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Every Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) the family gets together and makes jiaozi for the whole family and any guests they may be entertaining. Jiaozi consist of tens of different fillings for example, seafood, meat or veg in all different combinations. The most popular are pork and cabbage, chopped prawn and scrambled egg or just plain green veg. Once you have made the filling, you start to make the dumpling cover. this just consists of making dough, rolling it out into small circles about 2 inches wide and only a few millimetres thick. The you stuff them with the filling of your choice and seal them...almost like making a Cornish Pasty!!! Boil them and sprinkle a bit of salt and oil in the water to stop them sticking to eachother. Leave them for a few minutes until the dough looks ready. And then to finish it off and make it ready to eat, you need a sauce to dip them in. This usually consists of soy sauce and dark vinegar mixed, or dark vinegar on its own, or if youre in central China then chilli sauce, and ALWAYS accompanied with a chunk of raw garlic to munch on at the same time! SOOOOOO tasty!!!!
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