I love making steamed dumplings (蒸饺) or pot stickers (jiao zi/饺子). Not only are they delicious, they are fun to make, especially the wrapping part.
You can gather your friends and loved ones to wrap the dumplings together for some special bonding time. These dumplings are steamed using the traditional dim sum style bamboo steamer, but if you don’t have one you can just steam them on a plate. During Chinese New Year, dumplings are a symbol of prosperity and wealth as they resemble ingots or little money purses.
How to wrap pot stickers/dumplings:
Place a piece of dumpling skin on the palm of your hand. Scoop 1/2 tbsp of dumpling filling onto the centre of the skin.
Add a few pieces of chopped prawns.
Dab your finger in water and wet the edges of the skin with your moist finger.
Fold the dumpling in half to form a half-crescent shape.
Starting from one end and with slightly moist fingers, pleat the edges towards the centre. Repeat with the other end.
Tip: While wrapping the dumplings, cover the dumpling skins (this one is another type of dumpling skin used for fried wontons) in a clean and moist kitchen towel to avoid them from drying out.
How to Steam Dumplings:
Arrange blanched cabbage such that there are still exposed holes at the bottom so that steam can enter the basket. Place dumplings on the cabbage without them touching one another.
Wet the steaming cloth and wring lightly. Drape the cloth over the dumplings to prevent condensed steam from dripping onto the dumplings.
Cover with lid then fold in the 4 corners of the cloth over the lid to prepare for steaming.