Egg Wrapped Pork Dumplings, or Dan Jiao (蛋饺) in Chinese, is a traditional dish in China’s Yangtze River Delta area; the home to Huai Yang cuisine.
They feature a 100% egg crepe wrapper filled with juicy & delicious pork fillings. Spinach DanJiao FenSi Soup is a must-have for the Chinese New Year celebration as I grew up in Suzhou in the 70s.
Traditionally we used to make each egg dumping individually using stainless steel ladle in one-sitting, from the egg crepe wrapper to fold and to seal the dumpling. It is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.
I, therefore, developed this new process so we can enjoy this traditional and tasty food with ease at home.
What do you need to make Egg Wrapped Pork Dumplings?
1. Egg wrappers to wrap the pork dumplings
Like making any crepe, a high performing non-stick fry pan is essential for the process.
2. Pork Filling
See here for a detailed recipe on how to make juicy & tasty pork dumpling fillings.
3. Homemade food glue
I use sweet rice flour to make a food glue that help glue & seal the dumplings.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are Egg Wrapped Pork Dumplings?
They are pork dumplings wrapped in egg crepe, made of 100% egg.
How Long does it take to make them?
Say we are making a batch of approximately 40 egg dumplings, it is about an hour.
Here is the breakdown – 10 minutes for making 6 sheets of 12-inch diameter egg crepes; 5 minutes to prepare pork fillings, and about 30 minutes folding & sealing the dumplings. Last 18 minutes for steaming.
The good news is that you do not have to complete all these steps in one sitting. For instance, you can make the egg wrappers one day in advance. Store them in the refrigerator for the next day’s use.
How to cook them?
We do not use the typical dumping cooking method, which is boiling. Steam them in rectangular glassware for 18 minutes.
What are the popular ways of eating them?
May I make them in advance and freeze them?
Absolutely. Dumplings are great choices of making in advance so you can quickly whip out a tasty & healthy meal in less than 10 minutes during weeknights.