Cooking legend

After posting the other day that I hardly use the stove anymore, I did use it yesterday for something that made me feel very clever…

Egg and Garlic Chive Pot-sticker Dumplings



5 eggs
1 tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce
bunch garlic chives
teaspoon cornflour plus more for preventing sticking

Crack eggs into a bowl and mix with oyster sauce. Cook in a frypan like scrambled eggs (they don’t need to be cooked through). Mix together with chopped chives and cornflour.

Put a teaspoon of mixture in a dumpling wrapper (the white ones, not the yellow ones), moisten edges and crimp together. Nobody really cares if it’s perfect!

When you run out of filling or wrappers, put them in a frypan with a splash of peanut oil and ¼ cup water. Crank up the heat and put a lid on. The dumplings will steam until the water evaporates, and then the bottoms will crisp up nicely.

I served mine with chinese red dumpling vinegar (I have no idea what this is really called), but that isn’t really necessary – they are entirely delicious without sauce!

Recipe adapted/stolen from

8 thoughts on “Cooking legend”

  1. Hi Disco knitter (great concept)

    I found this link via the thermomix site. Your dumplings are beautiful–how did you get them so beautifully crimped? Did you use a tool, or are there any tips for doing them by hand?


    1. Awww, thanks Lelly!

      No trick, and not even years of practice – just keep doing it and you’ll naturally get better at it. I also use water to brush the edges so they stick better, and some of the really neat looking ones were done by the husbeast – he’s slow, but a perfectionist!

      One thing that might help, ask your kids to help. Hopefully if they do a few shocking ones you can feel better about your own attempts. Unless your kids are perfectionists too! Maybe a friend or neighbour 🙂


  2. Thank you Lara for your prompt reply. We have recently returned from China where we ate a delicious dish of egg and garlic chives, sans dumplings, and so I’m looking forward to trying these.

    As I said earlier, I stumbled on your blog via the thermomix forum, and intrigued by the “disco knitter” concept, I read back and back until I found myself in tears, reading about the trials and tribulations you have had to face over the past year or so. I was deeply touched by your story and marvel how you have managed to articulate it so beautifully. In fact, I hope you don’t think it wierdly stalkerish or anything that I would spend hours reading the blog of someone that I only discovered via a dumpling recipe, but you write so beautifully and honestly,that I found I couldn’t stop reading. (BTW, I was an ABA counsellor–well, in the days when it was called being an NMAA counsellor) so I felt we would share many philosophies and parenting approaches). We had a medical scare during my third pregnancy and your story reminded me how lucky we are that all ended well for us. Being the mother of three teenagers now, is very different from having a preschooler and all the heartwarming moments you share about your darling son Inigo made me smile and remember moments with my children at his age.

    My heart goes out to you Lara and I send you my condolances on the loss of your sons Aubrey and Archie and hope you a find a path through your grief to happier times. I found this quite hard to write to someone I don’t know, but felt compelled to do so. Best wishes,



    1. Thank you Lesley, for reaching out online – it can be confronting, but I appreciate the time you took to respond. I initially started this blog to document my knitting projects, but as you can see it has become so much more than that! Through it I have met o many lovely people, and I am happy to add you to the list 🙂

      The past year has been very difficult – but all of us go through difficult times. I am just sharing mine!




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