Chef’s Nectar,” Crab Meat Dumplings”


Ingredients for making the Crab Meat Dumplings

Carrot Salad
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, like soy or corn
  • 1/4 to 1/2 jalapeno chile (with seeds), minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp Southeast Asian fish sauce
  • 1 chopped scallion (white and green)
  • 2 gms Pomegranate seeds
Making of Dumplings
  • 1/2 pound lump crab meat,
  • 1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar, plus more as needed
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 24 wonton wrappers (3 1/2-inch square), thawed if frozen
  • 2 romaine lettuce leaves

Method of making the Dumplings

Special equipment:

1 Dim-sum Basket for steaming the Dumplings

  1. To make the salad: In a small non-stick skillet, stir together the oil, jalapeno, and garlic. Stir-fry over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the sugar. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, and cool slightly. Toss the carrot, coriander, lime juice, fish sauce, and scallion together with the jalapeno mixture.
  2. To make the dumplings: In a medium bowl, combine the crab meat, water chestnuts, egg white, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, coriander, and salt.
  3. Lay 6 to 8 wontons out on a work surface. Trim into rounds with the biscuit cutter. Lightly brush the surface of each wrapper with vinegar. Place a level tablespoon of the crab filling in the center of each wrapper. Gather the wrapper around the filling, in a loosely-pleated open dumpling. The dumpling should be flat on the bottom with about a 1/2-inch of the wrapper unfilled at the top in order to hold the salad after steaming. Repeat until the filling is used up.
  4. Arrange the dumplings about 1/4-inch apart in 2 lettuce leaf-lined bamboo steamers. Fill a wok or pan with enough water to come up to the bottom of the steamer rack, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Stack the steamers in the pan, cover, and steam the dumplings until the filling is set, about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the steamer from the pan. Top each dumpling with 1/2 heaping teaspoon of the carrot salad or Pomegranate seeds. hot with the choice of salad and sauce, best goes sweet chilly sauce, which kids can also have.

Published by Avtar Singh Rana

A brief about Chef Avtar Singh Rana Chef Avtar Singh Rana a passionate professional celebrity chef having more than 2 decades of experience. A chef who wears different hats, who ranges from the city Delhi is someone who loves interaction and discovery with a vision of always coming up with the best and true perfectionist at his work, he dwells in photography, traveling and of course food. He started his carrier with Taj Group of hotels, in the year 1998 and since then has only achieved milestones and growth immensely his hunger to learn and explore more got him travelling to the middle east, Oman, KSA , multiple times, where he worked for some of the iconic hotels. His talent also brought him recognition from Radisson, Starwood and Accor, where he was responsible for the preopening of the hotels. An individual who leads by the examples and has the knack of grasping quickly and extend warm hospitality.

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