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Crispy Rice Paper Dumplings

So I tried a thing… and it worked. Here, I took the fried rice paper parcels that were all over my socials and turned them into cute-as-a-button crispy rice paper dumplings. All you need is a nifty little dumpling press or dumpling maker device, and before you know it you’ll have perfection on a plate. Drizzle with crispy chilli oil for some umami crunch and get stuck in.


Crispy Rice Paper Dumplings

10 minutes
30 minutes + cooling time
Makes about 12

3 rice paper rounds (about 22cm or 8.5 inches in diameter)

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Marion’s Kitchen Crispy Chilli Oil, or chilli oil of your choice

soy sauce, to serve



50g (1.5 oz) bean thread (cellophane/glass) noodles

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled

½ tsp black peppercorns

100g (3.5 oz) pork mince

½ cup coarsely grated carrot

½ cup finely sliced red cabbage

1 tbsp fish sauce



2 x 8cm-diameter (just over 3 inches) dumpling presses

  • Step 1

    Soak the bean thread noodles for 5 minutes in room temperature water until they’re bendy and pliable (they won’t be cooked at this stage).

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Once your noodles have finished soaking, add them to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes or until just tender. Drain and rinse under tap water until cool to the touch – this will stop them from cooking further. Use scissors to cut the noodles into shorter lengths. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic and pepper to a rough paste.

  • Step 4

    Heat a wok over high heat. Add the oil and garlic-pepper paste, then stir-fry for 10 seconds until fragrant. Next, add the pork to the wok, breaking it up with your spatula. Stir-fry for 5 minutes or until the pork is just cooked.

  • Step 5

    Add the carrot, cabbage, noodles and fish sauce. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until the ingredients are well combined, the noodles are tender and the vegetables have just wilted. Transfer to a plate or tray and allow to cool completely.

  • Step 6

    To make the dumplings, use scissors to cut each rice paper into quarters. Dip each quarter in a bowl of hot water. Place it onto a dumpling press and let it rest there until it softens. Repeat with another piece of rice paper and the second dumpling press.

  • Step 7

    Place a heaped teaspoon of the cooled filling into the centre of each rice paper. Press the dumpling folder together to enclose the filling, pressing firmly a few times to seal it properly. Then carefully remove the dumpling and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Repeat with the remaining rice paper pieces and filling.

  • Step 8

    Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add half the dumplings (make sure they’re not touching each other as they tend to stick together). Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes or until golden, then carefully flip the dumplings over and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes until golden. Transfer to a serving plate. Repeat with remaining oil and dumplings. Drizzle the crispy dumplings with the chilli crisp oil and serve with soy sauce for dipping.

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