Here is a unusual recipe for those of you seeking to add something new and exciting into your cusine! These beautiful pork, prawn & goji berry steamed dumplings are featured in James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution.
Pork, Prawn & Goji Berry Steamed Dumplings Recipe
Splashed across the pages of glossy magazines for their sky-high antioxidant levels and with a dedicated celebrity following, the exotic Himalayan goji berry, you might be surprised to learn, lives a secret double life as a common, and quite often very invasive weed throughout much of the US. This super easy, very delicious dim sum treat is easier to make than you might think. Serve with soy sauce as a starter, or serve with steamed or fried rice as a meal. I hope you enjoy these super-easy dim sum dumplings enriched with the fruitiness of homegrown goji.
Serves 4 as a starter or side
Pork, Prawn & Goji Berry Steamed Dumplings Ingredients
100g minced pork
18 raw king prawns, shelled (pre-prepared)
2.5cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 spring onions, finely sliced
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
65g fresh goji berries
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp Chinese rice wine (or mirin)
2 tsp sugar
20 wonton wrappers
Pork, Prawn & Goji Berry Steamed Dumplings Directions
Start by pulling the pork and prawns in a food processor for about 1 minute or until the mixture looks roughly chopped and well combined. Aim for a chunky texture a bit like minced beef.
Tip the mixture into a mixing bowl and squeeze in the juice from the grated ginger, discarding the fibre. Add the spring onion, garlic, goji berries (keep a handful back for decoration), soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine. Sprinkle in the sugar and cornflour and then roll up your sleeves and mix well with your fingertips to combine.
Brush around the edges of each wonton wrapper with a few drops of water (use a brush or your fingers). Dollop a tablespoon of the mixture in the centre, lifting up the edges of the wrapper around the filling, creating pleated folds (almost like a mini pork pie without the lid).
Top each dumpling dumpling with a fresh goji berry and steam on high heat for 10-15 minutes.
Serve the Pork, Prawn & Goji Berry Steamed Dumplings with soy sauce as a starter, or for the true domestic gods or goddesses among you, with several other plates of freshly made dim sum.
Thanks so much to ethnobotanist and host of the award-winning BBC television series Grow Your Own Drugs, James Wong for sharing his recipe with us. James Wong proves that DIY gardening can be much more exciting than the usual spuds and sprouts and reveals an exciting array of unique, easy-to-grow crops to help bring home gardening into the 21st century. From goji berries and sweet potatoes to cucamelons and electric daisies, James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of Orion Publishing, November 2013) by James Wong presents a revolutionary, yet accessible approach to edible gardening. Packed with stunning photographs, delicious recipes and useful tips, James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution will inspire newbie growers and seasoned veterans alike. @IPGbooknews @Botanygeek