Saturday, July 16, 2011

jiǎozi 饺子

my heart is really happy about this post.

happy because of my wonderful friend jarcy, who allowed me to be her assistant of all food asian in our junior year of college, thus allowing me to have this dumpling knowledge!

and also happy because my two chinese friends at this music festival gave me an excuse to make such a meal.

the poor dears are in america for the first time and have only had cafeteria food! yikes!

not gonna lie. i was a bit nervous about making dumplings for legitimate dumpling-eating folk. but jarcy's teaching ain't no joke and my dumplings passed. they even said i could open a dumpling shop in xi'an! (yeah...RIGHT!)

xi'an has a dumpling PALACE. it is incredible.

i love xi'an.

and i love dumplings.

they're easy to make with friends!! you should probably try as soon as is humanly possible.

jiǎozi 饺子
makes 50

1 package dumpling wrappers
1 pound ground turkey
2 scallions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 egg
1 tsp cornstarch
3-4 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

dipping sauce:
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice vinegar (add more too balance salt)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 scallion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped

- for successful dumpling assembly, create a little assembly line of wrappers, turkey filling combined in a bowl and a small bowl filled with warm water and 2 tbs or so of cornstarch. (refill everytime water gets cool.)
- take one wrapper, put a small amount of turkey in the center and dip your finger in the cornstarch/water mix. spread the mix around the inner edge of the dumpling and pinch to seal together.
- once dumplings are assembled, you have a few options. you can steam them in a cup of water over medium high THEN pan fry them to make potstickers. or you can just steam or just pan fry. i suggest experimenting to see what you like best. everyone is a little different. i prefer pan frying straight up.
- serve with sauce in individual cups for easy dipping!


  1. I am in love with dumplings right now. these look wonderful. I've just finished making a batch of dumplings and would love to try your recipe out next. thanks for sharing this special recipe.

  2. I've never tried making dumplings, they've always looked so difficult to me. I love the look of these though and it makes me want to give it a try.
    *kisses* HH

  3. This is right up my alley. I've been to Xian in 1996 on a tour of China and Hong Kong--which was still British then. Amazingly beautiful! You're right about the food there: excellent. I've never dared make my own dumplings but you're persuading me that it is possible.

  4. OH my goodness, dumplings are my favorite!! Also excellent if you mix in some chopped celery cabbage leaves. The sesame oil is essential -- though I've never made the recipe with turkey! Just the experiment for my dumpling wrappers I have sitting in my freezer....