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CHINA IN YOUR TONGUE

CHINA IN YOUR TONGUE

Introducing today a series of blog posts, in which we will introduce you to Chinese food culture and give you insights on the stories behind the food and dishes. We named it “China in your tongue”, since you can get a taste of China (literally and metaphorically) through our stories.
Today we begin with the Chinese Dumplings.
 
Chinese dumplings history
Chinese dumplings, also known as “Jiaozi” in Chinese, is a traditional Chinese dish consisting of a ground meat/vegetable filling wrapped inside a thin layer of dough, and then boiled or steamed. It is usually eaten dipped in a condiment. The origin of this dish has been lost through time, but the earliest historical record of pot stickers (known in Chinese as “guotie”, referring to dumplings which has been steamed, then fried) dates back to the Song dynasty, some one thousand years ago, when the dish was enjoyed by emperors and commoners alike. Chinese scholars wrote that eating “guotie” was considered good for the soul. Today, this dish is widely enjoyed throughout the world, and has spread into many cultures. There are Vietnamese (banh cheo), Japanese (gyoza), and Korean (mandu) dumplings, each with their unique take on this classic dish.
Chinese dumplings as a health food
 A common misconception is that Chinese dumplings are a meat course. In fact, most Chinese families eat dumplings alone as a single course in one meal, and they prepare dumplings in such a way that it constitutes a well-balanced meal. The key to making a healthy dumpling is to use two to three parts of vegetable per part of ground meat. After boiling the dumplings, nearly all the fat is left in the water, and hardly any is retained in the dumplings. Dumplings prepared in this manner constitute a balanced diet, with the correct ratio of vegetables to meat to carbohydrate, and very little fat. In fact, I find that a meal of dumplings frequently contains less fat than a salad course which has been liberally slathered with dressing and sprinkled with cheese. If you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, dumplings can be a delicious and balanced diet.
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