flatten one portion of the filling in your hand. Place a quail egg in the centre and mould the pork around the egg to enclose it. Place the filling in the centre of the dough and press the edges to seal. Put the dumpling on the board with the seam touching the board and form a cup with your fingers around the dough. Make circular motions with the dough to firmly seal the dough and form it into a ball.
  6. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the dumplings in batches for 4–5 minutes, or until golden brown, turning so they cook evenly. Drain well on paper towel.
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