Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sharkfin Dumplings with Spicy Rice-Flake Soup



Of course I didn't use real shark fins...;)! I don't really see the point why anyway. I have tried eating shark fins quite a few times, usually in soups with crab meat. They're ok, but also quite tasteless. The texture is a bit jelly-like and reminds me of cellophane noodles - which I used in my dumplings instead of real shark fins. I made these fake shark fin dumplings quite some time ago, after browsing some recipes from my beloved Chinese Snacks cookbook. I ate my dumplings with rice flake soup drizzled with chili oil and roasted peanuts.



Ingredients (adapted from Chinese Snacks by Huang Su-Hei)
(makes around 30 - 40 dumplings)

(Fake) Shark Fin Dumplings
  • 250 g chopped prawns
  • 100 g pork fat (I didn't use this)
  • 100 g ground pork
  • 100 g pre-softened cellophane noodles
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • wonton skins
Spicy Rice-Noodle Soup
  • 100 g rice flakes
  • 400 ml chicken broth ( I used 2 chicken thighs to make the chicken broth)
  • 2 tbs chili oil
  • Salt, pepper, sugar and chopped green onions


Rice flakes


Rice Flakes after cooking


Drizzle chili oil onto the dumplings. I used ready-made Szechuan chili oil which is very hot and aromatic.

By the way, I submitted two pictures to Maangchi's site some time ago. My pictures are the Piggy pork buns and Mandu with Kimchi. Please vote for me...!! You have to log in to vote, but it only takes around 2-3 minutes. Thanks in advance for your support - it's highly appreciated :)! Here are the two pictures:



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46 comments:

  1. Un plato como siempre fantastico, se ve delicioso.

    Saludos

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  2. Shark fin dumplings looks delicious.

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  3. The rice flakes look like Kuey Chap?

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  4. @ Tigerfish - I think these rice flakes are used for kuey chap as well, yes, but I am not that sure...!!

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  5. looks delicious, the shape like the 燕 饺 soup I always eat.

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  6. That's a great recipe. I particularly like the rice flake soup. I have never seen rice flakes in the market. Where do you get them from?

    http://spoon-and-chopsticks.blogspot.com/

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  7. Oh that's so cool I love this dish. I was wondering what to do with rice flakes! Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. yumms! these looks good! your so good at cooking!!

    have a lovely thanksgiving weekend!
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  9. Looks delicious. I have to agree, I've had shark fin soup many times at restaurants and banquets, but it doesn't taste like much.

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  10. Hi,

    Dats a new recipe for me but looks smashing...Wish you were my neighbour!!

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  11. ehehe i was a bit taken aback when i saw the "shark's fin" part...glad you didn't use real shark's fin :D

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  12. Wow! I love the rice noodle, love to buy the instant type and eat for days when I am too lazy to cook; your dumplings looks so full of fillings, just the way I like it:D

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  13. Grazie tante per aver visitato il mio blog Cara!!!:-)
    Questo piatto è splendido e siccome mi piace molto,ti aggiungo alla mia lista amici!!!;-)
    Tanti baci a presto..:-***

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  14. Your shark fin dumplings and rice noodle soup look superb. I'd love to enjoy this wonderful combination for lunch. I'd definitely have to agree with you about shark fins having no taste. I seriously don't see why people even use it. Plus, it's so expensive.

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  15. The noodles make a good sub, I like the texture.

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  16. You're a dumpling queen. All of your dumpling creations always look so appetizing :D

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  17. WaH CG, seems like u like dumplings alot! I love it too~!!

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  18. @ Coraine - Yes, I do like dumpling a lot ;). I am a yum cha fanatic...!!

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  19. Wow, another yummy treat from a wonderful cook! They look really scrumptious. Will hop over to make the vote after this. Enjoy your day!
    Cheers, Kristy

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  20. @ Spoon and Chopsticks - I got the rice flakes from my local Asian grocery store :).

    @ Kristy - THANK YOU...!!

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  21. Wow this dish looks delicious! And good luck with Maangchi's contest! i'll put in a vote for you!

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  22. This looks delicious and my son would love it! Lots of good flavors here!

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  23. These look really delicious. I love both!

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  24. These two dishes are my favourite! Thanks for sharing, must make them soon.

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  25. I just signed up the Maangchi's site. Later will vote for your cute little piggy bun's photo. :)

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  26. wow...the dumplings look yummy...drool drool :D

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  27. Soup looks refreshing and healthy.

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  28. I'm loving all of your dumplings CG! And this is great because hubby refuses to eat shark's fin on a cruelty basis so I can do this! :)

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  29. love the idea of using the noodles as a substitute for sharks fins. your dumplings look so yummy!

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  30. Both dishes sounds really appetizing with the hot chili oil. I like the rice noodle soup.

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  31. I don't if I have ever eaten shark fins, but I am glad to hear your sentiment, and see that cellphane noodles do the same job. These dumplings look delicious!!!

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  32. Your dumplings sound delicious. I like all the bold flavors in them. Yum!

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  33. Oh my! You never run out of dumpling ideas! Sharks fin or no sharks fin, these look as delicious as ever!

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  34. I really need to move next door to you. What scrumptious feast.

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  35. Wow this looks so good. Yum.. never tried this dish and now I sure want to.

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  36. Gosh .. your cooking really looks good.
    When can I pay you a dinner visit, lol..
    Mel

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  37. CG, Thanks for following my blog. Loves all the feast that you have created. Hope to hear from you in the future.

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  38. I love any and all kind so of dumplings! This looks so delicious. I'm going to go vote for you - the piggies are so cute!

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  39. Nice clean pics btw!

    I saw a recipe with shark fin long time ago and it was a vegetarian one.

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  40. Yummy! Your dumplings look great :)I love dumplings of all kinds hehe..good idea on the cellophane noodles as 'sharksfin'

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  41. Fantastic soup. Big bold flavors. Lovely presentation as well. Very intrguing recipe for the fake shark fin dumplings.

    Be well

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  42. These dumplings look so yummy and such lovely colours too! Good clicks!

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  43. I love Kuay Chap (Rice flakes) and your dumplings look really good with the chilli oil.
    I once bought imitation shark fins, but my hubby found them unpleasant to eat.

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  44. I like your plate, very traditional!

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  45. Thank God you didn't use real shark fins, haha. It's the one animal I won't eat, and I find it sad to see shark on the menu. Your dumplings are shark-free and look great!

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