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Chicken Archives | House of Dumplings

October 6, 2020

Deciding what your next meal will be can seem like the most frustrating task, especially if you’re trying to feed fussy children and include some vegetables on their plate. If you’re wondering what to cook for dinner, with a pack of Cantonese Bostock Brothers dumplings in the freezer and some soba noodles in the pantry, you’ve got a meal that will be ready in minutes. But the best thing is that the whole family will love dinner – with no complaints.

First, cook your soba noodles. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour. Buckwheat, despite its name, is not wheat and is actually gluten free. They taste kind of nutty and sweet, kids love them, and they have more fibre and nutrients than standard white rice or flour noodles. Boil as per packet directions, drain and use ice water to cool them and stop the cooking process- no-one likes a soggy noodle. It is a fine art making soba noodles!

Then, prepare your vegetables. These can be anything you have on hand- make sure to include all your favourites. Carrots, broccoli, finely sliced cabbage, bok choy, celery, onion, courgette, mushrooms, beans- the choice is up to you. Cook these and then set them aside. 

If you prefer raw vegetables, simply chop and set aside. If you do this, consider carrots, zucchini ribbons and cucumber for a fresh, crunchy dinner.

Now, make the sauce. Finely chop coriander, add diced capsicum, and then add Mum’s Sauce and sesame oil. Sesame oil gives food an amazing taste that you’ll associate with many ‘Asian’ inspired foods. It has a very low smoke point, so it’s not used for cooking, but is ideal drizzled onto a meal once plated up or using in a sauce. If you don’t like coriander and think it tastes like soap- don’t add it. The sauce is still flavourful without it.

In a large bowl, add the noodles, vegetables and sauce together, with a drizzle of rapeseed oil. Toss well, ensuring you are gentle, so the noodles and vegetables don’t break up.

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Cook your chicken and coriander dumplings in a frying pan, two minutes each side, as per the packet directions. This is the tough part, to ensure the cooked dumplings actually make it to the plate before being inhaled by hungry children (and you). 

Add the soba noodle salad on the plate, and top with the dumplings. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and a handful of sprouts or microgreens- voila! A fast weeknight meal, packed with veges, delicious, and easy.

Easy, delicious chicken dumplings with soba noodle salad

This meal is ready in 20 minutes, is full of flavour, uses your favourite vegetables, and even the kids will love it.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pack of Cantonese Bostock Brothers Organic Free Range Chicken and fresh coriander dumplings
  • Noodle Salad:
  • Any greens you can find at home (carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage and bok choy all work well!)
  • 100 g green tea soba noodles
  • handful of The Fresh Grower fresh coriander
  • Dressing:
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp of mum's sauce
  • The Good Oil for cooking + dressing

Instructions
 

Noodle salad

  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Fill a separate bowl up with room temperature water and add a few ice cubes. Have this ready to go on the bench!
  • Place your green tea soba noodles into the pot and boil for 3 minutes. Make sure to stir the noodles a few times while they're cooking!
  • Drain your noodles, and pour them into the ice water. After 5 seconds in the cold water, drain the noodles again. This stops the cooking process to ensure that the noodles won't be soggy/ Add a dash of sesame oil to the noodles and stir to coat.
  • Chop your raw vegetables (anything you want to stay crunchy!) and coriander, and add them to a large bowl. Pour over the Mum's Sauce and sesame oil, and mix to combine.
  • Cook the rest of your vegetables! Pan fry them over medium-heat with a dash of oil for around 3-4 minutes. Once cooked, set them aside.
  • Add noodles and cooked vegetables to the bowl. Add a dash of extra virgin olive oil or rapeseed oil.

Cooking dumplings

  • Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken dumplings and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  • Once cooked, serve the dumplings on top of the soba noodle salad. Enjoy!

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October 6, 2020

 

Dan Dan noodles are a staple of Sichaun street food and have been gaining popularity as a cult foodie dish. We decided to recreate the traditional recipe with a House of Dumplings twist! If you love Dan Dan noodles, you’ll love our Dan Dan dumplings.

What are Dan Dan noodles?

Traditionally, this dish is comprised of thin noodles mixed with chilli oil, ground pork, spices and a sesame paste or tahini sauce. Every Dan Dan noodle shop has their own special twist on the famous recipe, so it’s up to you to find which is your favourite! To perfect the dish takes a lot of time and practice, so we’ve simplified the recipe. Instead of noodles, we are using our Chicken & Coriander dumplings! Of course, you can make the meal even more filling by adding both noodles and dumplings.

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Specialty sesame sauce

We’ve made a version of the classic Dan Dan sesame sauce that is super easy to make at home. The key ingredient is tahini paste, which is made from ground up sesame seeds. You can also use Chinese sesame paste, which is stronger tasting as it uses unhulled, roasted sesame seeds. Tahini is becoming increasingly popular, as it’s a key ingredient in hummus and lots of plant-based alternatives. This means that, these days, it’s pretty easy to find at your local supermarket! In our Dan Dan sauce, we mix tahini paste with our House of Dumplings Mum’s Sauce, Chilli Oil, sugar and water. The earthy bitterness of the tahini blends with the tangy soy, garlic and ginger flavours of the Mum’s Sauce and the kick of the chilli oil. Use as much or as little chilli oil as you like – in Sichuan, they like this dish spicy!

 

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Dan Dan Dumplings

NEW invention! Dan Dan Dumplings with Tahini Dressing. If you love Dan Dan noodles, you will love this one. Loads of flavours, delicious and you feel good after eating it!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pack of Cantonese Bostock Brothers Organic Free Range Chicken Coriander Dumplings
  • 1 tbsp of The Good Oil for panfrying
  • a handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/3 of a cucumber (cut into matchsticks and placed into ice water)
  • 1 carrot (cut into matchsticks and placed into ice water)
  • 1/2 of a capsicum (cut into matchsticks and placed into ice water)

Tahini dressing

  • 3 tbsp tahini (also known as sesame paste, find it in the chilled section of the supermarket)
  • 2 tbsp Mum's Sauce
  • Chilli Oil optional
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Water
  • A handful of Sprouts (we sprout our own mix from Kings Seeds -Alfalfa Mustard Radish)

Instructions
 

  • Leave the dumplings out to thaw on the bench for 30 mins before cooking.
  • Cut the cucumber, carrot and capsicum into matchsticks. Place the matchsticks into a bowl of ice water to ensure that they stay nice and crisp!
  • Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Pop in the dumplings and pan-fry for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  • While you wait for the dumplings to cook, make your dressing. In a small bowl, mix together tahini, Mum's Sauce, chilli oil, sugar and water.
  • Serve the dumplings, vegetables and watercress together and cover with the Dan Dan sauce. Yum!

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October 6, 2020

 

Dumplings are a great go-to staple for those days where you want a quick, healthy meal. If you stock up your freezer with a few packets of frozen dumplings, the options are endless! When Vicky Ha, the founder of House of Dumplings, needs a quick and delicious meal on the go, she often goes for this chicken dumpling stir-fry with delicious asian greens. It’s ready in ten minutes, only uses one pot and is super versatile!

Authentic chicken dumplings

Our Chicken and Coriander dumplings are one of our most popular products, and for a good reason! The delicious mix of fresh chives, coriander and shiitake mushrooms with free range chicken create an authentic Hong Kong dumpling just like Vicky’s mum used to make! We use Bostock Brothers Organic Free Range Chicken in our dumplings to get the best flavour possible. Bostock Brothers is a family owned business in Hawkes Bay, where chickens are raised on home-grown feed and are completely free of antibiotics and hormones. We want our dumplings to not only taste delicious, but be good for you too! 

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Versatile veges!

Our stir-fried greens in this recipe are bok choy and capsicum, however you can use whatever vegetables you like! Carrots, mushrooms, beans or onions would all work well, just add your favourites. We recommend dicing the vegetables to around 2cm pieces and finely slicing the cabbage. 

Dumpling stir-fry is a one pan wonder

One of the best parts about this dish is that it only uses one pan! By using one half of the pan for the dumplings and one half for the vegetables, cleaning up will be a breeze. All of our dumplings are pre-steamed, so they just need to be pan-fried for 2-3 minutes on either side. This will give the vegetables enough time to cook so they’re just right for serving. There’s lots of ways to cook dumplings, but pan fried dumplings have that delicious crispiness that it’s hard to get enough of!The crispy fried dumplings compliment the softer vegetables so well in this dish that it’ll become a household staple.

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Don’t forget the sauce!

For a bit of extra flavour, we add some of Mum’s Sauce to the vegetables while they’re cooking. Mum’s Sauce is Vicky’s mum’s special recipe, which is a combination of Japanese naturally-brewed GMO free soy, ginger, garlic and some other secret ingredient. This adds a tang to any dish and is the perfect compliment to our dumpling stir-fry! It is also a great dumpling dipping sauce so you’ll be scooping the extra off the plate with your chicken dumplings.

 

Chicken & Coriander Dumplings with Stir-fried Asian Greens

A quick, healthy and delicious meal ready in 15.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 1 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pack of Bostock Brothers Organic Free Range Chicken + coriander dumplings
  • 2 bunches bok choy
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1/4 Red cabbage
  • 1 handful of edamame beans
  • The Good Oil
  • 1 tbsp Mum’s Sauce
  • Fresh coriander and edible flowers for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Leave your Chicken and Coriander dumplings out to thaw on the bench for approx. one hour.
  • Dice the capsicum and bok choy into 2cm cubes and roughly chop the cabbage.
  • Add a dash of oil to a frying pan over medium heat. Add in the thawed dumplings, and place them to one side of the pan. Cook for two minutes.
  • On the other side of the pan, place your chopped capsicum and bok choy. Cook for one minute, stirring the vegetables occasionally.
  • Flip the dumplings over.
  • Add the chopped cabbage and cook for another minute. Continue to stir the vegetables!
  • Then, add the edamame beans and Mum's sauce to the vegetables and stir! Cook for another two minutes.
  • Serve up the vegetable mix, then place the dumplings on tip.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander. Enjoy!

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