If you are feeling lazy or you’re looking for an easy fix, buy frozen dumplings.
Nina likes Frozen Pork Dumplings from Trader Joe’s or she will buy some at her Chinese market.
Add Virgin Olive Oil to a nonstick pan and preheat it.
Once the pan is hot, on low heat, arrange the frozen dumplings in the pan, flat side down so they fill the pan
Turn up the heat. (Don’t be afraid of high heat) Pan-fry the dumplings until they are golden brown.
Adjust the heat by moving the pan on and off the burner.
Once the dumplings are golden brown, add 3/4 cup water and cover.
(THE SECRET: If you add a 1 teaspoon of flour to the water and don’t put the dumplings so close together, you will get this lovely effect (see picture) once the water has evaporated.
Cook for 4-5 minutes until the skin is translucent.
After the water evaporates, remove lid and continue frying to crisp the bottom.
Make sure they don’t stick by lifting them with a spatula.
Finally, take a plate, put on top of dumplings and invert them. Voila!
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