Yesterday we were invited to Tommy and Tina's to make Jiaozi.  They are absolutely delicious.  We learned that the Chinese like to get together with family and friends to cook a wonderful shared meal.   The labour intensity of patiently creating each little dumpling is perfect for an afternoon of visiting. 

Before we arrived Tina and Tommy prepared the flour dough and filling.  Knowing that we are vegetarians they prepared a special one for us made of  corn, mushrooms, onions, and greens.  When we arrived Tina prepared the little pieces of dough and brought the fillings out. And we all pitched in stuffing and pinching shut the little packets.  Tommy had the most beautiful method of  creating a perfect zipper pattern down the back of his.  Mine, were not so beautiful but passed the test as none ruptured during the 10  cooking process in boiling water.  Then they were served with a beautiful dipping sauce made of a bit of soy sauce, rice vinegar, hot sauce, sesame oil, garlic,green onions, and a pinch of sugar.  Each person usually eats about 20 of the small dumplings if that is the whole meal.    What a tasty meal!  Now if we could just pick up the slippery little gaffers with our chopsticks without dropping them on our laps!

4/24/2011 04:15:50 pm

Hi I just checked today's posting and for some reason the slideshow on making dumplings did not upload. Please bear with me and I'll see if I can get it up!

4/25/2011 02:10:56 pm

The slide show seems to work today! Hope you can see it!

4/26/2011 03:34:50 am

Hopefully you got the recipe for the dough and we can make them when you get home! Whether is still cool here so Spring is a bit behind.
Julia was home for Easter but has gone back to work for the summer.

4/26/2011 10:44:36 am

Heh Margaret;
I will ask about the dough recipe. It looks to be a fairly simple one. Glad you had Julia home for Easter. Hope she has a good summer.

5/29/2012 11:21:01 pm

that you are great in that post


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