Pop a tapioca dumpling in your mouth and the taste bud dance begins. Even before the dumpling is open to release the flavors, the fried garlic crunches with an appetizing aroma. The coarsely ground peanuts and well seasoned filling contrasts with the sticky, bland tapioca wrap. Take a small bite of the fresh chili pepper and the heat from chili pepper keeps you on your toes. You will quickly add the green lettuce to quell the heat and follow with the fresh cilantro to complete the dumpling experience.
Making Tapioca Pearl Dumplings, a popular street snack, at home can be easy if things are done right. It may seems like there are many steps, but it's simpler than it looks.
A good tapioca dumpling should be small enough to fit into your mouth, with some room for lettuce, cilantro and chili peppers. It should have a good balance of strong seasoned filling and bland wrap. The wrap should be soft and thin. The filling should have a good scent of toasted peanut and cilantro roots.