Recipe For Beef Dumplings Served In Broth

The moment I got my email for round 2 of Freshly Blogged I knew I was going to make beef dumplings served in broth. I have wanted to make Chinese dumplings for quite some time now, and this challenge presented the perfect opportunity. Dumplings are traditionally served in a broth and given that it is winter and cold it was a wonderful dish to make for Sunday lunch. The broth has a rich flavour, partly from the Knorr stock pot and also from the addition of Tamari. Tamari provides a deeper flavour to dishes than ordinary soy sauce. I made a simple refrigerator pickled carrot to go with this dish and these crunchy morsels provided a great texture to the beef dumplings as well as adding another flavour element to the dish. This ticked all the boxes as far as temperature, texture and taste is concerned. Do not be daunted by the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen to make this dish, it is well worth the effort. If you cannot find suet do not worry, ordinary cooking oil will work just as well.

Ingredients For Round 2 Of Freshly Blogged
Ingredients For Round 2 Of Freshly Blogged

Beef Dumplings Served In Broth
 
mise en place
in the kitchen
 
Result: 4
Ingredients
For the broth
  • 1 punnet soup mix containing 1 potato, 1 turnip, 1 tomato, 1 leek, 1 stalk celery, small bunch parsley, minus the 2 carrots
  • 1 Knorr beef stock pot
  • 1 star anise
  • 5g coriander
  • 1 litre water
  • 30mls Tamari
  • Half of one Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
For the beef
  • 650g beef suet, chopped (if you cannot get this, substitute with 15mls canola oil)
  • 500g beef shin, thinly sliced
  • 1 star anise
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 10g finely chopped coriander
For the dumplings
  • 150g flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 125mls boiling water
  • Flour for dusting
For the pickled carrots
  • 250mls white wine vinegar
  • 110g sugar - I used fructose
  • 2 carrots (from the soup pack), peeled and julienned
Method
For the broth
  1. Roughly chop the potato, turnips, tomato and celery and add to a large pot (one that can take a steamer basket on top)
  2. Add the parsley, Knorr beef stock, star anise and coriander
  3. Cover with water and bring to the boil
  4. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for an hour
  5. Strain the liquid through a sieve and discard the vegetables
  6. Return the liquid to the pot and add the Tamari
  7. Leave to simmer until you are ready to steam the dumplings
For the beef
  1. Place the suet into a sauté pan and over a medium heat, leave it to render for an hour, stirring occasionally
  2. Drain the oil from the pieces of fat and return the oil to the pan
  3. Heat the oil and add the star anise
  4. Add the shin and cook until done, seasoning during the cooking process
  5. Place the meat into a sieve to drain off the excess oil
  6. Remove the star anise and finely chop the cooked shin
  7. Place into a bowl, adjust the seasoning and mix in the coriander
  8. Leave to cool until you assemble the dumplings
For the dumplings
  1. Sift the flour into a bowl
  2. Add the salt and make a well in the centre
  3. Pour in the boiling water and stir with a wooden spoon until the water is incorporated
  4. Mix by hand until a dough forms
  5. Dust your work top with flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes
  6. Flatten into a circle, cover with cling film and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes
  7. For the pickled carrots:
  8. Place the vinegar and sugar into a small sauce pan
  9. Allow the sugar to dissolve over a low heat
  10. Place the carrots into a bowl and pour the vinegar over them
  11. Allow to cool before refrigerating
  12. Drain the liquid off just before serving
To serve
  1. Bring the broth to a gentle boil
  2. Roll the dumpling dough into a log, 20cm long
  3. Cut off 20 pieces
  4. Roll each piece into 10cm rounds (don’t worry if they are not quite round)
  5. Place 2 teaspoons of the beef into the middle of each dumpling
  6. Fold in half and seal the edges before pleating
  7. Place 10 of the dumplings into a steamer basket
  8. Steam for 20 minutes over the broth while you carry on making the dumplings
  9. Remove the first batch of dumplings and place 5 into two bowls
  10. Add the second batch of 10 dumplings to the steamer basket
  11. Add the Chinese cabbage into the broth
  12. Steam the second batch for 20 minutes
  13. Place 5 into another 2 bowls
  14. Divide the leftover meat between the 4 bowls
  15. Divide the broth equally between the 4 bowls
  16. Garnish with the pickled carrots before serving

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Beef Dumplings Served In Broth
Beef Dumplings Served In Broth

Disclosure: This challenge was sponsored by Knorr for the Freshly Blogged Challenge. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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34 thoughts on “Recipe For Beef Dumplings Served In Broth

  1. Tandy this sounds just amazing! I LOVE the Knor stockpots, so very tasty as you note and so inexpensive! Can’t wait to try this one out! 🙂

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    1. I only discovered them recently and love using them 🙂

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  2. What a delicious sounding treat, Tandy. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much AD 🙂

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  3. Super great job on this, my belly is rumbling just looking at those pictures! I love dumplings.. mmm!

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    1. Thank you Pamela, and thanks for the visit – off to read your blog 🙂

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  4. I adore dumplings and this sounds delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much, and thank you for the visit Anne 🙂

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  5. Tasty looking dumplings!

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    1. Thank you!

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  6. Tandy, I love your beef dumplings, such a comfort dish…yum!
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week 😀

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    1. They are a real comfort dish Juliana 🙂

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  7. I adore dumplings. So great for a winter warmer, Tandy.

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    1. And so easy to make, even the kids can help you 🙂

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  8. Ooo, sounds fabulous! Perfect for this horrible cold weather.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. Today it is bitter cold so I could do with another bowl of this 🙂

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  9. Oh how delicious!!! This is one of my favourite dishes!!
    I just love the clean tasty flavours 🙂
    GourmetGetaways sharing the blog ♥ Absolute Thai Cooking ClassMy Profile

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    1. That describes it perfectly Julie 🙂

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  10. This has been so interesting to read and I may well try during our current winter season. You have made this dish SE Asian style: I am used to it NE European way [great minds think alike 😉 !]. I make a double-strength beef/chicken broth and my dumplings are more like ‘meatballs’ made ‘firm’ with crumbs and egg. Both great versions . . .

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    1. I have yet to try making any other version of dumplings, but given how easy this was I am going to try 🙂

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  11. Bravo Tandy! You did a marvellous job on your dumplings. You have a very nice rich broth. I take the lazy method and make a very simple broth of just using the water from boiling of my dumplings, adding a little salt and a little green onions and maybe a drop of sesame oil. I will have to give your version a try next time. I will be voting for you! Take Care, BAM

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    1. I will try the sesame oil next time as that sounds great!

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  12. Mmm we are confirmed dumpling lovers here! Your dumplings look fantastic Tandy! 😀
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    1. Thank you Lorraine 🙂

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  13. In Poland we’re crazy about dumplings. We make it in a bit different way, but any dumpling is a great treat 🙂
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    1. I shall have to try the Polish way soon!

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  14. You have my vote Tandy! This looks great, and even though it’s hot here I could still eat this. Love all the flavours and also the idea of the carrot pickle. Very nice 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Tanya 🙂

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  15. Good morning, Tandy, this recipe will definitely make it on my list for autumn meals. I love dumplings of all kinds, thanks for sharing!
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    1. Hope you enjoy it Barbara 🙂

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  16. how wonderfully hearty!

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    1. It was very hearty Lisa 🙂

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  17. Those dumplings look soooo good. Since this challenge, I am now obsessed with dumplings. xxx

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    1. I want to make them again – they were so easy and so tasty 🙂

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