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Chinese Dumplings Fried in Beer Batter and Soybean Knowledge

There are few plants quite as versatile as the soya bean plant. Over the years, we have shortened the name of this yellow bean – although at times it can be brown, black or green – to soybean or just soy. Cultivated in China for thousands of years, soy is one of the five holy crops. The other four are rice, wheat, barley, millet. Think of the healthy benefits of each of these crops and then think of the many uses for soybeans. It is easy to see why it is included with the others.

Common uses for soy most people know include soy sprouts, beans, milk, and sauce. In addition, soy is used for candle wax, a popular option because soy candles burn cleaner and last longer. Soy also creates biodiesel, an alternative fuel type. As if that is not enough, soybeans make other foods like tempeh, tofu, miso, shoyu, and milk. Add cooked soybeans to soups, sauces, and stews for extra texture and flavor.

Cooked soybeans freeze well, so when you cook a batch, cook extra, and freeze the extra to use another time. Soybeans should soak before cooking. Put six cups of water in a large bowl and add two cups of soybeans. Stir, cover, and let soak for eight hours to remove as much of the indigestible sugars as possible. The appearance and texture improve with soaking and the cooking time shortens. After soaking, drain the water and rinse the beans. Cook them in a pressure cooker with six cups of unsalted water for 40 minutes.

Pan-fried Shrimp Dumpling with Beer Batter
Summary: These wonderfully crunchy Chinese dumplings are coated in beer batter, and feature shrimp, ginger and more. Hot dumplings are perfect for a dinner party or social gathering.
Cuisine: Cinese
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 8
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Filling Ingredients -
  • 12-ounce package of square dumpling wrappers
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Beer Batter Ingredients -
  • 12-ounce can light beer
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup flour for dredging
  1. Filling Preparation:
  2. Place the shrimp in the food processor and mince them.
  3. Put the shrimp, onion, carrot, ginger, and sweet and sour sauce into a medium mixing bowl. Combine.
  4. Open the dumpling wrappers and place a spoonful of mixture in each one. Fold and seal square wrappers by lightly dipping your finger in cold water to wet the top edge and halfway on the two side edges. Fold the wrapper in half to make a rectangle. Press any air out. Fold the top lip down. Pull the two edges together and wet one corner to seal. The most important thing is sealing the dumpling. Practice will make you a pro in no time. Cover the dumplings and chill in refrigerator until ready to cook.
  5. Batter Preparation:
  6. Take out a large mixing bowl and pour the beer into it.
  7. Put the salt, flour, and paprika into a sifter and sift it into the beer. Whisk the batter so it is light and frothy.
  8. Dumpling Preparation:
  9. Heat electric fryer or skillet set at 375F. Add 2 inches of vegetable oil.
  10. When the oil is hot, dredge the dumpling through the flour, and shake excess flour off. Dip it into the batter and coat completely.
  11. Drop each dumpling into the hot oil after dipping in batter. Fry until brown, usually about 45 seconds to a minute. Turn the dumpling and fry the other side for the same time.
  12. Remove and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  13. Serve with dim sum dip or sweet and sour sauce.
Salt hinders the softening process during cooking. Add it afterwards, if desired.

Defrost dumpling wrappers ahead of time.

Photo Description:

A lovely Oriental plate holds several Chinese dumplings and a dish of soybeans with dim sum dip for the dumplings. This delicious creation is deep fried with a beer batter coating, appealing to friends, family, and guests. For those desiring a sweeter dip, use sweet and sour sauce offered in a separate dish. Solve the mystery of the dumpling contents easily with the first bite. The delectable combination of crunchy carrot and shrimp tantalizes the appetite and leads to a request for more. These golden dumplings make a delicious snack or appetizer and spring rolls are a wonderful accompaniment.

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