Monday, May 30, 2011

Nyonya Dumplings

Dumplings Festival is just around the corner.Many people buy or make dumplings themselves.For me, I make my own dumplings.There are many types of dumplings, like Nyonya dumplings,savoury dumplings,alkaline dumplings....but,right now, I want to share this Nyonya dumplings.Nyonya dumplings taste rather sweet than salty.The sweetness comes from candied melon.Here's the recipe from my mom:

For filling:
1.5 kg ground meat,can use chicken meat
10 shallots,chopped
7 cloves garlic,chopped
80 gm coriander seed
1 tbsp white pepper
380 gm candied melon
15-20 mushrooms
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
3 tbsp soy bean paste(tauchu)

Method :
Wash the coriander seed,put in a tray and dried it under the sun.
Toast the dried coriander seed in hot pan until fragrant.Grind it until very fine.
(You can use ready made coriander powder, but I prefer to make it)
Soak mushroom until soft, cut into small pieces.
Chop candied melon into small pieces.
Heat 4 tbsp oil.
Stir fry chopped shallots, until fragrant.
Add chopped garlic,stir fry until golden brown.
Add in soy bean paste,stir fry again,when it looks a little dry,
Add in chopped mushrooms,stir fry untill fragrant.
Add in ground meat,stir fry again.
Add in dark soy sauce and pepper,stir fry again.
Add in chopped melon,stir fry.
Lastly add in ground coriander,stir fry, until it becomes thick.
Dish up and set aside.(I normaly made this one day earlier)

How to make Nyonya dumplings:

2 kg glutinous rice (divide it into 1.2kg and 800 gm)
2 packet  of bamboo leaves
some hemps strings
20 gm dried Blue pea flowers
500 ml water
41/2 tbsp oil (divide it into 3 tbsp and 11/2 tbsp)
5 tsp salt (divide it into 31/2tsp and 11/2 tsp)
Some pandan leaves cut into pieces

Soak the bamboo leaves overnight.
Boil 500 ml water, put in blue pea flower,let it boil for 1 minute, off the fire.
Let the blue pea flower sit in the water for 20 minutes, squeeze out the pulp,let it cool.
Wash 1.2kg glutinous rice and soak it overnight.
Wash the 800 gm glutinous rice, soak in the blue pea water( add more cold water to the blue pea water),overnight.

The next day:
Wash and drain 1.2kg glutinous rice,then add in 3 tbsp oil and 31/2 tsp salt.Set aside.
Wash the 800 gm glutinous rice,then add 11/2 tbsp oil and 11/2 tsp salt. Set aside.
Wash the bamboo leaves and boil it for 10 minutes,drain.(can be done 1 day earlier,make sure the leaves soak in water,so it won't dry)
Fold bamboo leaf into a cone and fill with 1 tbsp glutinous rice, make a hole and fill in 11/2 tbsp filling,top with another 1/2 tbsp white rice and 1tbsp blue rice and a piece of pandan leaf.
Cover shape it into dumplings,tie it up with hemp string.
Boil water in a deep stock pot,3/4 of the pot.
Put the nyonya dumplings into the pot,fully covered with water.
Cover and bring to boil, lower the heat and cook for 3-4 hours untill cooked and soft.
(can use pressure cooker, cook for 40 minutes)
Remove and hang it, let the Nyonya dumplings dry.Serve.
Prepare for the filling.

Making the dumpling
Fold bamboo leaf into a cone shape.

Fill with 1 or 1/12 tbsp white glutinous rice.

Fill with the filling and pandan leaf.

Fill with 1/2 tbsp white glutinous rice and 1 tbsp blue glutinous rice.

Fold and tie up with the string.Ready to cook.

The cooked Nyonya Dumplings.


Food Glorious Food! said...

I love dumplings but never seen this version anywhere in my life! They look soooo good! Any idea where can this be bought? I am too lazy to make it myself :)

ღᏓуռ էяɨռɨאღ said...

My fav dumplings! Too bad I don't know how to tie them after adding all the fillings in. LOL
I love the dumpling that my mom-in-law makes! So every year, she'll make lots of dumplings (the Nyonya and Salted Eggs) and give them to us. :D

Vardhini said...

I have never made dumplings .. looks good.


yummylittlecooks said...

Food Glorious Food,
You can look for it in wet market, night market or food stall.Now is dumpling festive season, many people selling.

yummylittlecooks said...

Need practice and patience.My first dumpling,about 10 years ago, are out of shape,some drop in the water.

yummylittlecooks said...

Thank you.

AMMU MOHAN said...

Hai first time here..i am happy to follow and learn new recipes from your blog......

Nava.K said...

wow, such a great recipe with so much passion in making.

Love the blue rice added inside.

Anonymous said...

digged google 30 mins, finally i get what i need.Thanks!

briarrose said...

Beautiful dumplings. The blue rice adds a great colorful touch. Yummy.

Pete said...

Just at this today, My neighbour bought it from Melaka for me...nice!

Deepthidigvijay said...

lovely blog,
you little ones are doing great job...
happy to follow you..
do stop at my space when u find time :)

Juliana said...

I love this dumplings...yours look so pretty with the blue colored glutinous rice. Beautifully done. Have a wonderful week ahead :-)

Aarthi said...

yummy one..i have never tried this..will try soon

yummylittlecooks said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments.

lena said...

i had my very first nyonya dumpling last year made by my friend's mom. I really envy you that you know how to wrap the bak chang! i know it really needs a lot of practice that's why i said i envy you cos you made them so perfect!

Jeannie said...

Wow! You are very early in making dumplings! Can last till the actual date? I can't resist dumplings, too yummy!

yummylittlecooks said...

Thank you.


The actual date is 6/6/2011,but now,you can see many people out there selling these dumplings and my kids ask for it^^,so I made some for them and some for my mom.:)

Cheah said...

Gosh, I'll love this. Quite difficult to find this in Ipoh. Wish I can order from you. You're very clever to wrap up these dumplings. I can't do it, it'll spill out!

yummylittlecooks said...

Cheah, thank you ,you need practice a lot.

Shu Han said...

I love love love nonya dumplings! It's the first time I've seen them blue though haha. Gosh I wish I can be home in SIngapore now for dumpling festival. >< I can get dumplings in chinatown here, but never nonya ones, those are the best!

H2O.Q said...

Wow, the nyonya dumpling look so yummy. My hubby loves nyonya dumpling very much. This year I am going to try your recipe. Btw, may i know where can I get the dried blue pea flowers? Thank you.....

yummylittlecooks said...

Hi H2O.Q,
Thank you for your visit.
I'm in Malaccca, so I can find the dried blue pea flowers easily, but, I have no idea at other place.
May I know where are you from?

H2O.Q said...

Hi! I am from KL. May I know where do you normally buy the blue pea flower in Melacca? Kedai runcit?

yummylittlecooks said...

Hi H20.Q,
I bought it from Sentral Market, you also can find it at Malim's market as well.
Erm....Sentral Market is easier for you to find, the market is beside the bus terminal.

H2O.Q said...

Thanks a lot. I will try to find it in Sentral market :)

yummylittlecooks said...

You're welcome :)

紫羅蘭 said...

Hi, can I know how many dumplings u made using this recipe, thanks.

yummylittlecooks said...

Hi, made about 45-48 dumplings.

Ps, sorry for the late reply,quite busy lately ;)

Veronica @ Minty’sKitchen said...

Your Nyonya dumplings look delicious. However, I must say that I've never tried it before.