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Steamed Dumplings

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.

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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.

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How to wrap pot stickers/dumplings:

How to wrap Chinese potsticker (dumpling)
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.

How to wrap Chinese potsticker (dumpling)
Add a few pieces of chopped prawns.

How to wrap Chinese potsticker (dumpling)
Dab your finger in water and wet the edges of the skin with your moist finger.

How to wrap Chinese potsticker (dumpling)
Fold the dumpling in half to form a half-crescent shape.

How to wrap Chinese potsticker (dumpling)
Starting from one end and with slightly moist fingers, pleat the edges towards the centre. Repeat with the other end.

How to wrap Chinese potsticker (dumpling)
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:

steaming jiao zi
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.

steaming jiao zi
Wet the steaming cloth and wring lightly. Drape the cloth over the dumplings to prevent condensed steam from dripping onto the dumplings.

steaming jiao zi
Cover with lid then fold in the 4 corners of the cloth over the lid to prepare for steaming.

Steamed Dumplings

34 comments on “Steamed Dumplings”

  1. I made dumplings yesterday too! But yours look so much better, haha. My wrapping didn’t have the nice pleats because I didn’t know how to do it. Now I do!

  2. Happy Chinese New Year! I love eating dumpling than making dumpling, hehe…

  3. ooo.. I would love a bite of this one today! It looks very juicy-and you have been very generous with the filling!

  4. Lovely dumplings! I just want to make some and enjoy some now!

  5. Those dumplings look delicious. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  6. Those look so pretty. I can’t fold dumplings well, they always look all mangled.

    Happy New Year!

  7. do you make your own wanton wrapper too? could you teach me how? i always end up with a thick wrapper and it isn’t so pleasant when it’s cook, kind of gummy

  8. Awesome recipe Wiffy! I love dumplings.

  9. I love dumplings and looking forward to make for Chinese New Year. May I know where do you get the dumpling skins?

  10. Hi, can these dumplings be deep-fried as well? Thanks.

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