Beef Dumplings In Turkey Soup With Kimchi

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Beef dumplings in turkey soup

Beef dumplings in turkey soup

It’s summer here but most days are still very windy, rainy and cold……*sigh*. Soup is still what I like most on those days. One of my favourite soups is turkey soup. Over here in UK, turkey drumsticks, like chicken drumsticks or thighs, are much cheaper than breast meat. I am so happy that’s the case because I only like the thighs and drumsticks. I always buy 2 turkey drumsticks, sometimes 4. I just bake all 4 together to save electricity. You can freeze some if you don’t use all. I cooked this beef dumplings in turkey soup served with kimchi for dinner yesterday.

Baked turkey drumsticks

Baked turkey drumsticks

My family likes turkey drumsticks when they just come out from the oven…juicy and delicious. I only sprinkle it with some sea salt and pepper before baking. We like it dipped in some seasoned soya sauce or homemade chilli sauce. The bones are for making soup. Usually I use the bone of 1 turkey drumstick to make a medium pot of soup. To make it more nutritious, I added ginger, carrots, onions, leeks and celery. Then season with salt and pepper to taste. You can find out more about baking turkey drumsticks at Best Turkey Rice Porridge.

Dumplings is a real comfort food. I only learned how to make dumplings when I came to Scotland. I learned it from my Chinese friends from China. Ever since then, I make dumplings quite often at home. You can have them boiled and dipped in sauce, pan fry them (called pot stickers) or serve them in soup. It’s a very satisfying meal on it’s own. For those who have picky little/big eaters who don’t like vegetables, dumplings are a great way to hide vegetables.

My daughter hates vegetables. But she loves to eat dumplings. She didn’t see me make them UNTIL ONE FINE DAY she happened to drop by while I was making them. And there she went, “OH….MY…GOSH! You put in SO MUCH vegetables????’ I think she almost passed out…haha. I was so amused that she had been eating all along without knowing how much vegetables she actually ate. So thankful that she continues to enjoy them each time I cook.

Making dumplings is very easy. You can use whatever meat you like. I like to add in a lot of vegetables to the filling. For this beef dumplings, I added carrot, celery, leeks, ginger, garlic and coriander. I processed all the vegetables in a processor before adding to the minced meat. Then add some seasonings like salt, pepper and wine. You can find out more about making dumplings at:
Simple, Easy Chinese Dumplings To Make At Home (Part 1)
Simple, Easy Chinese Dumplings To Make at Home (Part 2)
Simple, Easy Chinese Dumplings To Make At Home (Part 3)
Easy To Cook - Crunchy Dumplings For Snack or Appetizer

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by a lovely Chinese friend for a dumpling dinner. It was a fun evening as all of us help out with the dumplings. We were amused that the dumplings came out in different shapes as some of us were still learning. Here are some of the pictures to show how dumplings are made. Well, until today, I still can’t roll out the dough like the real Chinese do…..*sigh*. I roll it out like rolling out pastry!! Of course no one at home dare to complain otherwise the cook will go on strike……*grin*.

Kneading dough into a ring

Kneading dough into a ring

Push a hole through a piece of dough and gently knead the dough around so that the ring becomes bigger and thinner. I don’t do this at home. I cut the dough into strips and then cut them into small pieces. I think this is a better way as the dough gets further kneading to get that chewy texture when you bite into the cooked dumplings.

Pinch off small pieces of dough

Pinch off small pieces of dough

Break the ring of dough and pinch off into small pieces like the size of marbles. I was told dumplings are not delicious if they are too big. I kept very quiet because my dumplings are usually big as I want to stuff in more filling and also want to save time…..*smile*. Well, as long as there is no master chef, I can get away with it….*wink*.

Press the dough pieces

Press the dough pieces

Press the dough pieces to make for easy rolling.

Roll out the dough pieces

Roll out the dough pieces

Roll out the dough pieces….one hand rolling and one hand turning the dough around. It looks easy but I just couldn’t do it. My hands tend to get in knots….haha. You can try that at home and let me know.

Dumplings ready to be cooked

Dumplings ready to be cooked

The wrap the filling with the dough pieces. We make lots of them….5 big plates! After 3 big plates we started the cooking. The rest we continue to make as we cook and eat. It was such a fun evening!!

Cooking beef dumplings in turkey soup

Cooking beef dumplings in turkey soup

Cooking dumplings is very easy if you have the soup ready. You can just boil the dumplings in boiling water like what my friends did and served with some nice sauce or you can do like what I did here. I added the dumplings to the boiling turkey soup. You can also boil the dumplings separately and then add to the soup. I just added to the soup to cook….less pots to wash….*wink*. The soup also taste much better. To make everyone eat more vegetables, I added more vegetables into the soup.

Korean healthy kimchi

Korean healthy kimchi

This dish is already very delicious on its own. But to make it even much better, serve it with kimchi. That’s a perfect combination. I am very thankful that a very close Korean friend, Sook, made a jar of kimchi for me last week. I was invited to her house for a lovely Korean meal and came home with a big jar of kimchi! So sweet of her! I was so touched by her friendliness and kindness. Sook’s kimchi has a little sour taste due to the fermentation which I really like. We added some into the soup….mmm….really delicious.

kimchi turkey soup

kimchi turkey soup

I ¬†was totally enjoying my bowl of beef dumplings that I almost forgot to take a picture of kimchi in the soup. Got it just in time before I licked the bowl clean……:*grin*. What a satisfying meal! Everyone was happy and satisfied……*big smiles*

When I first went to Korea, I didn’t like kimchi. One day my Korean friends cooked instant Korean noodles for me and served some kimchi with it, a very mild type, to start me off. They were smart…*big smiles*. I got hooked INSTANTLY! That was SO good. Later they taught me how to make kimchi. I still make whenever I have time but I must say Sook’s kimchi taste much better. To learn how to make kimchi, click¬†How To Make Korean Kimchi.

Note : To make healthier dumplings, I used spelt flour instead of the normal plain flour to make the dumpling skin.

Hope you will try out making dumplings for a meal if you haven’t. You can make it a family affair where everyone helps. It’s fun to make and eat. But mind you, if you ask little kids to help, you need to make more dough because some will disappear and turned into play dough…….*grin*. You will probably end up with some dinosaur dough pieces in the soup!

Other turkey recipes that you may be interested in:
Rice Noodles In Turkey Soup
Wantans In Turkey Soup
Dry Turkey Wontons

Quote of the day……

“Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.”

- Bruce Barton

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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Stella  on August 3rd, 2011

I am here!!

Stella  on August 3rd, 2011

OMG! first!!!!!! =)))
I love dumplings too! But I am too lazy to make my own skins.. =P Maybe one day.. =P
I use ‘old’ kimchi to make stews.. very delicious..

kristy  on August 3rd, 2011

Woooow….such a fun & a spicy hot day! :o) No kidding, your male friend did all the rolling work??? I think he did better than any women. lol! haha…. Just tempted me to make my own dumpling skin too. And the kimchi soup sounds fantastic with dumpling. Slurp….
Thanks for sharing.
Hope you’re enjoying your day.

kristy  on August 3rd, 2011

Btw, puasa just started here on Monday!

Bo W  on August 3rd, 2011

I wish it were cold enough here to eat soup…I love dumplings!

Mary  on August 3rd, 2011

@Stella - Haha….yes, you are first! Wonder what the other 2 are going to say. I’m sure you are going to get something….one from the left and one from the right….ooops! :P I’m waiting, biting my finger hard…haha. And I need to start making lots of kimchi for the soup….mmm

@kristy - Oh yes, but he is so fast. You should see him do it. I was just amazed. I wish I can roll like him! Tell you, in China, most men are very good on making the dumpling dough and rolling out the skin. The women wrap and cook the dumplings. As for my hubby, I think he would rather not eat! Hope you have a fun day, too! :D Btw, are you also having puasa?

@Bo W - Eat and run for a cold shower….hehe :P

somewhere in singapore  on August 3rd, 2011

Dinner time, but i have not taken my dinner yet… keke…

penny aka jeroxie  on August 3rd, 2011

oh YUMmmm…. Good idea with the kimchi :)

Peachie  on August 3rd, 2011

I’ve tried making dumplings before with store bought skins but it looks fun to roll out your own dough!
Absolutely love anything with kimchi…kimchi chigae, kimchi fried rice…mmmm, i think i shall have to get myself som kimchi soon!

divya  on August 3rd, 2011

Healthy and yummy dish… Making me so hungry

Drick  on August 3rd, 2011

even in the heat of summer, as our temps are hanging in the 3-digits, I want some of your turkey soup, esp with the dumplings, I have never made homemade ones but have use wrappers before which were very chewy… I know homemade would be better… hope all is well, how it the restaurant doing?

Supergirl was here  on August 3rd, 2011

WOOT! Pandy lost again! Doing my happy dance! Kekeke. I’ll need some music along with my happy dance. JENG JENG JENG TOINK TOINK TOINK BIBU BIBU BIBU :D.

Supergirl was here  on August 3rd, 2011

And oh my gosh! I just realized I have another competitor! Aaaack! Oh no! Lol! Looks like I’ll need to find “nutty” music for this competitor. Lol. Happy dance slowly fading. Back to packing. Lol.

Faith  on August 3rd, 2011

Such delicioius food, Mary! It’s a bit damp and rainy here today so the beef dumplings in turkey soup would be the perfect remedy. Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial!

anncoo  on August 3rd, 2011

I love both and they are my favorite. I’m really wanted to fly over and have these dishes with you :)

Supergirl was here  on August 3rd, 2011

Hmm…maybe next time you have this soup you will add another type of leeks. Haha. Your soup looks super delicious! And those turkey drumsticks…yes please! I’d probably eat all the skin first though. Teehee. So which daughter is this that doesn’t like veggies? I sure hope it’s not little dynamite or I may need to have some words with her. Haha. No worries though, I’ll be sure to finish all the veggies on my plate, maybe even someone else’s too. Teehee. And I like big dumplings. See how well we’d get along ;). You’re so right, if I asked my boy to help, there’d definitely be dinosaurs in my soup. They would come along with dinosaur noises these days too. Haha. Ok I’m so hungry now. Your blog is pure torture. Lol.

Pepy@Indonesia Eats  on August 3rd, 2011

Can I have these for later? Looking very tempting

Cheah  on August 3rd, 2011

Love both the dumplings and kimchi as well. A lot of work, kneading and rolling the dumpling skin though.

Mary  on August 3rd, 2011

@somewhere in singapore - You can make these and enjoy a good meal :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@Peachie - Yes, it’s fun to make own dumpling skin. Besides it tastes much better, too. I love everything with kimchi too. Oh the kimchi fried rice is just awesome. I love kimchi pancakes, too. Well, I think I am juts making myself hungry…haha :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Drick - I am doing fine here. Thanks, Drick! My food biz is also getting along….not too hectic which is good :D You are very good in cooking. I think you will know how to make the dumpling skin very easily. Give a try. I still prefer homemade ones.

@Supergirl was here - Haha….you must be so happy even though you lose to someone. Music? Just go for ‘The Bare Necessities!’ :D Your kids will dance with you…hehe. Have fun packing!

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! Surprisingly we have very good weather today :D I wish it stays that way!

@anncoo - Awww….I wish and wish and wish that you will come here for a visit! I will cook and enjoy all your favourite food together with you :D

@Supergirl was here - Oh yes, usually I do add the other type of leeks…haha….but ran out of it. So I added more coriander :D I have to cook this for you too…..big dumplings….hehe. Oh yes, you need to talk to my little dynamite about the important of eating veggies and fruits. I need your super power :D Ok, lots of veggies…and prawns too of course :P Haha…I would love to hear how your son makes the dinosaur sound.

@Pepy@Indonesia Eats - Come and I will cook lots for you :D

@Cheah - Learn to cheat, Cheah! :P I tried to cheat when I roll the dumpling skin but caught by that man in the picture…..haha. So, not only learn to cheat but must be able to cheat well! :P

Cikmanggis  on August 3rd, 2011

hai mary…terima kasih info yang menarik tentang Dumpling:)selepas ini Cm akan buat dumpling sendiri…memang sudah lama sangat teringin nak buat dumpling tapi rasa macam susah je.Bila baca n3 mary kali ini baru tahu tak sesusah yang disangka..terima kasih mary:)

teresa  on August 3rd, 2011

oh i just adore dumplings! these look so good!

faye  on August 3rd, 2011

Hello Mary,
Greetings from Vancouver. Like you, maybe, I had to learn to cook when I migrated to Canada. I enjoyed reading your stories as much as your recipes. I have a husband who hates anything green. He is 57 and still mad at his mom for trying to make him eat broccoli by hiding it under the steak. He said that it insulted his intelligence. Hmm.
He sometimes suffered from gout, eating so much rich food. So, like you, I have to be a devil and try to find way of making him eat some vegetables without him knowing. One time I made this broccoli cream soup with loads of cheese and pepper (alas, its not healthy but the cheese might help). He look at it with such anger, so I said, just try one little teaspoon and if you don’t like, you don’t have to eat it. Guess what, he love it. He is worse than your daughter.
Before I forget, thank you for your recipes and stories, reminds me of my early kampong life in Singapore.

Shirley  on August 4th, 2011

Our family loves dumplings too!

Selina  on August 4th, 2011

Looks delicious!! I love dumplings and a great post on showing how they are made

uncle Lee  on August 4th, 2011

Hi Mary, I’ve never tried this, but love kim chi.
And Koreans are one of the healthiest people on earth, because of their daily intake of kim chi…..has lots of garlic.
But this sure looks delicious.
Best regards.

Angie's Recipes  on August 4th, 2011

That’s what I call a dumpling master!

jen  on August 4th, 2011

I just had pork&shrimp dumplings for lunch. it was delicious! I actually don’t mind having it every day. its my favorite food :) Thanks for sharing lovely. Have an awesome day :D


Barbara  on August 4th, 2011

Mary, I love the look of your raspberry ice cream! I am going to try that recipe.

And now for these delicious dumplings! Oh my, I do love dumplings. They look super in that soup. I made them myself a while back. My pleating wasn’t very good, but it was fun to try!

Mary  on August 5th, 2011

@Cikmanggis - Yes, making dumplings become easier each time. I found it a little difficult in the beginning but soon I find it becomes easier each time. Have fun making dumplings! Would love to see how you get along with it :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@faye - Thanks very much, Faye, for ur lovely comment & sharing! :D I am so amused when you mentioned that your husband said it’s an insult to his intelligence when he is asked to eat veggies…..haha. My girl has used that on me yet….phew….haha. Have fun cooking :D

@Shirley - Lovely to know that, Shirley :D

@Selina - Thanks very much, Selina! :D

@uncle Lee - Totally agree with you about the Koreans. I was so surprised when I was in Korea….all the men that I met do not have a bulging tummy. They are all so slim and healthy! Now I think I better send my hubby to Korea :P

@Angie’s Recipes - You are right…that man makes very good dumplings….fast too. I sure have to keep practicing :D

@jen - Pork and shrimp dumplings sound very delicious….mmm. I will be making dumplings again this weekend :D Hope you hv a great day ad have fun cooking!

@Barbara - Thanks very much, Barbara! Sometimes I cheat. I just squeeze the edges together especially if it’s for boiling. But if it’s for pan frying then I have to pleat it. Totally agree with you that it’s fun to make :D

lena  on August 5th, 2011

kimchi soup sounds delicious! i would like to have that with my instant noodles! that man is a chef?

rebecca  on August 5th, 2011

wow impressive soup looks so good sorry the British weather is so unpredictable I remember living in Aberdeen have a great weekend

Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~  on August 5th, 2011

Mary this looks amazing. I love the stories and all the food here is amazing. Nice play by play on making the dumplings. I like to buy just some turkey drumsticks(they are cheaper here too) and roast, but my daughter is not so thrilled but eats it anyway.

Pandy Was Late  on August 6th, 2011

I seriously miss dumplings so much!! The first pic definitely make me so hungry ..It looks so so tasty…how i wish to have it now… I can have few bowls..being greedy Is so nice to enjoy a bowl of soup during cold days..=) I’ve never try kimchi before…hmmm… Gotta try it someday.

Supergirl….u beat me but not first…lol. Good that we have a new competitor now… hahahaha… Jeng Jeng Jeng…

Catherine  on August 6th, 2011

Oooh Mary, what an excellent post! I love that you save electricity by batch cooking, then freezing half for another time, then use the bones for stock! That is VERY clever :D
I would love some little dinosaur shaped dumplings in my soup hee hee! You have some wonderful friends, sharing the wisdom :)

Joy  on August 6th, 2011

Your dumplings look great.

Shirley  on August 6th, 2011

A Happy Friendship DAy to you!

tigerfish  on August 8th, 2011

Windy, rainy and cold summer? :O I bet this soup must have made up for the freaky weather.

Sarah  on August 14th, 2011

I agree dumplings are a true comfort food. I will need to try this recipe. It looks so tasty.

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