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Chinese Dumplings - Jiaozi

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Jiaozi are Chinese dumplings that are a very popular and traditional food enjoyed on Chinese New Year. Since they resemble old gold ingots, they are often associated with wealth. Have a Happy Chinese New Year and eat well!
For the filling
  Pork 1 Pound, ground
  Cabbage 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped finely
  Chives 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped finely
  Ginger 1 Medium, juiced (Thumb sized ginger used)
  Garlic powder 1 Tablespoon
  Shaoxing wine 1 Tablespoon
  Sesame oil 1 Tablespoon
  Soy sauce 1 Tablespoon
For the wrappers
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
For the dipping sauce
  Soy sauce 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Chinese red vinegar 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Chili oil To Taste

1. Take a large mixing bowl and add the pork, garlic powder, soy sauce, shaoxing cooking wine, sesame oil, the chives, cabbage and the ginger juice. Mix well until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate for 20 minutes while you prepare the wrappers.
2. Take a bowl and mix in flour and water and blend until you get a rough ball of dough. Knead for at least 10 minutes and set it aside to rest for another 10 - 15 minutes.
3. Roll the dough into a long 1-inch thick snake and cut into 1 cm thick sections. Roll flat into 3-inch diameter rounds.
4. Start with a spoonful of the filling placed in the center of the wrapper. Moisten the edge with water, fold over and seal the edges.
5. Take a pan with boiling water. Pop in the sealed wrappers and cook them until they float.
6. To make the dipping sauce, take a bowl and combine soy sauce, Chinese red vinegar and chili oil.

7. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
New Year
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
You do not have to be a chef to make great food, as long as you have the passion to learn and great people to share it with! This recipe of Chinese Jiaozi (dumplings) is meant for the aimless cook! This is a simple recipe to follow and great for the first time cook. These traditional Chinese new-year dumplings have the authentic oriental flavors!

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