I made my first dumplings today, aren't they cute?
OK, they're a little mis-shapen. Shut up. And yes, I know the word is 'misshapen', but that just looks weird. Like my dumplings.
I'm not sure if they're jiaozi, gyoza, or fried har gow, but whatever you call them, they were delicious.
I based my recipe on Jaden's, minus the pork, bamboo and salt. Measurement-wise, I just glugged and chopped until it looked good. I also used wonton skins, because that's all that was available in my market. Because of that, I had to moisten the wrapper to get it to stick together, which made it impossible to only pleat one side like Jaden was miraculously able to do.
So, yeah, they look funny. But they didn't leak, and they were great cooked up per Jaden's recipe (fried, steamed, fried again), and dipped in a mix of soy sauce, black vinegar, rice wine and sesame oil.
The best part is that I now have a bag of dumplings in my freezer for a little snack whenever I want. No, I take that back. The best part is that Hubby doesn't like them, so they're all for me.