Paraíso Asiático- Fine dining meal

One of the unquestionable splendours of the culinary world is the amount of diversity encapsulated by each cuisine all over the world. You do not personally need to be a globetrotter, to experience every corner of the world. Let your food take you there!

This  is an Asian inspired dish, obviously with a few personal touches and I kid you not, the flavour combination is as magnificent as the dish looks. It is one of my recipes that does take some time to prepare, but your tastebuds will THANK you at the end!

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes 


For the baked dumplings:

  • 1 ½  cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water(at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½  tablespoons oil
  • 1 beaten egg

for the filling

  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp garlic 
  • 150g steak (i used skirt steak)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground coriander

For the kebabs

  • 150g beef (chuck)
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 medium- sized chicken breasts
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ⅛ cup peri-peri sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 2 medium- sized potatoes cubed and roasted (see my recipe on Chicken Crepes or Beef Tacos for the preparation of the potatoes)
  • 1 large beetroot
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 red onion(sliced)
  • 1 large orange(sliced) 
  • 10 wooden skewers

For the dots

  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup sriracha sauce
  • ⅛ cup oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • Yellow food colouring
  • Blue food colouring
  • Red food colouring

For the plates

  • 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup greek mozzarella cubes 
  • Barbeque chicken spice

  1. To make the dough for the dumplings, sift the flour into a bowl.
  2. Add the salt to the bowl and mix.
  3. Slowly add in the water and mix with a spoon till the dough forms.(You may add some water if needed,although the dough must not be too sticky).
  4. Place the oil into the bowl and ensure that it coats the dough.
  5. Dust some flour onto a board and transfer the dough to the board.
  6. Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes and then cut it into 20 equal portions.
  7. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, slice the onions and cut carrots into thin sticks for the filling.
  9. Slice the steak into thin strips.
  10. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes.
  11. Add the onions, carrots and garlic to the pan and fry them for 4 minutes.
  12. Place the sliced steak into the pan as well as all of the spices listed below for the filling.
  13. Fry while flipping the steak after every 4 minutes until it is completely cooked. (This will probably take 20-25 minutes).
  14. Remove the pan from the heat.
  15. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  16. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  17. Roll each of the 20 balls into small, thin circles on a floured surface. (The circles don’t have to be perfectly round.)
  18. When you’ve rolled all the circles, place about 2 tsp of the filling in the center of each circle and lift the edges of the circle, bringing them all to the center and press them slightly below the top of the ‘little parcels’ you would have made so that the filling does not escape.
  19. Do this with the remaining circles. 
  20. Arrange the dumplings onto the baking tray leaving some space between them.
  21. Brush each of them with the beaten egg before placing them in the oven.
  22. Let them bake for 40-45 minutes till they are golden-brown in color.
  23. To make the kebabs, first cut the beef into medium sized cubes.
  24. Heat oil in a pan over high heat and fry the beef for 15-20 minutes till it is completely cooked.  Season the beef with salt and pepper while it cooks.
  25. Cut the chicken breasts into cubes, season them with salt and pepper and fry them till they are golden-brown in color.
  26. Cut the large onion into cubes and fry them over high heat for 4 minutes.
  27. Slice the beetroot into fairly thin slices and fry the slices for 5 minutes on each side.(You might want to wear kitchen gloves while cutting the beetroot to avoid the colour sticking to your hands).
  28. Mix the sauces and spices listed under the beef for the kebabs into a small bowl and place the bowl in the microwave for 3 minutes so the sauce thickens.
  29. Do the same for the spices listed under the chicken, in a separate bowl.
  30. Coat the beef with its sauce and the chicken with its sauce and place the meat aside.
  31. Place the ingredients for the dots in a blender and pulse for 25 seconds.
  32. Divide the mixture into 5 equal portions and color each portion with a few drops of the food colorings listed.
  33. Place each coloured mixture in five different parchment paper piping bags with a small round nozzle in each one.
  34. To assemble everything, first place two chives on each plate in the shape of an X.(basically criss-crossing)
  35. Warm the baked dumplings in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  36. Place one dumpling in each of the four segments created by the X shape of the chives in each plate.
  37. Pipe different colored dots around each of the dumplings in each of the plates.
  38. To make the kebabs, first place one beetroot slice on each of the wooden skewers, then a few pieces of the fried onion, a potato cube, beef cube, piece of red onion,slice of orange and repeat that. You may change the order if you like.
  39. Place the kebabs on the plates, place a few lemon slices around the baked dumplings and mozzarella sticks. 
  40. Sprinkle some bbq chicken spice on one side of each of the plates and your meal will be ready to serve!