Dumplings

 

History

This time will introduce the dumplings that everyone is familiar with. dumplings have a more than 1800 years history.  Dumplings are traditional foods and very popular in China or the western country. They belong staple foods and local snacks in northern of China. Eating dumplings is also a folk tradition unique to the Chinese during the Spring Festival, however, northerners eat dumplings with common time, while southerners prefer to eat rice balls.I am from Hunan Province and belong to a southerner. When I was a child, I only eat dumplings during the Chinese New Year becuse we will use rice cakes to cook or eat rice balls in daily life. Everyone feels particularly happy when they make dumplings together, because family members who work in other places can return home to eat dumplings. at the same time, eating dumplings in the south also symbolizes eating bad things of last year, sometimes, we will put the dates or ranuts into few dumpling. if anyone eat dates or peanuts means they will have good luck in next year.

This is a clear difference between the people from north and the south of China. Northerners like to eat cooked wheaten food and southerners prefer eating rice. Nowadays, dumplings are an indispensable staple food in the daily life for northerners. Eating dumplings is a kind of spiritual enjoyment, people not only enjoy the delicious dumplings but also like the making dumplings process with family or friends.  The shape of the dumplings made is different from south and North, the easiest way is to glue the skins on both sides of dumplings, to make sure the filling does not leak out.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour or high gluten flour
  • 1/4 cups cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 1 cup ground meat
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 TB Chinese rice wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, or to taste
  • 3 TB sesame oil
  • 1/2 green onion, finely minced
  • 1  cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 4 tablespoons shredded vegetable
  • 2 slices fresh ginger and garlic finely minced

At the first, put the salt and water into the flour, don’t add more water than is necessary. Knead the dough into a smooth ball and than Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
While the dough is resting, we can prepare the filling ingredients. Add the soy sauce, salt, rice wine and white pepper to the meat, stirring in only one direction. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the same direction, and mix well.

To make the dumpling dough:

knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball. Divide the dough into 60 pieces. Roll each piece out into a circle about 3-inches in diameter. after than, put a small portion (about 1 level tablespoon) of the filling into the middle of each wrapper. Wet the edges of the dumpling with water. Fold the dough over the filling into a half moon shape and pinch the edges to seal. Continue with the remainder of the dumplings. You can also go to the Asian store to buy dumpling skins.

For cooking the dumplings

bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add half the dumplings, giving them a gentle stir so they don’t stick together. Bring the water to a boil, and add 1/2 cup of cold water. Cover and repeat. When the dumplings come to a boil for a third time, they are ready. Drain and remove. If desired, they can be pan-fried at this point.

 

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4 comments

  1. I love dumplings and am so grateful you have shared their history and how to make them. I will try your recipe this weekend as my family will enjoy the experience as well.

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