Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2008
Foodfreak has invited us to celebrate Chinese New Year. For this occasion, she asks us to prepare a typical Chinese dish.
So I prepared Jiaozi, my favorite dish for this holiday. Jiaozi (饺子and Pinyin: jiǎozi) are usually prepared on the last evening of the Old Year and you eat them during that evening or on the first day of the New Year.
Jiaozi can be eaten as a wonderful snack as well, kind of healthy and cheap fast food. You can buy it almost everywhere in China as popular street food, though Jiaozi originally were more popular in the northern part of China where wheat and noodles are common.
When I arrive in China, I always try to get some Jiaozi as soon as possible. They are just delicious!
Actually, I first got to know Jiaozi in Germany: We celebrated Chinese New Year with Chinese students who taught us how to make Jiaozi - and we had a lot of fun!
When I went to China for my studies, I made Jiaozi with friends and their families. So I learned how to prepare them without a recipe, and also found out about some variations of the filling. Back at home in Germany, I also prepared Jiaozi quite often.
But somehow, years passed, and I must admit that I have not made Jiaozi for many many years. So I am glad that Foodfreak announced this wonderful event that helped me to remember Jiaozi and to prepare them again ! Thanks to Foodfreak for this good idea and for organizing the event.
So I looked up an old recipe that I had written down many years ago and tried to make Jiaozi again. After a little disaster with wrong flour I finally did it "the Barbara way" and just mixed flour and water the way I thought it could work out - and it did.
My Jiaozi don't look perfect but they tasted very good.
Believe me, the more you practice the better they look like. And I will soon go on practicing! ;-)
After you have cooked the Jiaozi you take your chopsticks, pick a Jiaozi and dip it into the typical sauce. That's the most important part: The dip consists of soy sauce, Chinese vinegar, garlic and ginger. Yummy!
Try to get real Chinese vinegar and soy sauce to get the original flavor. And then: Enjoy! :-)
恭喜发财(gōngxǐ fācái) and 新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè)!