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Making the wrappers
I've got to confess that I very rarely make my own dumpling wrappers. Itís a very time-consuming step, added to an already time-consuming process. I must admit, though, that the store-bought versions just canít quite compare to the chewy texture of freshly-made dumpling wrappers. Itís worth trying once, just to experience the difference (make sure you do this on a day when you have lots of free time, however.)

1 Add 3/4 cup hot water to 3 cups flour and stir, using chopsticks or a wooden spoon, until the mixture forms a ball. (This will make enough dough for 40 or so dumplings.)

2 Gather up the ball in the bowl Ė if itís very sticky, add more flour; if it seems too dry, add more water.

3 On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until itís smooth and elastic (approximately 15 minutes).

4 Return the ball of dough to the bowl and let sit, covered with a damp towel, for an hour. (At this point, you can begin preparing the filling).


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