Dumplings are a traditional Chinese cuisine that has become popular worldwide. They are small dough pockets that are filled with various fillings, such as meat, seafood, vegetables, or a combination of these ingredients. Dumplings are usually boiled, steamed, or fried, and can be served as a snack, appetizer, or main dish. Here are some popular types of dumplings:
- Jiaozi – boiled or pan-fried dumplings with ground meat and vegetables
- Xiaolongbao – steamed soup dumplings with pork or seafood filling
- Shui Jiao – boiled dumplings with ground meat and vegetable filling
- Guo Tie – pan-fried dumplings with crispy bottoms and soft tops
- Wonton – boiled or deep-fried dumplings with ground meat or seafood filling
- Baozi – steamed buns filled with meat or vegetables
- Tangyuan – sweet glutinous rice balls filled with sesame paste, red bean paste or peanuts, and served in soup.
Here is a recipe for pork and cabbage jiaozi:
- 1 package of dumpling wrappers (about 30 pieces)
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 cups of finely shredded cabbage
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of rice wine
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Water for boiling
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, cabbage, grated ginger, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, and chopped green onions. Mix well until everything is evenly incorporated.
- Take one dumpling wrapper and place a tablespoon of the filling in the center.
- Dip your finger in water and moisten the edges of the wrapper.
- Fold the wrapper in half to form a semi-circle, and pinch the edges together to seal it. You can also pleat the edges for a more decorative look.
- Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
- To cook the dumplings, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Carefully drop the dumplings into the boiling water and stir gently to prevent them from sticking to the bottom.
- Boil the dumplings for about 5-6 minutes, or until they float to the surface.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the dumplings from the water and serve hot with soy sauce or dipping sauce.
Enjoy your homemade dumplings!