Kiwi Dumplings: A Delicious New Zealand Twist On A Classic Recipe

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Dumplings are a delightful food enjoyed worldwide, and New Zealand offers its own unique take on this versatile dish. This recipe combines classic dumpling techniques with fresh, local New Zealand ingredients for a flavorful and satisfying meal. Whether you’re a seasoned dumpling maker or a curious beginner, this guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.


Pork and Ginger Dumplings - VJ Cooks
Pork and Ginger Dumplings – VJ Cooks

300g all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 500g ground pork (or substitute with chicken, lamb, or tofu for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • Instructions:

    1. Make the Dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Slowly add the boiling water, mixing with chopsticks or a fork until a shaggy dough forms. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

    2. Prepare the Filling: While the dough rests, combine the ground pork (or chosen substitute) with soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, sesame oil, cabbage, green onions, and oyster sauce (if using). Mix well to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.

    3. Assemble the Dumplings: Lightly flour a working surface. Divide the dough into small balls, about 1 tablespoon in size. Roll each ball out into a thin wrapper, aiming for a round shape about 3 inches in diameter. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of each wrapper.

    4. Fold the Dumplings: There are several ways to fold dumplings. Here’s a simple method: Moisten the edges of the wrapper with a little water. Fold the wrapper in half over the filling, forming a crescent shape. Pinch the edges together to seal, creating pleats along the way for a secure closure.

    5. Cook the Dumplings: There are three popular methods for cooking dumplings: boiling, pan-frying, and steaming.

    Boiling: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Gently drop the dumplings into the boiling water and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until they float to the surface.

  • Pan-frying: Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the dumplings and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, cover, and steam for an additional 5 minutes, or until the filling is cooked through.
  • Steaming: Place the dumplings in a steamer basket and steam for 10-12 minutes, or until the filling is cooked through.

  • 6. Serve and Enjoy: Serve the dumplings hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as soy sauce, chili oil, or a vinegar-based dipping sauce.

    Nutrition Facts (per dumpling):

    (Please note that these are approximate values and may vary depending on the ingredients used)

    Calories: 100

  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 200mg

  • Conclusion:

    New Zealand dumplings offer a delicious and exciting twist on a classic dish. This recipe provides a simple and accessible way to experience these flavorful bites at home. Feel free to experiment with different fillings and dipping sauces to personalize your dumpling experience!


    1. Can I use pre-made wrappers? Absolutely! Pre-made dumpling wrappers are readily available at most grocery stores and can save you time in the kitchen.

    2. What are some vegetarian filling options? You can substitute the ground meat with chopped vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, or lentils.

    3. How can I store leftover dumplings? Cooked dumplings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them gently in a pan or steamer.

    4. What dipping sauces go well with dumplings? Soy sauce, chili oil, vinegar-based dipping sauces, and sesame oil are all popular choices. Get creative and explore different flavor combinations!