Recipe: Turkey, Carrot, and Ginger Dumplings (Bao Zi)

This is a difficult recipe and there were some tears making it because this isn’t a thing I’m used to making even watching a dozen videos about how to fold the dumplings was not helping me at all but if you’re looking for a delicious challenge that might not be beautiful on the first pass, this is actually a really great recipe. With a few tries you could really make this a signature recipe to impress people.

Turkey, Carrot, and Ginger Dumplings (Bao Zi)
Yields 30
Delicious carrot and ginger buns
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Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Dough
  1. 5 grams instant dry yeast
  2. 1 teaspoon sugar
  3. 340ml lukewarm water
  4. 500g flour
Filling
  1. 225g ground meat (I used turkey)
  2. 3 carrots, finely grated
  3. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  4. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  5. 100g scallion, finely chopped
  6. 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  7. 1 teaspoon salt and white pepper
Instructions
  1. Make the dough first by dissolving the yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water in a large bowl.
  2. After yeast has bloomed, add the flour, mix the dough, and kneed for at least 10 minutes until dough is completely mixed and soft. Add more watch or flour if needed. Cover with a towel and let rise for an hour.
  3. Make the filling: In a pan with some oil add the carrots and turkey, cook on low until turkey is no longer pink and carrots have wilted.
  4. Turn heat off, add the rest of the ingredients to the carrots and turkey and mix to combine. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Assemble the dumplings: Turn out the dough, push the air out of it and divide in to the number of dumplings you plan to make (I got 30 from this recipe).
  6. Roll each dough piece in to a ball first then with a rolling pin, roll out from the center in to a circle.
  7. Add about 2 teaspoons to the center of each circle, then pleat the edges folding in a circle until its sealed (google a video because this is impossible to describe, sorry).
  8. Once all the buns are made, let them prove for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Pan cooking: Heat a pan over medium heat with add a couple tablespoons oil to coat. Add the buns to the pan, and let them cook for 3-4 minutes until the bottoms turn golden brown.
  10. When browned turn the heat to low, add about 50-60ml water to the pan and cover with a lid and let the buns cook for 7-10 minutes until the water evaporates.
Adapted from The Woks of Life
Adapted from The Woks of Life
Mab Made Food http://www.mabdese.net/bento/

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