Jiao Zi (Northern Chinese Dumplings)
Chinese Dumplings, is a traditional snack that usually stuffs with meat and vegetable. A health alternative couch snacks that warm and fill your tummy.
250g plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup water
Filling (mix together)
200g chicken fillet, coarsely diced
50- chives, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon light soy sauce or to
Ginger & vinegar dipping sauce (mix together)
2 tablespoons finely-chopped ginger
3 tablespoons white rice vinegar
Chilli dipping sauce (blend together)
5 red chillies
1 clove garlic
salt and sugar to taste
To prepare the wrappers
Add enough water to the flour to knead into a smooth dough. Cover with a cloth and set aside for half an hour. Roll into a long sausage and cut into 3cm pieces. On a floured surface, roll the pieces out thinly into circular wrappers, about 8cm in diameter.
Place a spoonful of filling in the centre of a dumpling wrapper. Fold over to form a crescent shape and pinch the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
To pan-fry the dumplings, heat a non-stick frying pan and put a little oil in it; rotate the pan to coat with the oil. Pan-fry the dumplings on both sides over medium heat until they are lightly browned and crisp at the edges.
Alternatively, drop them into a pot of boiling water and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Serve the dumplings hot with the dipping sauces.