Dear Family & Friends
When we lived in Bejing, I learned to enjoy eating jiaozi (dumpling). If I were organized enough in the morning, I could even buy a few for my preferred breakfast...because it makes a merry heart:)
Once, a local family invited us to their home to teach me how to make them. It all looked easy and they made a lot at a very fast rate. It was a family activity:)
|Each dumplings individually filled and sealed artistically by my own hands!|
Sadly I didn't pursue and practice making this myself...With our first baby to look after, plus a situation where cooking was not a need or priority that time, I never bothered. Food was cooked for us on weekdays and we were always eating out on weekends!
|Here they are all cramped into my tiny frying pan...|
Oh the good old days...but how I miss this food now. After searching for more knowledge...I relearned making them. It's really easy to do and I am even perfecting my pleating and folding skill...It's not essential, if it's not perfect...it's only for aesthetic reason. It took me a while to learn how to make it beautiful but with many practice...it was only for good because we ended up eating jiaozi on weekly basis!
|....browning beautifully in no time at all:)|
We pan fry it brown or boil it till it floats...whatever way, it's good. I also have the freedom to fill it with veggie or meat fillings...or even sweet fruit fillings. There is the 'traditional way'...but I don't live with a system, nor would be happy to be in a box when doing things. Being creative is always fun.
If you want to make this, you can get more information on how-to here: http://cookingsimplechinesefoodathome.com/2011/04/71-jiao-zi-chinese-dumplings-chinese.html
It's bitterly cold here but that's is expected...it's our winter season. We had snow overnight and we're expecting temperature to go down to -17C these few days. With dry winter air, it actually feels better than what it really is. Hope your new year is going on head start with all good things:)