Jiaozi are traditional Chinese-style dumplings commonly eaten in China during the Lunar New Year and other festive occasions, but they are also a common dish throughout the year. The filling can vary widely and may include combinations of ground meat (such as pork, beef, or chicken), vegetables (like cabbage, mushrooms, or scallions), and seasonings like soy sauce, ginger, garlic, or sesame oil. Some variations may also include seafood or tofu as fillings.
Jiaozi can be cooked in several ways. The most common methods are boiling, steaming, or pan-frying. Boiled jiaozi are typically served with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, vinegar, and sometimes chili oil or other condiments. Steamed jiaozi have a softer texture and are often served with a light dipping sauce. Pan-fried jiaozi, also known as potstickers, have a crispy bottom and a tender filling. They are often served with a combination of soy sauce and vinegar.
Jiaozi are not only delicious but also hold cultural significance. In Chinese culture, they symbolize wealth and good fortune, making them a common dish during celebratory occasions. Additionally, making jiaozi is often a social activity, bringing family and friends together to prepare and enjoy the dumplings.