- toss cabbage and salt in colander or mesh strainer. Let stand till cabbage begins to wilt, about 20 minutes; press cabbage gently with rubber spatula to squeeze out excess moisture. Combine cabbage and other filling ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
- Place 4 wrappers on work surface, keeping remaining wrappers covered so they don't dry out. Place a bit of filling in the center of the wrapper, how much depends on your selected wrapper. You don't want them too full or they'll split. Keep a small finger bowl of water nearby and after dipping both index fingers in the water, gently wet the outer edge of the wrapper, all the way around. Fold each wrapper in half; starting in center and working to the outer edges, pinch edges together to seal firmly, pressing out any air pockets as you go. Position each dumpling on it's side and gently flatten, pressing down on the seam to make sure it lies flat against the work surface. Repeat with remaining wrappers. My mixture used a while pack of wrappers - 48 dumplings. I worked in batches of 12.
They look a little brainy but don't be scared. They're tasty brains, I promise.
- add 2 teaspoons of oil to non-stick skillet, making sure the whole bottom of the pan is oiled. Add single batch (depends on your pan size, I suppose) to the pan laying flat on one side with all the seams going in the same direction and place over medium-high heat. Cook without moving until dumplings are golden brown on bottoms, about 5 minutes. (You can move, just don't move the dumplings!) Reduce heat to low, add 1/2 cup of water to the pan and cover immediately. Cook, covered, until most of the water is absorbed and wrappers are slightly translucent, about 10 minutes. Uncover skilled and bump the heat back up to medium-high and cook without stirring until dumpling bottoms are well browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately.
Tasty stuff. And nothing thrills me more than making a dish I know someone loves. Girl-child was uber happy and all it took was a little time in the kitchen. And a sharp knife. ;)