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Egg Wrappers for Dumplings 蛋饺皮

by Shirley
egg wrappers for dumplings

Egg wrappers made of 100% egg are for making traditional Huai Yang style egg wrapped pork dumplings, or Dan Jiao (蛋饺) in Chinese.

Dan Jiao is a traditional food and a special treat during Chinese New Year as I grew up in Suzhou, in the heart of Yangtze River Delta area, the home to Huai Yang cuisine.

egg dumplings dan jiao (蛋饺)

One reason it is a special treat is that it is very time consuming to make. Each egg dumpling is individually made using a stainless steel ladle.

I recall my Dad and I would work on this for hours right before Chinese New Year. Heat the stainless steel ladle using medium heat and then grease it with pork fat. Pour in a spoonful of egg liquid into the ladle and quickly turn to let the egg spread across the ladle surface.

You then wait for it to form a crepe on the other side and add pork fillings. Immediately use a pair of chopsticks to fold and seal into a dumpling.

No doubt it is a tedious process. However, I’d like to introduce this traditional food to my family. I wonder whether I can come up with a shortcut to hack the process.

I am so glad this new process works out really well. And my family loves Dan Jiao (egg wrapped pork dumplings)!

Tips & Tricks of Making Egg Wrappers for Dumplings

1. Whisk the eggs well

Use an egg whisk and make sure eggs are well mixed. Doing so in a large, tall mixing bowl makes the blending easier.

2. A quality non-stick fry-pan is essential

I have tried many non-stick fry-pan and finally found this quality hard-anodized fry-pan, with impressive performance.

egg crepe

3. Use a cookie cutter to cut egg crepe into egg wrappers

For sure, it is not just for making cookies. I frequently use a cookie cutter to make dumpling wrappers. A 12-inch egg crepe, paired with a 3 1/4 inch diameter cookie cutter, is perfect to make 7 wrappers with minimal waste.

cut egg wrappers
egg dumpling wrappers

Egg Wrappers for Dumplings Recipe

Yield: 46 wrappers
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Egg wrappers made of 100% egg to wrap pork filling dumplings. Egg porking filling dumplings, called Dan Jiao (蛋饺) in Chinese, is a classic Huai Yang dish. They used to be one of the must-haves during Chinese New Year to include in a clay pot soup (Shao Guo 砂锅).

Ingredients

  • 10 large cage-free eggs
  • 1/4 tsp avocado oil, see notes

Instructions

Make Egg Crepes:

  1. Crack all eggs and add to a large mixing bowl
  2. Whisk the eggs well until fully blended using an egg whisk
  3. Turn the heat to medium, heat a 12-inch hard-anodized fry-pan for 3 minutes
  4. Use a small cooking brush to dab a tiny bit of Avacado oil and brush evenly over the fry-pan surface
  5. Add 1/2 cup of egg liquid into the fry-pan, quickly turn the pan and let the liquid flow evenly across the surface, and cover the entire base. See Notes
  6. Let it cook for about 1 minute or until the edge of the egg browns, flip the egg crepe, and cook the otherwise for about 30 seconds.
  7. One egg crepe is done. Repeat this until you have completed all the egg liquid in the mixing bowl

Cut Egg Crepes into Dumpling Wrappers:

  1. Flatten one egg crepe on a large flat cutting board, use a 3 1/4 inch diameter cookie cutter to cut into rounds. You shall manage to get 7 rounds out of a 12-inch diameter egg crepe.

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2 comments

BxMamaMD January 25, 2022 - 5:23 pm

Got a question….how do you make these egg wrappers fold & stick as well as a dough wrapper?

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Shirley January 25, 2022 - 9:08 pm

I mix sweet rice flour with water, mix and heat up and use it as a food glue. See egg wrapped pork dumplings for more details. Hope this helps.

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