HOGMANAY might be two days away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about Chinese New Year in February. So here’s a selection from Chop Chop, which has restaurants in Morrison Street and Leith.
Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)
For 25 dumplings
For the dough case:
170g plain strong white flour for case and 10g for dusting
70ml water to bind
For the filling:
80g medium size pork mince (lean mince) from the shoulder
40g spring onion
Head of ginger
12ml malt vinegar max
Tsp sesame oil
For the dumpling dip
8 tbsp light soy sauce
4 tbsp malt vinegar
1 tsp chilli oil
2 tsp crushed garlic
• Put 2 litres of water in a saucepan and bring to the boil whilst preparing the dumplings.
• Make the dough and divide into pieces of about 9g each. Using a small rolling pin, roll and flatten each piece into a circle of approx 10cm radius to form a dough case.
• Mix the filling ingredients together and scoop one teaspoon of the filling onto the dough case. Fold the case over into a semi-circle and squeeze the open edges together to close, crimping to create a crescent moon-shaped dumpling. Repeat until you have several dumplings.
• Place the dumplings into the boiling water and stir gently on a rolling boil. When the dumplings start to float, continue to stir gently for five minutes. Drain and serve.
Traditional chinese dumpling dip (per portion)
Mix 2 tablespoons of light soya sauce with 1 tablespoon of malt vinegar. Add half a teaspoon of fresh crushed garlic and a quarter of a teaspoon of chilli oil.
Aubergines with garlic
15g fresh ginger
2 tablespoons of light soya sauce
2 spring onions
3 cloves garlic
Peel the aubergine and cut into long strips. Cut the ginger into long, thin slices and chop the coriander coarsely. Chop the garlic into small cubes and cut the spring onions into long strips.
• Deep fry the aubergines in hot oil for approx 3 minutes. Shake off excess oil.
• Place aubergine in frying pan and add the ginger, coriander, soya sauce and spring onions. Toss for about 30 seconds.
• Finally, add the chopped garlic and toss three or four times. Serve immediately.
Lamb and cumin seed
150g tender cut of lamb
Tablespoon cumin seed
Slice the lamb thinly and shallow fry in hot vegetable oil for approx 3 minutes until cooked. Add the cumin seed and salt. Toss three or four times. Serve immediately.
4 tablespoons malt vinegar
1 carrot (medium size)
1 teaspoon English mustard
80g Chinese leaves
1 tablespoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
Teaspoon sesame oil
• Cut unpeeled cucumber and carrot into thin strips. Chop the Chinese leaves and chop finely the coriander.
• Add the vinegar, mustard, salt, sugar and sesame oil. Mix thoroughly and serve.
Tender green beans with chilli
160g long green beans
15g fresh ginger
1 tablespoon dried chillies
1 teaspoon Chinese pepper
2 tablespoons light soya sauce
1 spring onion
3 cloves garlic
•Top and tail long green beans. Cut the ginger and spring onions into long strips. Chop the garlic into small cubes.
• Deep fry the green beans in hot vegetable oil for about 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
• Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a frying pan, add the ginger, chillies, Chinese pepper, soya sauce, spring onion and garlic until the aroma rises.
•Add the green beans and toss three or four times. Serve immediately.