Mid Autumn Festival Celebration! How to make dumplings.

The Mid Autumn Festival celebrates the fall equinox and is a big celebration here in China.
This year it fell on September 12th.
It is close to Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Families get together to cook, share stories, sing, and eat moon cakes under the bright, full moon.

We had a great time with new friends and co-workers Kirk and Steph from London as well as DK and Susie. Susie taught us how to make home made jiaozi, Chinese dumplings.
It’s pretty rare that a young person in the south of China knows these traditional ways as dumplings are a more northern tradition, but we hang out with the right people!

Here are the steps for dumpling making:

Step 1, go to the local market and the buy the ingredients.
Flour for 6

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Ground pork, make sure to get the right cut, have it washed and ground up

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Vegetables from our local lady. Spring onion, cabbage, shitake mushrooms for the dumpling filling, eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli and more mushrooms for extra dishes.

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OK, think we got all we need, back home!

Step 2:
Make the flour, very important to knead by hand, adding a little water along the way.

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Set the flour aside covered with a damp cloth.

Step 3:
Finely mince the spring onion, cabbage, and mushrooms.

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Add the veggies to the pork, making two different mixes.

Step 4:
The fun part! Wrapping the dumplings.
Put the flour into thick, long tubes. Cut small round pieces and roll out flat, not too thin, not too thick, just right.

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Add a medium amount of filling to the center of your flour circle and let the fingers create different shapes! Really any style is good as long as you pinch the edges all around to prevent any openings.
Wonderful hand model in Kirk I must say!

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And,….voila! Masterpieces!

Step 5:
Boil and/or fry. The first set we boiled, adding cold water when they first rise, when they rise the second time, they’re done! The second batch we fried, adding water and adequate oil. These ones need to cook a little longer than the boiled batch.

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Step 6:
Eat! With a little bowl of soy sauce and a bowl of vinegar, dip a little and enjoy!
They were so tasty and enjoyed so quickly there was no time for photos. Yum!

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