Tapioca Dumplings - Saku Sai Moo สาคูไส้หมู

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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.

4 Servings, Prep Time: , Total Time:

Tips and Techniques

  • Many people, including my mother, like adding preserved turnip, which comes in 2 flavors, salty or sweet. If you use sweet one, hold the sugar. If you use the salty one, skip the fish sauce. 
  • Onion helps bind the filling together and adds sweetness.
  • Oil the dumplings before removing from the steamer to prevent sticking. 
  • Using peanuts with or without skin doesn't make any difference.
  • If you have toasted peanuts, that works, too. 
  • If you do not have a steamer, an alternative cooking method is boiling. However, a broken dumpling will spill its contents into the boiling water.
  • Tapioca Pearl Dumplings can be made in succession. You can make the tapioca pearl dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. The filling can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge as well. When you are ready bring the dough out and knead it a few times. You can then do the rest of the steps: forming the dumpling, steaming and eating!
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Fried Garlic

Gratiem jiew กระเทียมเจียว
5 Servings, Prep Time: 4 Minutes, Total Time: 4 Minutes

Tips and Techniques

  • I use olive oil with recipe with a great success.
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