If you have a standard bamboo steamer, you'll need to cook the dumplings in two batches; with a two-tiered bamboo steamer, though, you can steam all of them at once. If you don't have a bamboo steamer, you can use a wok, vegetable steamer, and pie plate (see page 254 for instructions). Each dumpling cooks atop a carrot slice; the carrots prevent the dumplings from sticking to the steamer, and they serve as edible "trays." If the dumplings are touching in the basket, they may stick together once cooked.
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup finely chopped leek (about 1 large)
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped
30 wonton wrappers
30 (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot (about 3 large carrots)
How to Make It
To prepare sauce, combine the first 5 ingredients.
To prepare dumplings, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and 1 tablespoon ginger; sauté 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Combine leek mixture, mirin, salt, black pepper, and shrimp, stirring well.
Working with 1 wonton wrapper at a time (cover remaining wrappers with a damp towel to prevent drying), spoon about 1 tablespoon shrimp mixture into center of each wrapper. Moisten edges of wrapper with water; bring 2 opposite corners to center, pinching points to seal. Bring remaining 2 corners to center, pinching points to seal. Pinch 4 edges together to seal.
Add water to a wok or large skillet to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil. Line a bamboo steamer with 15 carrot slices; arrange 15 dumplings on top of carrot slices. Cover with steamer lid. Place steamer in pan; steam dumplings 12 minutes. Remove dumplings from steamer; cover and keep warm. Repeat procedure with the remaining carrot slices and dumplings. Serve with sauce.