School of Wok Welcome Benjamin

Dear School of Wokkers,

I'm Benjamin, the new blogger for the website. To welcome me to the SOW team, Jez thought it would be a good idea for me take over ‘Jess's Recipe Adventures' section by giving me one of his own recipes to try out - not sure if this is a test or not but here goes...let's see if I'm still writing the blog next week!

[I've cleverly renamed this feature ‘Benjamin's Recipe Adventures']

Benjamins Recipe Adventures: Trying Jiaozi Chinese Dumplings!

So I've tried my best to recreate one of Jez's simple but impressive dishes - Jiaozi, or Chinese dumplings. This sounded a little daunting to begin with but I was surprised at how easy and quick they were to make, maybe it was my half-Chinese heritage coming through or something...thanks Dad! My kitchen is tiny and it goes to show that even those with limited facilities will be able to whip-up these tasty little treats in no time.

How I got on...

To make the filling, finely chop all ingredients into similar size pieces, then place in a bowl and mix well with the marinade. Now if your kitchen is no bigger than a cupboard (like mine) then it may be a good idea to chop all the ingredients first and not wait until you've run out of space as your work surface - the only one in the kitchen - is full of jiaozi circles! So...after having rested a chopping board on your knees and successfully prepared the vegetables in the living room, you will now be ready to assemble your dumplings... See the full recipe here.

I had to use Jez's photos for the technique - mine would have not been helpful in the slightest! Despite the long-winded and wordy description, these are actually really easy to make. The first one is always going to be a bit fiddly but once you get the hang of it, they won't take long to finish. Also, don't worry if they all don't look the same, none of mine did!

It's a thumbs up for the Jiaozi!

I ate mine with a little chilli sauce as a dip, but Jez recommends serving with a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar (equal amounts of each) and matchsticks of ginger. I was pretty chuffed with the result I have to say, and will definitely be giving these another go soon!