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The Art of Dumpling Folding

Filling and folding dumpling is a fragile art that requires a lot of practice. Folding is the part of making dumplings that require the most training. In many parts of the world, the folding dumpling is considered an art. There are so many ways to fold a dumpling; while some are very complicated or detailed and can take years to master, there are also simple ways you can make attractive homemade dumplings. 

If this is your first time making dumplings or you are a novice, you should start with less filling and more straightforward folds as you practice. You will advance and gradually increase the filling and proceeds to more complicated folding techniques. 

The Chinese dumpling is considered one of the most common ways to fold dumplings, and it is also one of the most straightforward folds. Below are some techniques on how to make Chinese dumplings.

The Half Moon

This technique is just as the name implies. To make a Chinese dumpling using the half-moon technique, you fold the circular dumpling wrapper in half to form a half-moon.  Here is a step-by-step procedure to drive this type of dumpling

  • Fold the dumpling wrapper in half 
  • Thoroughly press the edges together so you can get an airtight seal 
  • Flatten the bottom of the dumpling with the palm of your hand 

Voila! It is that simple.

The Two Pleats 

This dumpling technique involves two pleats and can enhance the appearance of your dumplings. Here is how to make it.

  • Fold the dumpling wrapper in half and nip the top where the wrapper meets
  • Fold the side of the wrapper facing away from you 
  • Make a crease on either side of the seal
  • Holding the side of the dough closest to you, use your thumb and forefinger and fold towards the center seal on the left
  • Do the same on the other side
  • Finally, press and seal to make sure it is airtight 

  The Four-Pleat

The four pleats is a more advanced version of the two creases, and it is done by

  • Fold dumpling wrapper and seal in the center only 
  • Now make two pleats on either side of the seal
  • grasping the side of the dough closest to you, use your thumb and forefinger and fold towards the center seal on the left
  • Do the same on the other side
  • Finally, press and seal to make sure it is airtight

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No matter the shape of the dumpling you are making, you should ensure that the dumpling is well sealed to avoid leaking and make sure not to over flour the wrappers. Also, it is key to note that the technique you choose to use should suit your cooking pattern. Want to learn how to perfect your dumpling technique? Come into the Dumpling School to learn from the professionals! Sign up for a class here. 

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