Title: Learn How to Make Chinese Dumplings in Five Easy Steps
Abstract: Have you ever eaten Chinese Dumplings? Have you ever been curious how to make them? If you said yes, join me as I teach you how to make Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)!
Introduction: Ni hao! Hello! As I mentioned in my first journal, Dama and I have made it a regular tradition to make jiaozi together. As promised, I will introduce you to jiaozi and teach you how to make them! They’re really easy to make and I hope you make them at home with your parents.
Jiaozis are one of the most popular food items during Chinese New Year. It is very common for Chinese families to gather around and eat jiaozi at midnight during Chinese New Year’s Eve. Do you guys know when that takes place? This year, Chinese New Year was on February 10th and it lasted for about a week. Also, this year is the Year of the Snake. There were snake pictures everywhere!
In the northern regions of China, jiaozis are not only eaten during Chinese New Year. In the North many people eat jiaozi throughout the entire year. Jiaozis can be eaten during any time of the day. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be a snack or your full meal.
You may be asking yourself, what are jiaozis?! Jiaozis typically consist of some type of meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is sealed by pressing the edges together. The meat inside the jiaozi can be chicken, beef, pork, fish or shrimp. What’s your favorite type of meat? The vegetables inside the jiaozi can be lettuce, cabbage, green onions or leek. What’s your favorite type of vegetable? Oh, I almost forgot to mention, there are different types of jiaozi! It all depends on how you cook them. If you boil your jiaozi, they are called boiled jiaozi. If you steam your jiaozi, they are steamed jiaozi. If you pan fry your jiaozi, can you guess what they’re called? Correct, pan fried jiaozi! I know it might be a little bit difficult to understand what they are if I just write about them, so I took some pictures for you! You will get a better idea of what they are. I always prefer pictures too. Now that you know what jiaozis are, I will tell you how to make them. I promise they’re very easy to make!
My name is Jiaozi!
First, let’s start with the ingredients. For the wrapper, you will need flour and water. For the fillings, you can choose any type of meat, whatever you like the most. Also, choose any type of vegetable. I recommend you put in some cabbage. It’s commonly used in Beijing, and it adds a delicious flavor! Finally, you need seasoning, so get some salt and soy sauce. And that’s all the ingredients you will need!
I will now tell you how to make the jiaozis in five easy steps.
- You will need to make the wrapper. Take three bowls of flour and pour it into a big bowl. Add some salt and stir well. Make sure you stir really well! Make a hole in the middle and slowly add small quantities of water until it forms into small pieces. Sprinkle some more water on the flour pieces and stir by hand to form a paste on a board and smooth it out.
- The second step is getting the meat and vegetables ready. Clean the meat and chop it. Put into a dish. Next, add your seasonings to the meat. Add the soy sauce and salt to the meat. Next, clean the vegetables and cut them into small pieces. Put them into a separate dish.
- The third step is to get the wrapper ready. Take out of the flour paste and place on the board. Sprinkle some flour on it. Rub it by hand again. Cut a small section from the paste to be rubbed into a stick. Cut the flour stick into small dough. Roll it flat with a rolling pin. Then place each flour wrapper onto a board, but make sure you don’t put them too close to each other, so they don’t stick together
- Now the fun step! Get your meat and vegetable fillings, which you prepared before, and put them at the center of the wrapper (but don’t fill the wrapper with too much filling so it doesn’t spill out). Fold and pinch the wrapper from the middle to the two outer sides. Put the pinched side on the forefinger. Clasp the hands and pinch it hard. Keep doing this for all the dumplings.
- Finally, place a bowl-shaped frying pan over high heat. Fill it with water. Add in the dumplings one by one until the water is boiling. Add in 1/4 tablespoon of cold water when it boils in the pan. Repeat this step if necessary, and turn off the heat. Scoop out the boiled dumplings with a tablespoon or a draining spoon, and put them into a dish. Once you scoop them all up, you are done! Enjoy!
Dumpling Making Step-by-Step