Shiitake chive dumplings

1 hour 10 minutes


Dumpling wrappers

  • 225g of plain flour
  • 130ml of hot water, plus extra if required
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • 50g of rice noodles
  • 1 handful of coriander
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms, soaked and drained
  • 200g of chives, Chinese chives preferably or garlic shoots
  • 1 pak choi, 5 leaves only
  • 1 head of Chinese leaf, 1 leaf only


  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp of cornflour

Dipping sauce

  • 4 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp of black rice vinegar
  • 1 inch piece ginger, finely sliced


Sieve the flour into a bowl. Gradually add the water, mixing with a fork to form a dough, then knead it on a lightly dusted surface for 5 minutes until slightly elastic
Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 1–2mm, then use a 70mm diameter circular cutter to cut out as many pastries as possible. Set the pastries aside on a baking sheet or tray and cover with a tea towel until needed
For the filling, put the noodles in a bowl, cover with hot water and soak for 3 minutes
Drain and dry the noodles on a clean kitchen towel, then finely chop them along with all the other filling ingredients. Put the chopped filling ingredients in a bowl along with the marinade ingredients and mix together well
Combine the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin and wrap the dumplings
Place 1 teaspoon of the filling in the centre of each circle of dough. Fold the bottom centre over the filling to form a semicircle and pinch the top tight
Pinch the two corners of the semicircle together leaving two symmetrical 'Mickey Mouse ear' shapes between your centre fold and the corner folds
Now pinch the 'ears' in towards you to make four layered folds
Tidy up to create a 'half-moon' shape and arrange on a plate
Half-fill a large pot, wok or deep-fryer with vegetable oil and heat to 180°C, or until the tip of a wooden chopstick or skewer starts to fizz after a second or so in the oil
Carefully add the dumplings in batches of no more than 10 and deep-fry for 3 minutes, until golden brown
Remove the dumplings carefully with a slotted spoon and drain well on a plate covered with kitchen paper. Serve immediately with the dipping sauce