Dumplings and more dumplings

Last weekend we had a pretty laid back weekend.  We didn’t have much to do except on Saturday evening.  Someone in town asked if I would be interested in learning how to make Chinese dumplings.  I am up for any cooking lesson so I said sure.  We met at 2 to start making the dumplings.  She showed me how to make the stuffing and the dough.

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We formed the dough and rolled it out into little doilies.

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And we started stuffing and folding, stuffing and folding, over and over and over.

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My first attempt was not pretty but the great thing about dumplings is you make a lot so you get a lot of practice.  By the end I was pretty good, my curve started to be symmetrical.  Here is a picture of my before and after a lot of practice.

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After we made over a hundred dumplings (yes because you eat that many of them) we started to cook them up.  We did 3 different methods.  Normally you wouldn’t have to do all 3 methods but I wanted to compare them and see which way I like better.  So we boiled them…

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Ted brought the kids over around 4:30 to watch some and to help eat all of the dumplings.  Our family had a blast hanging out, eating, and socializing.  The kids had a blast running around a normally quiet house and causing their normal chaos.  Jenna was happy because suddenly there was another daddy to play with and to carry her.  She always seems to latch onto a male figure who has an empty arms, it doesn’t matter if it is a youth group kid, another daddy, a grandpa.  She is in heaven if she gets someone to cuddle with non-stop.

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And the best part, I know how to make dumplings….and depending on timing, they might make it on the menu for Chinese New Year.  Hope my neighbors are ready.

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About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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4 Responses to Dumplings and more dumplings

  1. Joy says:

    So which method did you prefer?

  2. Terry says:

    I LOVED making dumplings with you! I made them again just this past weekend with my siblings and my parents in St. Louis. Even though they have a Chinatown close by, the agreement at the table was, “homemade dumplings are WAY better than store bought!”

  3. Tina says:

    Ah great to see you Terry !!! Glad you all had fun!!

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