Jiaozi (Chinese Dumpling) is a traditional Chinese Food, which is enjoyed by many during holidays in Northern China. Chinese dumpling has become one of the most widely loved foods in China for many reasons:
1. New Year's Food
Chinese dumpling is one of the most important foods in Chinese New Year. Since the shape of Chinese dumplings is similar to ancient Chinese gold or silver ingots, they symbolize wealth. Traditionally, the members of a family get together to make dumplings during the New Year's Eve. They may hide a coin in one of the dumplings. The person who find the coin will likely have a good fortune in the New Year. Chinese dumpling is also popular in other Chinese holidays or festivals, so it is part of the Chinese culture.
Chinese dumpling is a delicious food. You can make a variety of Chinese dumplings using different fillings based on your taste and how various ingredients are mixed together.
3. One For All
Usually when you have Chinese dumpling for dinner, you will not have to cook anything else except for some big occasions. The dumpling itself is good enough served on its own for all occasions. It is easily consumed based on personal taste and preference. It is a healthy choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner and also when you are not feeling well enough to consume common food after recovering from illness.
4. Family Link
Making dumplings is really a team work. Usually all family members will join the work. I started to make dumplings when I was a kid in my family, so most Chinese like me know how to make dumplings. I am very good at making dumplings, particularly making skins, which is the hardest part of making dumplings.
5. Sending Off Friends
Chinese dumpling is often the food staple for sending off friends or family members away.
To cook dumplings:
Bring large pot of water to boil. Add enough jiaozi to cover the base of the pot about 1.5 times (about 25 in a 12" diameter pot, about 50 in a good size wok). Cover.
When it comes to a boil, add 1 cup cold water. Cover. Repeat. When it comes to a boil for the third time, they are ready to serve.
Pan-fried dumplings for beginners:
After you've boiled them, you can fry them. For beginner, this is the easier way to pan-fry dumplings and making sure the fillings are cooked properly.
Typically eaten with vinegar and/or chilli.