We're making dumplings without wrappers, which is why I'm calling these naked. I thought the slightly provocative name would work well as an appetizer for your Valentine's Day menu--if you stay home and cook something from scratch, you increase your chances of getting lots of compliments. You can enjoy the dashi with so many things like eggs, fried tofu, or ramen noodles, just to name a few. Garnish with sliced green onions, thinly sliced red chiles, and toasted sesame seeds.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
24 dumplings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Dashi Broth:
For the Naked Dumplings:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place kombu into a pan and pour in cold water. Let soak for 30 minutes to an hour.

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  • Place the pan of kombu over medium-high heat and wait, stirring once, until water almost starts to simmer and you see bubbles just start to rise to the surface. Immediately turn off heat and remove kombu from the broth into a bowl. Allow broth to cool down to about 150 degrees F (66 degrees C).

  • Stir bonito flakes into the hot kombu broth and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a container.

  • Place shrimp, Burrata cheese, salt, paprika, cayenne, ginger, and sesame oil into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse on and off until a smooth paste forms, scraping the bowl with a spatula as needed. Transfer to a bowl, wrap in plastic, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, to overnight.

  • Transfer 2 cups of dashi back into the pan; add soy sauce and mirin. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Taste and adjust with more soy and/or mirin as needed.

  • Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the chilled dumpling mixture into a football shape using two large spoons. Repeat with remaining dumpling mixture and carefully transfer 6 to 12 at a time into the simmering broth. Cook until dumplings turn over in the water, about 2 minutes per batch. Ladle about 1/2 cup dashi into warm serving bowls; remove dumplings with a strainer into the bowls (3 per serving).

Chef's Notes:

You can substitute the Burrata with a combo of 6 ounces fresh mozzarella plus 1/4 cup heavy cream.

Use 1 teaspoon fine salt instead of the kosher salt if desired.

You can add rice vinegar, ginger, or miso to your broth if you like.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; protein 19.5g; carbohydrates 13.1g; fat 11.6g; cholesterol 98.3mg; sodium 1164.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2020
I made this for a special dinner. It worked out great. The flavor was amazing. And, by the way, I learned why my dashi never quite met expectations. All these years I have been way too skimpy adding the bonito flakes. That problem is now solved. My family can now enjoy a proper serving of dashi and miso soup. So glad I tried this! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2020
Amazing! This was my first time making a proper dashi broth, but definitely not the last. Perfect appetizer for a Valentine’s Day dinner. I definitely got a ton of ...compliments... Thanks Chef John! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2020
While the Dash was great, the overall recipe and ingredients list was poorly structured which made the cooking process painful. Had it for a party and everyone was very disappointed with dumplings flavor and texture. If are going to make it, try reworking the recipe first. I would also work on the texture profile to give a more diverse mouth feel. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2020
Savory, sweet, and very sexy. I added mirin, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar to the broth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2020
I made this for a special dinner. It worked out great. The flavor was amazing. And, by the way, I learned why my dashi never quite met expectations. All these years I have been way too skimpy adding the bonito flakes. That problem is now solved. My family can now enjoy a proper serving of dashi and miso soup. So glad I tried this! Read More
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