Breakfast Dinner Eater Lunch

Mini and Ruby’s Jioa Zi

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When we were living in China, we were lucky to have some really good friends who were locals. Two of them were kind enough to take some time out to hang out with two lǎowài (foreigners) and teach them the magic that is the Chinese dumpling!

I’ve been obsessed with dumplings ever since.


Cooking wine
Sesame oil
Soy sauce
Your choice of vegetable (carrot, celery, cilantro, etc.)
Your choice of meat (ground pork, beef, lamb, etc.)
Pre-made wrappers or flour and hot water to make them from scratch


  1. Mix finely chopped vegetable(s) and ground meat(s) combination together with cooking wine, sesame oil, soy sauce and MSG to taste.
  2. Form small balls of the mixture and wrap in dumpling wrappers to your liking.
  3. Boil dumplings until they float in the gently rolling water.
  4. Or fry them!
  5. Either way is good.

There are many ways to wrap a dumpling, but I’m not going to pretend to be a master of it. I recommend a YouTube and/or Google research binge to find a method of wrapping that works for you!

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