year of the ox.

January 28, 2009

Chinese New Year was on Monday. In the spirit of celebrating, Yi and I decided to make dumplings. Neither of us had made dumplings without our parents before, so it was going to be a new experience. We were used to helping assemble the dumplings, but had never participated in making the filling or the dough.

We took a trip to the Asian grocery store to get ingredients, including pre-made dumpling wrappers, in case our dough turned out bad. I love going to the Asian store near where Yi lives, despite the fish smell that covers the whole place. It always amazes me how much there is to buy, especially the amount of pre-made food. And the pre-made foods are always pretty cheap. It makes it almost worth it to just buy dumplings rather than spend the time to make them.

The dumplings came out pretty well. The dough we made was much better than the pre-made wrappers, and it was super easy (flour+salt+water). It took a while to get the pot stickers just right, but Yi got the hang of it after a few tries. I’m going to have to try to make bunch for myself and keep a bunch frozen. I’ll need to find an Asian store in Madison first.



  1. Homemade dumplings are so tasty. I went to a bunch of Asian stores my first month here but haven’t been back since.

  2. Homemade dumplings, yumyum. They are my soul-food.

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