March 13, 2008

Making Dumplings With Family

POST #    2737

Sunday night, Shannan and I went over to my parents' apartment to participate in a traditional Chinese expeience...dumpling making. I'm not sure I've actually ever done this, but apparently people all over China do this on New Year's Eve when members of the family return home for New Year's celebrations.

There are a few stations involved in the process: the dough maker/chopper, the dough flattener, the skin former, the filling stuffer, and the dumpling pincher. I'm sure there's some official terminology for the actual people in those positions and that some of these roles can be combined, but for the five of us (Aunt Bonnie was there too), that's how the roles were split and that's what I'm calling the process. The easiest job fell to me most of the night - filling the dumplings (if you know how to use chopsticks, you can do this job).

It took us a little while, but we made something like 200 dumplings - pork and shrimp with Chinese leek and pork and shrimp with Chinese cabbage. The best part about the labor intensive process of making dumplings has to be the family bonding and of course the dumpling eating afterwards.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Friends/Family, Photos at 5:13 PM



Oh wow, you guys make your own skin? We just buy the pre-made packages from the grocery store.

Posted by: Ben at March 14, 2008 12:48 AM

Oh my gosh I want to learn!! That looks amazing.

Posted by: cupcake at March 14, 2008 6:03 PM

love that first shot. table spreads are irresistible.

Posted by: Rion at March 15, 2008 6:53 AM

ben - to say that we make our own skin would imply that we do this often. we happened to make our own skin this time, but it's maybe the first time i've ever made dumplings...

Posted by: tien at March 18, 2008 11:14 AM

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