mkgallery Best New Chef 2017 Peter Cho, of Han Oak in Portland, Oregon, says that this is a cheater version of his favorite xiao long bao (soup dumplings). “I love when you poke the side of a soup dumpling and the rich, porky chicken stock spills out into your spoon and mixes with the black vinegar dipping sauce. For my version, I took the difficulty out of making and filling the dumplings by instead just serving them with a rich chicken stock–and–vinegar dipping sauce.”
Be sure to chop the filling for these vegetarian dumplings with a knife; they become too wet and pasty in a food processor. We liked the dumplings boiled in water, but they're also delicious cooked in a steamer.
The quintessential Shanghai dish, xiaolongbao are delicate dumplings steamed in bamboo baskets. This version is made with gyoza wrappers and a simple pork filling. The dumplings are first fried in a skillet, then water is added to the pan to steam the dumplings so they're tender, juicy and crisp.
These dumplings are crafted with a lace-like pinch around the edges, characteristic to Russian-style dumplings called vareniki. The spelt dough is a breeze to make and very manageable, with no eggs involved. The green, tender filling includes seasonal spring-ingredients like asparagus, peas and basil.
Ring in the Year of the Snake with these superb dumplings. The recipe is much easier than you’d think and they can be made in advance, frozen on baking sheets and then bagged. Frozen dumplings take a little longer to boil but the quality is still strong. I have to say, there is something magical about the addition of the minced boiled cabbage—it’s what makes these dumplings light and highly addictive. And you will use this dumpling sauce for the rest of your life, I promise.—Andrew Zimmern