Sunday at Gramps, Dumpling Making!

Just wanted to share a couple photos of my little girl learning the art of dumpling making from scratch! (Above photo was taken while we were preparing the dough for dumpling skin). My Mom had the stuffing ready when we arrives. Pretty interesting combination this time around, because my Auntie (who runs a produce whole sale company) gave my parents quite a bit of carnival squash a couple of days ago, being very “Green” and not wasteful, my parents have decided to try shredding the squash and mix with thinly sliced chicken breasts meat as the stuffing.

Here are the finished dumplings, the flat ones were made by my little girl, as a first timer, I think she did a wonderful job! The dumpling are in the freezer right now, they will come handy on one of those nights when my husband works late and I don’t feel like cooking. Yay!

Note: My Mom just left a comment letting me know the stuffing was made with lean pork instead of chicken breasts, sorry for the confusion!


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! Trinity did a great job!!!! I love her smile – she always have the best smile just like mommy! I’m envious you don’t have to worry about 1-2 meals at least. Next time I want to come over to learn how to make the homemade dough!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Nami!!! Trinity loves helping out in the kitchen, though most of the time I only let her help when we do some baking (from a box!), so this was super fun for her. My Mom was trying to explain how to make the dough, then she started telling me how my Grandma (my Dad’s Mom) would wake up every morning to make Chinese pastry/buns/pancakes for the family, and she would still manage to get all the children to school on time! My Mom also said it’s tradition to save a little piece of dough overnight to start the next day’s dough correctly, I have no idea how it was done, it sounds almost magical…

      Hope you are catching up on all the blogging and not too stressed out about things. Have a good night!

  2. lyntrinix says:

    Well done Trinity! She’s so adorable and her smile light up my face! I’m sure she’s brings laughter to the house! 😀
    I’ve never try combinations of squash and chicken meat in dumplings but it sounds delicious! Can’t wait to see your cooked dumplings! 😀

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Lyn! Trinity is pretty hilarious and she does brings lots of laughter everywhere she goes. Which I am sure your girls also do for you and your family!
      I love eating boiled dumplings, and it’s a Chinese tradition to not count how many while eating, so I can probably eat 20 at a time… though my husband doesn’t understand how Trinity and I can eat them boiled, he would only eat them after pan frying, which is less healthy, this is why I said we will wait until he works late one night to enjoy these home made dumpling…

  3. Linda says:

    cindy:餃子餡不是雞肉是豬肉.至於妳的祖母,每天做完麵食,留下一小塊發麵糰,第二天和麵用時得加”é¹¼”,我沒學會,這點全憑經驗. 媽字

  4. Sissi says:

    Jeno, I agree with Nami, your daughter has exactly the same beautiful smile (at least from what I see on the photos of both of you).
    I have always enjoyed cooking with my mum or grandmother when I was small (although I preferred reading or playing with children of course…).
    So these are the mysterious dumplings! By the way, I am still hoping you will post one day your mum’s ground meat filling you talked about many posts ago 😉

    1. Jeno says:

      Sissi, thank you for the compliment, my little girl would prefer to play with her cousins also, but no one else showed up that day so my Mom decided to teach her how to make dumplings, which turned out to be a lot of fun!

      I will definitely ask my Mom about the stuffing, recipe discussion is one of our favorite thing to talk about!

  5. kankana says:

    wow making momo at that age !! this is huge you know right 🙂 YOU must be proud and she looks so so so adorable.

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Kankana! I love that you refer to dumplings as momo, sounds better your way! I am hoping by my Mom and I making cooking an enjoyable experience, Trinity will take on our love of making delicious meals for family when she grows up!

  6. Aww, your little girl is SO CUTE! 😀 😀 😀 And she also seems to have some awesome talent with the dumplings! 🙂

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Kath, Trini loves helping with cooking!

  7. Tammy says:

    Your daughter is beautiful and it’s so wonderful that you are sharing food traditions with her. I love Asian dumplings but the idea of making them intimidates me.

    1. Jeno says:

      Hello Tammy, welcome to my blog! Thank you for the compliments, my little girl loves to help out in the kitchen, though I am still a bit wary of letting her do the more complicated stuff, the thought of passing on tradition and the idea of “cooking is fun” is what keeps me going. BTW, congrats on your 100th posting, love that adorable photo of Zero Hero!

  8. Sissi says:

    Jeno, you will not believe me! I have just bought one green mango in a Vietnamese shop (I buy there my shiso and have never noticed the mangoes among all the strange fruits they have!). Please tell me how did you say your husband’s family enjoyed it? Do you remember what the spiced salt was composed of? Or maybe you have another advice? The mango is green and the shop assistant said it’s also green inside…

    1. Jeno says:

      Hooray! I asked my husband and he send me this recipe, hopefully you will like it!

      Vietnamese Chili Salt Dip
      2 Thai Chili or any red chili pepper
      3 table spoons sea salt
      sprinkle of paprika (optional)

      1. Crush chili in a bowl . Add sea salt and continue crushing chili’s until the juices are released into the salt. The more you crush, the more heat you add to the mixture, so beware! For a more smoky flavor sprinkle in some paprika. Let the chili juices dry out in the salt mixture for about 1 hour.

      2. Use as a dipping condiment for green mangoes or in any recipe to enhance it’s salt and spicy flavors.

      Good luck!

      1. Sissi says:

        Thank you so much, Jeno, and thank your husband on my behalf! I will make the chili salt dip today and will let you know how my first green mango tasted!

      2. Jeno says:

        I hope you enjoy it as much as we do Sissi!

  9. Sissi says:

    Jeno, I have just had the green mango with the chili salt. It was awesome!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe! The mango is a bit sour (I hope it should be like this…) and reminds me a bit of unripe pears I used to eat as a child (I was impatient to see them ripen in my grandmother’s garden!). It is perfect for me: I love sour and hot flavours! I wonder if my husband will like it… Thanks again!

    1. Jeno says:

      Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed the green mango with spicy salt! Yes it is suppose to be super sour, in fact my teeth get very sensitive eating them, so it’s become kind of a forbidden fruit for me now a days…

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