Pork and Leek Dumplings

When I was net surfing for what people are up to, I across by someone’s blog about cooking with kids.

The posting was very heartwarming. Just looking at pics and text on the posting, I could feel love of family.

I don’t have kids for now, but someday I wanna be like the blog’s owner, cooking with her little boy/girl(with lots of secret-eating moment.)

So today, I’d like to introduce recipe that kids can participate in important part of cooking.

It’s not “grate radish” or “take out beans from pods” but throughout of the recipe except baking part.

The dish is: DUMPLINGS!

(*Please be aware that your kids might forget to put L between P and I on their diary. It is adult’s important part to double check spell miss! :P)

<Today’s Recipe>

Pork and Leek Dumplings


It’s good eating dumplings at fancy restaurant like Din Tai Fung, but eating handmade dumpling with kids can teach both adult and kids lifelong learning lesson.


<Ingredients for about 40 medium/small dumplings>

~Dumpling skin~

ingredients for dumpling skin

  • 400g of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of salt
  • 240cc of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil


ingredients for dumpling filling

  • 1 pack of ground pork
  • ½ pack of mushroom
  • 100g of leek
  • 2 tablespoon of ginger
  • 2 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon of panko

~Dipping Sauce~

  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon of vinegar
  • Some chili oil
  • Some chopped leek


  1. Knead dumpling skin
    In a large bowl, put every ingredients for skin and mix well.

~Kids Part~
If hot water is touchable temperature, you can change turn to your kids.

knead, knead, knead!

And make a ball with dough.

*Be sure to use large bowl otherwise your kitchen will have a carpet of flour.
Or your kids will have diary saying:“Today, I cleaned kitchen with full of flour. We were supposed to make dumplings but plan was canceled! “


2. Prepare veggies

3. knead meat In a large bowl, put ground pork and seasoning, then knead them.

4. Add veggies and knead, knead, knead.
~Kids Part~

As same as Direction 1, be sure to use large bowl so that your kids can do mixing part without changing session to cleaning.

“Today, I cleaned kitchen and change there like inside of bubble bath. We were supposed to make dumplings but when cleaning was done, it was already time to sunset.”
dumpling filling


5. Wrapping time!
This is the highlight of this recipe. Wrapping dumpling is interesting and you can create a lot of them, so let’s do it family altogether.Pick about 1 tablespoon of dumpling skin and stretch to make round shape. Put about 1 teaspoon of filling on the center of skin, and wrap.

Any shape is fine! The looks of dumplings don’t change taste.
Too thick skin? It’s OK!
Skin is not completely closed and you can see filling is giving a glance? Don’t worry!!
The size is all different? Totally Fine!!!

Your dumplings already taste greater than Din Tai Fung’s dumplings because there is secret spice: LOVE!!

Well, here is the pic of dumplings that tanooki wrapped it…
prepare dumplings
Weird, but pretty, right!?
What kind of shape you will create is also fun part of this recipe!

6. Grill/Steam/Fry dumplings
Adult part. Your kids can look at frying pan in a safety zone.
cook dumplings

Once you wrapped dumplings, you can bake, steam, fry…any types you like (not raw though:P)

~When grilling~
Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and put dumplings. cook about 5 min with medium high heat, then add 1/4 cup of water and put lid. Cook until water is boiled up, then your dumplings are waiting for you to be in your mouth!
grilling dumplings

~When steaming~
Put dumplings on aluminium foil and place it on large pan. put some water between pan and aluminium foil, and cook about 15 to 20min. (Cooking time depends on the size of your dumplings.)
steamed dumplings

With this dish, you can have lively conversation on dining table like the dumplings look like Kisses Chocolate or any creative creatures, food, or tools.

Wondering what to do to have fun with your kids? Make dumplings! This will be definitely one of the best summer vacation memory!   

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