For the first seven years of my life my family lived in a big community house with lots of other adults. They all shared the cooking and naturally some nights were better than others. One of my favourite nights was when we had hot pot or huǒguō, which was cooked by two of the adults we lived with, both of whom were chinese. Another food I was introduced to by the same adults was dumplings. Throughout the rest of my life dumplings have been one of my favourite foods.
Last week mum said something about pork mince in the freezer and the idea immediately came to me, “dumplings!”. So tonight, my family finally had dumplings for dinner. I used this recipe but , with a little help (thanks mum!), I modified it so that I could use the pak choi from our garden. I made the fillings and my family helped to fold and cook the dumplings. We had a few struggles along the way, let’s just say mum’s strengths are definitely not in the dumpling folding area, but they turned out pretty good. We made a dipping sauce with mint and coriander from the garden and mum made a stir-fry with a massive marrow from our neighbor’s garden ( it was supposed to be a tennis ball zucchini but they were on holiday and dad got round to picking it a little to late so it was more of a basketball zucchini). But the end result was a delicious picnic dinner, good job team!