Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings)
In Chinese there is a proverb that goes: “好吃不如饺子” (Hào chī bùrú jiǎozi). This means: 'Nothing as tasty as jiaozi'. And we very much agree! This delicious recipe for jiaozi, Chinese dumplings, is made with ground beef, spring onions and Chinese cabbage and served with a homemade dipping sauce. Although it will take you a while to fold all the dumplings, it is well worth the effort. Jiaozi are similar to the Japanese gyoza, but the ingredients differ. It is a tradition in China to eat jiaozi around midnight for Chinese New Year. Some families know the custom of putting a coin in one of the jiaozi. The lucky finder will have a very happy year ahead.
Step 1. Prepare the ingredients
Finely chop the Chinese cabbage. Then squeeze out the moisture to prevent the filling from getting too wet.
Finely chop the ginger and the spring onion.
Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the Chinese cabbage, minced meat, ginger, 1 stalk of spring onion, soy sauce, sesame oil and some salt to taste.
Mix the ingredients with a spatula while slowly adding the water until smooth.
Step 2. Make the jiaozi
Take a sheet of dough and add the filling in the middle. Brush the edges of the sheet with a little water. Fold the jiaozi in half to form a crescent moon and make nice even folding edges, so that the well-known shape of a jiaozi/gyoza is created. Press the edges well so that the dumpling stays closed.
Bring plenty of salted water to the boil and cook 5 to 7 jiaozi until they float to the top (we then briefly sautéed them in the pan).
Step 3. Make the Dip and Serve
Finely chop the red pepper and the remaining spring onions and mix with the soy sauce and dark vinegar.
Serve the jiaozi with the dip.
慢慢 吃 Man mà chī! ('Eet Smakelijk')
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