Dumplings

My kids prefer home made dumplings, or Jiaozi as they say in China.  I have to make them a few times every month.  And I always have one of the kids to help me with them. Because it takes some time to make them..

Favourite filling; minced chicken, cabbage, spring onion, garlic, fresh ginger.

The plate is designed by Lansheng Li for Spin, China.

The sauce is mega important!! I like to mix Japanese soy sauce, a touch of rice wine and freshly squeezed ginger. All mixed together. Yum!! 

I buy the dumpling (jiaozi) wrappers in a local Asian store. I normally buy the gyoza skins.

About 50 dumpling/gyoza wrappers

INGREDIENTS

500 grams of minced chicken

2-3 spring onion, finely chopped

A hand full of finely chopped cabbage

Squeeze in some ginger (if you like ginger)

1 piece finely sliced garlic

1 table spoon rice wine

1 table spoon soy sauce

A touch of sesame sauce

Mix it all together

Prepare a table with the bowl of minced chicken

A glas of water

A wooden board to put the finished dumpling at. It should be a bit damp so they don’t get stuck.

A table spoon.

And then you put a table spoon full of the mix in the middle of the wrapper.

And then you dip your finger in a glass of water, and dampen the outer wrapper ring before you fold it together. Press the ends of the wrapper seal it to close. The water makes it easier.

Make little pleats all around the dumpling.

Cook them in a wok or a frying pan. You need a lid.

Add oil in the pan, add some dumplings. Fry more a short while.

Add water to the pan til the bottom is full, put the lid on. When the water is gone, then you let them fry on one or two sides (If you like them fried)

Enjoy!!!

This is really nice to do with a group of friends. And you can freeze the ones you dont use!!

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Din Tai Fung

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This Taiwanese/Chinese restaurant is addictive! We went for some of my favourites, tossed wild vegetable and beancurd with sesame oil, string bean with minced pork and mini dry shrimps, steamed chicken dumplings, steamed vegetarian dumplings and spicy wontons.

Interesting facts; Founder Yang Bingyi was born in Shanxi, China. But he moved to Taiwan in 1948 as a result of the Chinese Civil War. He worked for 2 different cooking oil retailers, until he started his own cooking oil shop with his wife in 1958. The name was a combination of his previous employer’s company name Heng Tai Fung and his new supplier’s company name DinMei Oils. Din Tai Fung was founded. 1970 business became slow. So they turned over half the shop to making and selling steamed buns (Xiaolongbao) by hiring chefs from Shanghai where the Xiaolongbao is originally from. The buns and noodles were so popular that the store stopped selling oil and became a restaurant in 1972. The original restaurant is located on Xinyi Road in Taipei. In an article published on January 17, 1993, the New York Times rated Din Tai Fung as one of the top ten gourmet restaurants in the world (Din Tai Fung was the only Chinese or Taiwanese restaurant to receive this accolade).
Further international recognition came in 2010, when Din Tai Fung’s Hong Kong Branch was awarded one Michelin Star; a first for a restaurant from Taiwan.
Today, Din Tai Fung has branches in Japan, the United States, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and Thailand.

 

Street food

Everywhere in China can you find street food. Some dishes might be strange if your not used to them. But there is so much good food to find. Like sweet potatoes, Jianbing (like sort of a pancake with egg, oil, spring onion..), Chinese buns, food on a stick.. There is just so much to try! I’ve tried so much really nice food, and some really terrible.. When I first moved to Shanghai, then all I talked to my Chinese neighbours about was food. What had I been eating today, what would I eat next. And it is sort of the same when I’m down in our summer house in southern Sweden. A lot of talk about food… I like it!

Home made dumplings

My kids prefer home made dumplings, or Jiaozi as they say in China.  I have to make them a few times every month.  And I always have one of the kids to help me with them. Because it takes some time to make them..

Favourite filling; minced chicken, cabbage, spring onion, garlic, fresh ginger. But the sauce is mega important!! Japanese soy sauce, rice wine and squeezed ginger all mixed together. Yum!! IMG_9888