The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of Chinese Dumpling

Dumplings, or called “Jiaozi”, originated in ancient China,is a traditional Chinese flour food. It was invented in the Eastern Han Dynasty, was first used as medicine and have a history of more than 1,800 years. Dumplings are deeply loved by the Chinese people. They are the staple food and local snacks in northern China, as well as the festival food. There is a saying that goes: “Great Cold and Lesser Cold, Dumplings for the Spring Festival.”

Eating dumplings means looking forward to the reunion, take the meaning of peace and reunion. There is a custom in northern China that on New Year and festivals, people always make and eat dumplings, to welcome relatives and friends. Especially on the first day of the Chinese New Year, the whole family would sit together, make dumpling and chatting, talking about everything, laughing at the funny things, full of joy. “Dumplings in Chinese New Year dinner are especially delicious .”

Dumplings are characterized by thin wrapper and tender stuffing, delicious taste and unique shape. The raw material of dumpling include complete range of nutrients, the cooking method ensures that no nutrition is lost, which makes dumpling very popular with the people.

How to make dumplings:

[How to make dumpling wrappers]

1.Kneading
The most commonly used is wheat flour, and buckwheat flour is used in some places. It is better to use plaint flour or high gluten flour. Usually use cold water for kneading (water below 30 degrees). After kneading, put the dough in the basin, let it sit for 20 minutes to allow the water to fully penetrate the flour particles.

2.Make Wrappers

Rolling: Put the ready dough on the chopping board and knead it into a cylindrical strip with a diameter of 2-3 cm. Pull (or cut) the column into a small section about 1.5 cm in length-the small dough. Squeeze the small dough by hand. Then use a rolling pin to roll out dumpling wrapper, diameter about 4-7 cm, thickness about 0.5-1 mm, center slightly thicker. When rolling the wrapper, sprinkle some dry flour on the chopping board to prevent sticking. Since rolling the wrappers take a lot of time, many shops today sell machine-made dumpling wrappers

Hand kneading: In rural areas, most people make the dumpling wrappers by hand kneading. First press the small dough into a flat shape, then rotate it while kneading with fingers, the finished dumpling wrapper is bowl shape. Since it has less dry flour, it is easier to wrap. The disadvantage is that it takes more time than roll it.

Commercial machines: Dumpling wrapper machine

[How to make stuffing]

Dumpling stuffing is mainly divided into meat stuffing, vegetarian stuffing, and mixed.
Meat stuffings can be pork, beef, mutton, chicken, fish, shrimp, crab roe, sea cucumber, etc. Chopped the meat with a knife or minced with a meat grinder, mixed with some water, then add chopped green onion, minced ginger, pepper powder or five-spice powder, monosodium glutamate, salt, some soy sauce, cooking wine, etc., and then stir in one direction evenly, then adjust the saltiness. Leave it for a while, it is done.
Vegetarian stuffing is divided into assorted veggie stuffing and ordinary veggie stuffing, it can be different kinds of vegetables, mushrooms, cucumber, zucchini, and so on. Cut vegetables, melons or mushrooms into shreds or dice, mixing and stirring, and seasoning with oil and salt.
Commercial machines: Vegetable processing machines, Meat processing machines

[How to make dumplings]

1. Flatten the dumpling wrappers and put in the stuffing

2. Fold in half, don’t stick it together, hold it with your hands

3. Then knead the wrinkles along one side

4. Until it is finished

In the era of rapid development of modern intelligent technology, there are also various large, medium and small dumpling machines for commercial applications. According to different dumpling shapes, they are divided into hand-made dumpling machines, lace dumpling machines, etc. The weight of dumpling wrappers and dumpling stuffings can be preset, make out dumplings of different specifications and shapes.
Commercial machines: Dumpling machine

[How to cook dumplings]
It is mainly steamed, boiled, fried, and baked.
Steamed: It is done 20 minutes after steam comes out.
Boiled: Boil the water, put the dumplings in, add a bowl of cold water when it boils again, after three times of cold water boil, the dumplings float, you can lift them out.
Fried: It is customary for people to fry dumplings with cooking oil. However, the diet trend advocates health, and oily foods are not very popular. In fact, just fry the dumplings in water, or use the soup instead of cooking oil to fry the dumplings, the taste is also very good. Fried dumplings are also called pot stickers.
Baked: The household oven generally bake at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Now, have you learned how to make Chinese dumplings? Enjoy it!
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