It’s “re-blog day” here at Lab Notes blog! Do you like to eat Chinese dumplings? Mabel Kwong, an Asian-Australian blogger, wrote this wonderful article on Chinese dumplings, about her family’s experiences, as well as about dumplings across cultures. Mabel’s blog is a really wonderful way to learn about all sorts of multicultural experiences.
I especially liked this phrase: “No matter how they taste, there’s always a certain air of excitement when it comes to eating dumplings.” My family (in Seattle, Washington, in the U.S.), started making Chinese pork dumplings from scratch a few years ago when our kids were in their early teens. It IS very labor-intensive! I found a recipe in our city newspaper for dumplings, written by a Chinese food writer, and the recipe worked great. However, it’s time-consuming when you make the wrappers from scratch (flour and water), mix up the filling with Chinese cabbage and seasonings, scoop out a small amount into each wrapper, and then seal and cook them! But they taste delicious.
A few years after we started making dumplings from scratch, one of the graduate students at my University gave a talk about making dumplings in his family back in China. It turns out each member of his family had a particular job when they made dumplings – one rolled the wrappers, one made the filling, one filled the wrappers, and one cooked the dumplings. It takes a family to make these!
Update: Try this recipe from food maven HSIAO-CHING CHOU – her recipe works every time, for us! It is the one our family uses and it’s terrific. (You can purchase pre-made dumpling wrappers at the grocery store to save time.)
It’s a fact that many Chinese like to eat dumplings. Chinese people eat dumplings during the Lunar New Year. They eat dumplings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And countless others around the world regardless of background like eating dumplings too.
Growing up, when my Chinese-Malaysian family went to out to yum cha, that was when I got to eat Chinese dumplings. These days, whenever I catch up with my Asian and non-Asian friends here in Melbourne, Chinese dumplings are usually on the menu.
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Defining ‘dumpling’ can be tricky. All over the world, there are dumplings of all shapes, sizes and fillings. Dumplings can be loosely thought of as ‘small pieces of dough…often wrapped around a filling’, either sweet or savoury, steamed, fried or boiled. They are often…
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