Tea-infused sticky sesame dumplings

Tea-infused sticky sesame dumplings

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Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong
Makes
12
Photographer
Stuart Scott

Tea formed the basis of an important and complex series of trading routes that criss-crossed south-west China, connecting the country to Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar and India. Crossing some of the highest terrain in the world, these routes were collectively known as the ‘Tea Horse Trail’. Green tea imparts a great fragrance to these sweet, sticky, chewy dumplings. As I was making them among the tea fields, it began bucketing with rain, so I thought I might as well collect the rainwater for my dumpling skins. They turned out perfect.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
75g glutinous rice flour
35g rice ­flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
20g dark palm sugar, chopped into small pieces
2 tablespoons green tea leaves
1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds, toasted

Method

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the rice ­flours and the salt. Add 100ƒml water and stir with a spoon until the mixture is well combined and comes together as a sticky but smooth dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a small ball.
  3. Working with one portion at a time, push on each one with your thumb to form a small hollow in the centre. Place ½ ƒteaspoon of the palm sugar in each one. Seal the hollow by squeezing the dough together over it, then gently roll each dumpling into a neat ball shape again, pinching to seal well. Place on plastic wrap so they don’t stick to the work surface.
  4. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add the tea leaves. Working in two batches, boil the dumplings for 6 ƒminutes, or until they rise to the surface.
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon, allowing the water to drain o•ff, and place the dumplings straight onto a serving platter.
  6. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve hot.
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