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.



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



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


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.


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…

IMG_6043Steamed them….

IMG_6051And browned the bottoms then dumped water on them to steam/boil them until they were done.

IMG_6048By the end we had a lot of dumplings ready to eat.


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.



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.


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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