Shrimp and Pork Dumplings

We have the pleasure of welcoming KP’s parents to New Orleans and on my first day off in two weeks, we had a leisurely breakfast of eggs and toast to follow last night’s feast of shrimp and pork dumplings. Ralph and Marilyn are fantastic examples of how wanderlust and a sense of adventure should ripen as we age. They make me want to grow up to be young, just as they are. With great costumes.

lighthouse party

dumpling pork breakfast dumplings

Shrimp and Pork Dumplings

Adapted from Food and Wine

3/4 ounces dried shiitake mushroom caps

1/2 pound fatty ground pork, preferably pork butt

1/2 pound shelled and deveined large shrimp, finely chopped

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1/3 cup finely chopped bamboo shoots

2 tablespoons (or 6 if you let your spouse go at the mincing unsupervised) minced peeled fresh ginger

1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine

1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1/2 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 large egg white

1 tablespoon cornstarch

36 Wanton wrappers

Olive oil, for frying


  1. In a medium bowl, cover the mushrooms with boiling water and let stand, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain well, then squeeze out any excess water. Finely chop the mushrooms.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms with all of the remaining ingredients except the cornstarch, dumpling wrappers and canola oil and fold gently until well blended. Fold in the cornstarch just until incorporated.   dumpling innards
  3. Lay a wrapper in the palm of one hand. Using your finger, brush the outer edge with water. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of filling in the center. Fold the wrapper over the filling to form a half-moon; pinch at the top to adhere. Fold a pleat in the wrapper on the top left, angling back toward the center. Press with your fingers to adhere. Repeat the pleating on the top right of the wrapper to meet the first pleat in the center. Transfer the dumpling to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap; repeat with the rest of the wrappers and filling.
  4. Pour enough canola oil into a large nonstick skillet to cover the bottom. Arrange some of the dumplings in the skillet with a non-pleated side down (you will need to work in batches). Cook over low heat until golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
  5. Carefully pour in enough water to reach halfway up the dumplings. Cover and cook until almost all of the water is absorbed and the filling is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook until all of the liquid has evaporated and the dumplings are crispy on the bottom, about 2 minutes longer. Carefully invert onto a plate. Repeat the process with the remaining dumplings. Serve warm.

And Happy Birthday to Lighthouse for the Blind– KP’s employer and a wonderful provider of services to the disabled in this state. You throw a mean block party with a killer photo booth.


Haiku #267 Sept 24th

Ten days have passed like

useless widgets on a steel

time conveyor belt.

Haiku #268 Sept 25th

I failed to haiku

for ten days and now I am

looking for a theme

Haiku #269 Sept 26th

to unite the days

that have lost separateness

afforded by three

Haiku #270 Sept 27th

discrete lines that

mark the starting and stopping

of one day’s efforts.

Haiku #271 Sept 28th

It is cheating to

write ten haikus at once—as

they cannot help but

Haiku #272 Sept 29th

talk to each other

like young girls bundled into

dumplings at their first

Haiku #273 Sept 30th

sleep over. The words

whisper into the shape and

sound of other words

Haiku #274 Oct 1st

so that the poems

emerge like cookies baked too

closely together.

Haiku #275 Oct 2nd

Chrysanthemums gold

in a bronze watering can

brought by silver loves.

Haiku #276 Oct 3rd

A lighthouse for blind

after a century stands

rounded and tactile.

3 thoughts on “Shrimp and Pork Dumplings

  1. Wonderful photo booth photos, you all really know how to do some fantastic poses! 😉 Also, I love knowing that KP works for Lighthouse for the Blind now! My AmeriCorps group and I toured their Seattle branch, and I was so impressed with their mission and activities. I absolutely love the haiku lines about girls in dumplings at their first sleepovers, your lengthy haiku being like cookies baked too close together, and the gorgeous chrysanthemums! On a final note, I wish the four of you a wonderful rest of your time together! Soak in all the love and goodness 🙂

  2. We are now called Lighthouse Louisiana because we work with individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing as well as DeafBlind. It was a wonderful celebration.

    1. This organization just keeps getting better and better! I’m so glad that you found them, or that they found you!

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