Its funny how life evolves , an idea starts out with one intention and suddenly takes on a new tradition. The sauce for these simple store bought mini chicken dumplings was created by me for unexpected dinner guests as an appetizer till dinner was ready . My husband took such a “loving ” to them , they are now regularly served at our week night family dinners ( yes , we ALL still eat together , every night !) You may use store bought or home made dumplings , depending on your pleasure or time frame . I do however stress using a home made Asian peanut sauce, such as Perfect peanut sauce , found on this web site , it really does make a difference .
Photograph by Rahul Mahtani
24 mini chicken or pork dumplings
1/2 cup Perfect peanut sauce
2 tbs lite soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 to 2 tbs Sambal Oelek ( ground fresh chili paste , or any crushed red chilis )
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbs sesame paste
pinch of salt and pinch of ground white pepper
Chiu Chow oil for drizzling as garnish
1 sliced scallion
a few sprigs of cilantro
Mix all sauce ingredients and set aside.
Steam dumplings as directed just until cooked.
Pour sauce into a wide saucepan , warm , stirring. Add in steamed dumplings and gently JUST WARM THROUGH . Off heat.
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