Nonya Dumplings -A family recipe that has proven to be immensely popular!!!They are fragrant and scrumptious with just the right balance of sweetness and saltiness.
Crystal Dumplings(Kee Zhangs)- These are served with a gula melaka sauce or kaya. A must have during the dumpling festival.
30 pcs dried bamboo leaves(boiled for 1 hour)
3 cups glutinous rice(soaked overnight and drained)
5-6 cloves garlic(minced)
1 tsp 5 spice powder
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy(caramel) sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp oil
300 gm or 3 pc boneless breast chicken
20 pc dried oyster(soaked overnight)*optional*
15 pc shitake mushroom(soaked and sliced)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp caramel soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp 5 spice powder
Prepared bamboo leaves and plastic string (or hemp) in advance.Boiled the leaves for an hour and clean again with cold water before drained.Set aside.
1:Heat up 2 tbsp oil,saute minced garlic until fragrant,add glutinous rice and all seasoning (A) and stir-fry until well mixed.Taste and dish up,set aside in a big bowl.
2:Heat up 1 tbsp oil,saute with minced garlic until fragrant.Add on boneless breast,shitake mushroom,oyster and all the seasoning,stir fried until mixed well.(don't have to dry up ,just half cook since it's going to boil for hours).dish up and set aside in another big bowl.
1:Use 2 pieces of bamboo leaves to fold into a cone shape.Fill in 1/2 tbsp glutinous rice,one piece of chicken,one piece mushroom and one oyster .Top with another 1/2 tbsp glutinous rice to cover the ingredients.
2:Press the rice firm and cover the extended ends of leaves an form into the shape of triangle.Tie and secure with plastic string.(I don't have hemp) .Repeat the wrapping procedure until all the glutinous rice finish.
3:Prepared 4 liter water in boiling pot,pot must big enough to cook all the dumpling.
4:When the water is rolling boil ,add in the whole bunch of dumpling,pour in more water to cover all the dumpling if necessary.Boil the dumpling for 3-4 hours.
5:Removed the dumpling from the pot and hang up to drip dry.Serve it hot or warm.
The dumplings must be immersed in boiling water all the time during cooking.If not some part of the rice is still raw.You can be creative with your own ingredients,don't have to be traditional zhang recipe.You notice I didn't have pork or pork belly in my zhang,the reason I don't have any pork in hand,so I subtitues with boneless chicken.You can add dried shrimp,chestnut,spicy sambal or any meat. I wrapped 20 pieces zhang with above ingredients but 3 pieces of my zhang open during boiling.That mean I still need more practise ,practise and practise!!..Enjoy!!