Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Try New Adventures Thursday: Making Real Chinese Dumplings

Last week my sweet neighbor kindly offered to teach me how to make real Chinese dumplings (have you ever had them?). I have eaten them on numerous occasions--always made from scratch--and I love them.

Here's a peak into the process!

Li and Juheng make the dumpling dough by mixing together bread flour and water (approx 1 cup water per 3 cups of flour) and then kneading it until smooth. Then Li used the pastry machine to press out the dough (but you can use a rolling pin as well). Then the dough is cut into thin circles approximately 3 inches in diameter.

The filling we used was half ground veal and half green onion (plus some added salt). We also had a filling of ground turkey with chopped up celery.

Place a dollop of filling in the middle of the dumpling and press the middle together. Fold the ends in and then pinch them together. Then seal the rest of the dumpling.

Look how many dumplings Juheng and I made!

To cook them, we placed the dumplings gently in a pot of boiling water and stirred carefully. Wait until the water returns to a boil and then add approx 1 1/2 cups of cool water to the pot. Repeat this process 2 more times, and then remove the dumplings from the boiling water.

The cooked dumplings
Serve with soy sauce mixed with red wine vinegar (or just soy sauce if you prefer). Don't forget your chopsticks!

Isn't that fun? We had such a blast.

What new adventures have you been having lately? Are you learning any new skills? Overcome any fears? Visited a different place? Link up your adventures, big or small. Then link back here and visit the other participant's blog posts!



  1. Look at you! That is awesome! I bet they tasted great!!

  2. Yummy! I love my parents' homemade dumplings.

  3. How fun! I am going to try those soon. They look delicious. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Oh man, this post made me hungry! I was thinking about making Chinese next week for my husband's birthday and I might just do it now! Thanks for sharing your latest adventure!

  5. Yum! I love potstickers (not sure if it's the same, but it looks like it). By the way I am planning on linking up one of these days once I try something new ;)

  6. @Mrs. Sojourner: I loved the post you linked up!

    @Joyce: What do your parents use as a filling?

    @Messy Mom: Look forward to when you link up! I am loving this because it forces me to try SOMETHING new each week, small or big. There is an endless list of new adventures that we can have, I'm finding. :)

  7. I still haven't tried a single new thing since fining this party. What a dud I am!

    These sound like something that even I could make. The added bonus is that they are not deep fried or some such thing that a quickly pushing 50 mom should not be eating.

  8. They look great! I bet they taste even better. Will try!

  9. Looks so good! I don't have a press, but I bet I could still make them. Yummm!

  10. This made me crave Asian food instantly! :)

  11. LOVE your adventures! My son is a big fan of these dumplings but I've never made them myself. I almost wouldn't want him to know I could because he'd ask me all the time. But it's good to know about this post just in case.

  12. YUM! I love authentic Chinese food (perhaps stemming from 6 weeks in Beijing in 2002). It's nearly impossible to find here. Drooling over dumplings ... I need some Chinese neighbors!!


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