Oh dumplings. How I love thee! Enough to make hundreds of you at a time so that I can enjoy you whenever I want. So for FBM Potluck 6, I made 3 different kinds: pork, shrimp, watercress, and mushrooms; pork and chive; and spicy pork and carrots.
I started off with the base which is the pork, ground pork to be exact. I like to get my pork for dumplings from a Chinese market or butcher because it had more fat in it. Fat is an important ingredient in dumplings. In this pork (which is about 1 lb), I add and egg, both dark and light soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin, corn starch, salt, vegetable oil, and xiao xin wine (optional). I mixed it thoroughly. Now it's time to taste. Not raw! Take a piece, fry it up and taste it. Is it seasoned well? Actually it should be slightly over seasoned because you'll be adding other ingredients to it. Once it's at a level that you enjoy yet slightly saltier, time to prep the other delicious foods.