Chile Oil Ingredients
1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns, toasted
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted
3/4 cup (180 ml) peanut oil
1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut oil
1/4 cup (10 g) finely chopped dried Chinese red chiles
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 pound (455 g) fatty (80/20) ground pork
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup (60 ml) chicken consemmé or canned lower-sodium chicken broth
1 (1-pound/455-g) package round dumpling wrappers
Make the chile oil: Coarsely grind the peppercorns and fennel using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Heat the peanut and coconut oils in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chiles, garlic, and peppercorn mixture. As soon as the chiles turn a darker shade of red, removes the pan from the heat. Let the oil cool completely, then season to taste with salt. The oil can be refridgerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before using.
Make the dumplings: In a large bowl, combine the pork, egg, wine, sesame oil, salt, and ginger. Use your hands to work all the ingredients together until well mixed. It's best to use your hands because you can get everythign incorporated into the meat without making the pieces of meat too small. Add the consommé and fold it in with your hands until just incorporated.
If you have time, cover and refrigerate the filling until nice and cold, up to 2 days. The filling will be easier to spoon into your wrappers when it's chilled.
When you're ready to cook, follow the wrapping instructions, using the tortellini fold (see the instructions below). Boil the dumplings in salted water until the skins wrinkle and the filling cooks through, about 6 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer to a large bowl and add the chile oil (see Note section below). Gently toss until the dumplings well coated. Divide among serving dishes and pour the chile oil from the bowl on top.
Start with the Half-Moon.
Dab a little water on the two corners, then fold one side toward the center.
Fold the other side to the center.
Press the ends together to seal. The filled center will plump up like a belly, with the edges framing it like a bonnet.