BASIC PREPARATIONS, CHINESE DUMPLINGS

HOW TO CLOSE CHINESE DUMPLINGS: 6 EASY FOLDS FOR BEGINNERS

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In this tutorial I am showing you 6 super easy methods to close the dumplings. You can find a step-by-step photo guide for each method in the recipe below. You will also see a video tutorial at the end of the post for an easier reference on each fold.

The 6 shapes are easy to master and perfect for presentation of serving your dumplings. At the same time they fulfill your needs to cook the dumplings in different ways: to pan-fry, to steam and to boil.

If you are interested to learn how to prepare Chinese dumplings from zero, check out my Online Cooking Class!

HOW TO FOLD THE DUMPLINGS IN 6 WAYS

Recipe by Sasha WangCourse: BASIC PREPARATIONSCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Low

6 folds of Chinese dumplings for beginners

INGREDIENTS

Preparation

  • #1. Fold in the shape of Guo Tie
  • Fold the dumpling in half. Pinch the top to seal.
  • Push the end of the edge on your right inward to form two ears.
  • Pinch to seal.
  • Repeat this on the left end to have a form of Guo Tie.COME CHIUDERE I RAVIOLI CINESI: chiusura a forma di GuoTieYou can easily put more quantity of filling into the dumplings using this way of folding. This is a perfect shape for making steam-fried dumplings.
  • #2. Fold in the shape of Yuan Bao
  • Place the filling at the center, then half fold the wrap.
  • Pinch the edge to seal.
  • Bring two ends towards each other and pinch them together.COME CHIUDERE I RAVIOLI CINESI: chiusura a forma di YuanBaoThis shape is similar to Yuan Bao, the ancient Chinese currency. It is perfect to make steamed and steam-fried dumplings.
  • #3. Classic Fold of ShuiJiao
  • Half fold the wrap. Hold each end between your thumb and index fingers.
  • Bring two ends towards each other to form two ears on the edge.
  • Bring the ears to the edge and pinch them to seal.
    COME CHIUDERE I RAVIOLI CINESI: chiusura classica di ShuiJiaoThis fold was my first mastered way to close the dumplings. It is perfect to make Shuijiao (water boiled dumplings).
  • #4. Fold in the shape of half-moon I
  • Half fold the wrap and close the top at the center.
  • Bring the fold on your right towards the center and pinch to seal.
  • Keep doing this until the end.
  • Do the same on the left side to close the dumplings with pleats.COME CHIUDERE I RAVIOLI CINESI: chiusura a forma di mezza lunaThis way is commonly used in Japanese Gyoza making. It is perfect to cook steamed and steam-fried dumplings.
  • #5. Fold in the shape of half-moon II
  • Lift up the edge and bring the left fold towards the right.
  • Press the fold one after the other.
  • Keep doing this around 6 - 8 times until half wrap is folded.
  • Bring the rest half of the wrap towards the pleats and pinch to seal.COME CHIUDERE I RAVIOLI CINESI: chiusura a forma di mezza lunaThis is my favorite way to fold the dumplings. I always show it to my customers during the cooking class. This shape is perfect for steamed and steam-fried dumplings.
  • #6. Fold in the shape of Baozi
  • Do the same moves as the #5 method above.
  • Instead of stopping halfway, finish folding the whole wrap to turn the half-moon to full-moon.
  • Pinch the pleats to seal the round shape Baozi.COME CHIUDERE I RAVIOLI CINESI: chiusura a forma di BaoziThis fold is perfect for steamed and steam-fried dumplings.

TUTORIAL: HOW TO CLOSE CHINESE DUMPLINGS IN 6 EASY WAYS

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