Cabbage, Pork and Shrimp Dumplings
The ideal combination of crispy and chewy, these garlicky pork and shrimp dumplings from Anita Lo are weeknight-friendly thanks to store-bought wrappers. The filling, a quick stir-together mix of pork, shrimp, napa cabbage, garlic chives, ginger, garlic, and pantry staples such as soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, and oyster sauce, comes together in a flash. Before pleating the filled dumplings, moisten the edges just slightly so they stick together. Lo prefers white store-bought wrappers over yellow ("the yellow is just food dye," she says) and as fresh as you can find. As a tip for determining freshness, she suggests looking at them through the package: Avoid any that are dry and cracked at the edges; those will be less fresh—and less pliable—when it's time to fold them.