Chinese dumplings

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Chinese Dumplings are Chinese traditional food. They are one of the main dishes eaten during the Chinese New Year celebrations and year-round in the northern provinces. Though considered part of Chinese cuisine, Chinese dumpling are popular in other parts of Asia and in Western countries.

Dumpling is a broad classification for a dish that consists of small pieces of dough (made from a variety of starch sources) wrapped around a filling. The dough can be based on bread, flour, or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including baking, boiling, frying, simmering, or steaming.

In my memories, every year before the spring festival, all my relatives, aunts, uncles, and cousins would come together to have a big dinner, and dumpling were one of the dishes we made every year. Chinese dumpling are popular in other parts of Asia and in Western countries. In this culture lesson, we learned about the culture and how to make them.

Each family has its own preferred method of making them, using favorite fillings, with types and methods of preparation varying widely from region to region. Common dumpling meat fillings include pork, mutton, beef, chicken, fish, and shrimp, which are usually mixed with chopped vegetables. Popular vegetable fillings include napa cabbage, scallion (spring onions), leek, celery, spinach, mushroom, edible black fungus, carrot, and garlic chives.

We prepared two kinds of jiaozi fillings, eggs, carrot, and maize for vegetarians, and also we made pork, mushroom, shallot for those who eat meat. There are many types of folding techniques and we learned some of them. After we finished folding we learned two ways of making Jiaozi: boil and steam.

If you eat dumplings you must prepare some mature vinegar and spicy sauce, put the Jiaozi into spicy sauce and enjoy!

Do you know why dumpling are always present during the spring festival? The first reason is because its shaped like ancient money. The second reason is the name, Chinese dumpling in Chinese we call 饺(jiǎo)子(zi), and it sounds like 交(jiāo)子(zǐ) which means the exchange of time between the new year and last year.

Chinese students and international students gathered to make Jiaozi togetherç人(rén)多(duō)力(lì)量(liang)大(dà) or in english “many hands make light work”.


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