Why Many Chinese Like Eating Dumplings. And Why The World Does As Well (re-blog #2 for today)

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:Β  Try this recipe from food maven HSIAO-CHING CHOU – her recipe works every time, for us!Β  It is the one our family uses and it’s terrific.Β  (You can purchase pre-made dumpling wrappers at the grocery store to save time.)

20 thoughts on “Why Many Chinese Like Eating Dumplings. And Why The World Does As Well (re-blog #2 for today)

  1. Thank you for the share, Theresa πŸ™‚ I loved reading about the way you and your family make dumplings from scratch. You are right in that they are time-consuming. You could take all day to make it – start in the morning and finish in the evening. If you are making a big batch, then maybe you might take a few days. ” It takes a family to make these!” You said it so well. I think once you start cooking something, you’re always on the lookout on how to better your dish…and with dumplings, you can really make any kind of dumplings πŸ™‚

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      1. That is a good question. I’ve wanted to write and blog about dumplings for more than over a year now. I just never felt that the time was right until recently.

        I’ve always wanted to know more about dumplings, and when I did, I just wanted to share πŸ™‚

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      1. Lucky Emma! (kidding) We have a Very Large Cat, Mittens (so-named because of her white paws and black fur). She’s very round, my daughter has described her before as a “pillow with feet.” She’s happy enough, especially when patted! I might have to post a photo of her sometime… you’ve got me thinking!

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  2. Oh wow! You can and do make dumplings? I do love them – food in general, actually – but I’m useless in the kitchen. Thankfully, we have a good number of Chinese restaurants around us and the one in Montecasino where we often go has yummy dumplings.

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