Have cozy afternoon tea or cap an Asian-inspired home-cooked meal with these sweet dumplings.
Makes about 10 to 12 dumplings
4 to 6 cups water
2 cups red kidney beans, washed very well
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup shortening (optional)
(10 to 12 freshly made cuapao dough
or 20 to 24 store-bought wonton
(siomai) wrappers, 2 wrappers per dumpling)
1 Place water, beans, and sugar in a pot. Allow to boil and cook covered until beans are soft and mushy, about 1 to 2 hours.
2 Mash softened beans using a fork or potato masher until smooth.
3 If using, fold in the shortening. (This adds creaminess to the puree's texture.)
4 Stuff the puree into prepared dumpling skins, 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons filling per dumpling. Seal top securely. If using cuapao dough, let the sealed dumplings rest before cooking.
5 Steam dumplings for about 7 to 10 minutes. (To keep dumplings from sticking to the steamer, place each dumpling over a sheet of parchment paper.)
Filling tip: You can also use this filling to make red bean mochi. Just make your own sticky rice flour by mixing together 1/2 cup sticky rice flour and 1/4 cup water. Knead and then roll into a long strip and cut into small balls, about 1x1-inch in diameter. Flatten and stuff with the red bean filling; seal top. Drop dumplings in about 1 liter boiling water. You’ll know they’re cooked when they float to the surface.
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Photography by Kai Huang | Styling by Elaine P. Lim
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