Pork Dumplings

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Ingredients:

Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/4 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons

Pork Dumplings:

1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced ginger
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 small bunch scallions, white and green parts, chopped
12 ounces ground pork
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 egg
1 package wonton wrappers
1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil, for frying

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Directions:

For the dipping sauce: Combine the soy sauce, Sriracha and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside until ready to serve.

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For the pork dumplings: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, sesame oil and scallions and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes (you just want to take the bite off of the raw ingredients, not saute them). Remove from the heat and allow to cool 1 minute.

Combine the cooked garlic, ginger and scallions with the pork, hoisin, soy sauce, five-spice powder and egg in a large mixing bowl.

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Working with the wonton wrappers, start with the floured surface facing down. Place 1 1/2 teaspoons of filling in the center of a wrapper. Wet the edge of the dumpling with water, using your finger, fold the little square holding diagonal corners at a time, pinch the ends closed. Flatten the bottoms so they can get a nice pan fry on them. Repeat until all the dumplings are filled. Keep the dumplings on a lightly-floured sheet tray to keep them from sticking, and cover with a slightly damp towel to keep from drying out

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Heat the veggie oil over high heat in the same skillet. Working in batches, pan-fry the dumplings by placing them bottom-side down and frying until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes

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Once the dumplings are golden brown, working carefully (it will splatter), pour 1/2 cup water into the skillet to cover the dumplings halfway. Immediately cover with a lid, leaving a small crack for steam to escape. Cook until the water has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the dumplings to a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess oil and repeat the process with the remaining dumplings.

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