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Monday, April 12, 2021

Weekend cooking: lamb dumplings

We’re back with more weekend recipes! Take the sting out of this weekend being only two days and try your hand at something savoury.

Lamb dumplings with sesame sauce and chilli oil

Recipe by Dan Hong for Australian Lamb.

Prep: 30mins

Cook: 5 mins

Makes 30 dumplings


500g lamb mince

2 tbsp sesame oil

4 tsp salt

6 tsp sugar

2 cloves garlic finely grated

Small knob of ginger finely grated

30 gow gee wrappers

Chilli oil

1 jar of Lau Gan Ma crispy chilli oil with peanuts

300ml grapeseed oil


150g Chinese sesame paste or smooth peanut butter as substitute

120ml black vinegar

150ml light soy sauce

100g sugar

To serve

Coriander leaves

Green shallots (scallions) finely chopped

1 cucumber cut into julienne (discard seeds)

Wearing gloves and using your hands, marinate lamb mince in a bowl with sesame oil, salt, sugar, garlic and ginger.

To make the dumplings, moisten the edges of wrappers with a little water and then place about 2 teaspoons of marinated lamb in the middle. Bring edges up and seal tightly by pressing with fingers to seal. Store in a tray uncovered until ready to use.

For chilli oil, mix the Lau Gan Ma with grapeseed oil and store in an airtight container.

For dressing, mix all ingredients with a whisk until well combined and store in airtight container.

Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Blanch dumplings in batches for approximately 4-5 minutes. Using a spider (soft touch wire strainer), carefully take dumplings out and place in a bowl around 7-8 dumplings per bowl. Spoon over about 5 tablespoons of sesame dressing over the dumplings, followed by 5 tablespoons of chilli oil. Garnish with julienne cucumber, scallions and coriander leaves.


  • You can make these dumplings up to 3 hours ahead of time.
  • The dumplings freeze well! You can boil them from frozen, just double the cooking time.
  • Leftover marinated lamb mince can be made into meatballs and grilled or even stir fried and served on top of some blanched noodles.

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