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Steamed Dumplings

Steamed Dumplings

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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 (Step-by-Step)
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 in a clean and moist kitchen towel to avoid them from drying out.
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How to steam dumplings (Step-by-Step)
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

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33 Responses to “Steamed Dumplings”

  1. sunita — December 4, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

    Your really very tempting. Please could u email me how to make the jiaozi wrappers at home as we don’t get the wrappers here. Thanks a lot


  2. sunita — December 4, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    Please your jiozi recipe is very temptibg.please could u email me the recipe of the jiaozi wrappers as they are not available at my place.thanks


  3. Ida — March 8, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

    May I steam the dumblings as I normally steam other food (food placed on a plate, and the plate is placed on top of a stand, in a pot of water) ? I don’t have this type of basket. Thank You.


    • wiffy replied: — March 11th, 2016 @ 11:59 am

      yes you can


  4. Hl — January 21, 2017 @ 12:10 am


    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    A) Is corn starch necessary?
    B) can it be replaced with corn flour? Or other alterations?


    • wiffy replied: — January 26th, 2017 @ 8:32 am

      It helps to bind the ingredients together. Corn starch is also corn flour, you can use either.