Bolin's Favorite Dumplings | Republic City | Legend of Korra Recipes

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Bolin's Favorite Dumplings | Republic City | Legend of Korra Recipes

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Bolin and Mako spent plenty of time on the streets of Republic City, most of their lives in fact, so they know nearly everything the city has to offer. After a long day of working the streets for the Triple Threats, they'd often stop for some fresh dumplings on their way back home.

These dumplings are Bolin's favorite for a reason - not only do they remind him of his parents and his brother, but as he grows, they come to remind him of home and simpler times before Kuvira took control.

Luckily for Bolin and Mako, even though they spent much of their youth homeless, they never had to eat too much street gruel to get by.

Using spicy red curry, sweet mango chutney, and a variety of Thai influenced tastes like fish sauce, ginger and lemon grass - these dumplings certainly are bursting with flavor.

Start by stirring together the ground turkey meat with the curry paste, chutney, garlic powder, onion powder, green onions, ginger, and lemon grass. Spritz the meat mix with soy sauce, lemon juice and fish sauce, then season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the egg and chill until ready to add to the wrappers.

To make the wrappers, begin by combining flour with hot water until a smooth dough forms.

Be sure to let the dough rest to break down the starches to make it easier to roll out. I left mine covered in a warm place for about 20 minutes. It's not going to rise, but it will definitely get softer to the touch.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface to be able 1/4 of an inch thick. Then use a cookie cutter or upside down glass to cut out circles from the rolled dough. Each wrapper should be about two inches across to hold one tablespoon of filling.

Add a tablespoon of filling to the center of each wrapper, then fold the wrapper in half and seal the edges with some water. Pinch the edges together so no filling will come out while the dumplings are boiling.

Toss the wrapped dumplings into a pot of boiling water. Wait for the water to come to a boil again then add one cup of water. Let the pot come to a boil once more, then add an additional cup of water. Finally, once it reaches a boil again, remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon.

Let the dumplings dry for a few minutes as you heat up a few tablespoons of sesame oil in a medium sized skillet.

Add the dumplings to the skillet, one side down, and saute until golden brown and crispy.

The best thing about these dumplings is that they are not only extremely delicious, but also very versatile. They can be paired with almost any dish in the Earth Kingdom too, which is a definite plus.

Share the dumplings with your best friend, brother, or your Avatar buddy!


Tags: Legend of Korra , Avatar , Dumplings , Chinese

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Bolin's Favorite Dumplings | Republic City | Legend of Korra Recipes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Makes 2 dozen dumplings


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  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Thai seasoning (lemon grass, ginger, cilantro, chile pepper)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup hot water
  • salt & pepper

Here's How:

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  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with the mango chutney, red curry paste, Thai seasonings, fresh ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Stir in the egg. Chill until ready to fill the wrappers.
  2. Using another large bowl, mix together the water with the flour, stirring until a soft dough forms. Roll the dough into a ball and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to be about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use a cup or cookie cutter to create 2 inch wide circles of dough.
  4. Bring two cups of water to a boil. Place a tablespoon of the turkey filling into the center of each wrapper. Fold the wrapper over the filling and seal the edges with some water. Pinch the edges closed.
  5. Place the dumplings into the boiling water in batches of 10 dumplings. Let the water come to a boil, then add an additional cup of water. Bring the water to a boil again and add one more cup. When the water begins to boil for a third time, remove the dumplings from the water with a slotted spoon. This ensures the dumplings are fully cooked. Repeat process with remaining dumplings.
  6. Let the dumplings dry for a few minutes while preparing a skillet with some sesame oil. Bring the skillet to a medium high temperature, then add the dumplings one side down. Saute until crispy and golden brown. Serve with soy sauce and enjoy!

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