Dumplings (Jiaozi) – A Comforting and Delicious Chinese Delicacy

Dumplings, or Jiaozi in Chinese, are a popular Chinese dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. They are a type of filled pasta that can be boiled, steamed, or fried and are typically served with a dipping sauce. Dumplings can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetables, and more. They are a versatile and comforting food that is perfect for any occasion.

Here is a simple recipe for making homemade dumplings:


For the filling:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, chopped cabbage, scallions, grated ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to make the filling.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and water to make the dough. Knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  3. Divide the dough into small pieces, about the size of a ping-pong ball. Roll each piece into a thin, circular wrapper.
  4. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of each wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and pinch the edges together to seal the dumpling.
  5. To cook the dumplings, you can either boil them, steam them, or fry them. To boil, bring a pot of water to a boil and add the dumplings. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until they float to the surface. To steam, place the dumplings in a steamer basket and steam for about 10-15 minutes. To fry, heat some oil in a pan and add the dumplings. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until they are crispy and golden brown.
  6. Serve the dumplings with a dipping sauce of your choice, such as soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili oil, or a combination of these. Garnish with chopped scallions, sesame seeds, or cilantro, if desired.

Your homemade dumplings are now ready to enjoy. They are a comforting and delicious Chinese delicacy that is perfect for any meal, whether it’s a quick and easy lunch, a hearty dinner, or a fun and festive gathering with family and friends.