- 20 wonton skins (white Shanghai wrappers)
- 1½ tsp cornflour
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- To serve: Chinese brown rice vinegar
- 750 gm whole uncooked Australian prawns, peeled, cleaned and deveined (about 400gm prawn meat)
- 100 gm minced chicken, seasoned with ½ tsp light soy sauce
- 10 gm garlic chives, chopped
- ¾ tsp sesame oil
- ¼ tsp caster sugar
- Good pinch of ground white pepper
- 1For dumpling filling, coarsely dice 100gm prawns and refrigerate. Flatten remainder by hitting each prawn with the side of a cleaver, then chop into a fine mince and combine in a bowl with ¾ tsp salt. Mix well. Holding the prawn mix in your palm, throw from a height into a large bowl. Repeat about 30 times until the mince binds and feels elastic. This creates a nice texture to the filling. Transfer to an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add remaining ingredients and mix on medium speed until combined (1 minute). Add reserved diced prawns and stir to combined well and evenly. Test seasoning by frying a little of the filling in a non-stick frying pan and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- 2Spoon 2 tsp of mixture onto the centre of each wonton wrapper, ensuring there are diced prawn pieces in each. Brush the edges with a little water and fold the wrappers to enclose, pleating the edge with your fingertips. Stand the dumplings upright on a plate lined with baking paper and refrigerate while working with the remainder.
- 3Whisk half the cornflour into 185ml water and heat half the grapeseed oil in a non-stick medium frying pan. Arrange half the dumplings in a circle in the centre of the pan and cook over medium-high heat until golden (3-4 minutes). Then pour cornstarch slurry over the dumplings, quickly cover with a lid and cook for 4 minutes. Uncover and cook until the liquid has evaporated and dumplings have formed a thin golden crust (2-4 minutes). When ready, place a plate over the pan, invert quickly and serve with a bowl of Chinese brown rice vinegar diluted with a splash of water to taste. Repeat with remaining dumplings and cornstarch slurry.
Drink Suggestion: 2012 Wittmann “Estate” Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany. This is the powerful side of German riesling – impact and texture balanced by pure and precise acidity. Drink suggestion by Leanne Altmann