Chinese Chive Pockets

Making this thing is easy than you can ever imagine, try this simple hack and you will be surprised.   Chinese Chive Pockets is a Chinese style dumpling filled with Chinese chive, soft scrambled eggs, minced prawns and mushrooms.

Usually, this dish comes in a shape of semi-circle, typically made with a pastry dough but today we will be making a shortcut using spring rolls pastry as a hack, making this beauty really easy to prepare. The filling, in its most basic traditional form uses Chinese chives and scrambled eggs, then additional fillings can be added like minced pork, minced prawns, dried shrimps, vermicelli noodles and the list goes on. It can be simply seasoned with salt and pepper but for a more Asian tasting dish you can also use Sichuan pepper, Chinese five spice powder and/or sesame oil. It is then pan fried until crispy on the outside, think of it like a Chinese empanada.

It is a popular dish in Northern part of China, a popular street food and dim sum where it is often prepared for New Year’s celebration. While it is still far away from New Year’s there is no reason not to make this one at home, with this simple hack, it makes this amazing dish a breeze to make. For our recipe today we are using real prawns that we finely chopped together with some rehydrated shiitake mushroom to give it an umami boost, it’s definitely one snack that you can’t resist.

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Chinese Chive Pockets

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Chinese Chive Pockets is a Chinese style dumpling filled with Chinese chive, soft scrambled eggs, minced prawns and mushrooms.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Scrambled Eggs

Filling

  • 350 g Chinese garlic chives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup prawns, finely chopped
  • 3 pcs rehydrated dried shiitake, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • salt
  • oil

Pastry

  • frozen spring roll wrappers
  • 1 tsp cornstarch (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)
  • oil

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine all scrambled eggs ingredients together, mix well.
  2. Place wok over medium high heat, add oil and once it starts to smoke pour beaten eggs and cook them while slowly mixing in a circular motion for 15 seconds. Once eggs started to solidify turn heat off, it should still be moist and not dry. Remove from wok then set it aside.
  3. Using the same wok over medium heat add oil then cook shiitake mushrooms, once mushrooms are slightly brown on the edges add the prawns then cook for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine scrambled eggs, mushroom and prawn then the rest of the filling ingredients, mix thoroughly. Set it aside.
  5. Prepare the pastry, using a double layer spring roll, place a heaping 1/4 cup of filling in the middle then fold the edges to form like a box. Secure the boxes with a cornstarch slurry then set aside seam side down, do it with the rest of the remaining filling.
  6. In a non-stick pan, add a little bit of oil then in medium low heat cook the chive boxes for 3 minutes on each side, with the frying pan covered. Remove the lid then continue to cook for a minute on each side or until pasty is golden brown and crispy.
  7. Remove from pan then serve while hot.

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6 Responses

  1. I love chives..but these chive pockets are new to me. They look very good!

  2. Michelle says:

    These look amazing, Raymund! Love how simple yet delicious these chive pockets are!

  3. suituapui says:

    My girl would love this. She loves chives.

  4. I’ve never heard of chive pockets, but these sound delicious – I love all of the ingredients in there! Is there a difference between Chinese chives and ‘traditional’ chives??

  5. Chives and eggs make such a wonderful and flavourful combination. And the crisp pastry exterior brings this to a different level. How delicious indeed!

  6. Believe ot or not, I can eat garlic chives as they aren’t really garlic. I love this recipe, Raymund – and they are so beautifully folded! Added to my list for fun appetizers!

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