Wednesday, 17 February 2010

CHINESE RAVIOLI


In the English language, many terms are generic.  Take "Aunt" and "Uncle" for instance.  By Western definition my father's sister is my aunt.  So is my Mother's sister.  For us Chinese we are very particular when it comes to "kinship" terms.  For example:

My father's younger sister is my gu-gu (姑姑)
My father's elder sister is my gu-ma (姑妈)
My mother's younger sister is my a-yi(阿姨)
My mother's elder sister is my yi-ma (姨妈)

When the Chinese are required to translate the names of food into English, however, they decide to become generic.  For instance, 云吞  水饺 粽子  饺子  锅贴  are all known as “dumplings”.  It gets pretty confusing if you're a foreigner visiting a local food court for the first time.

Once upon a time, my Taiwanese friend, Joanne, taught me to make jiaozhi (饺子) Since then, Mom and I would make a batch every Chinese New Year. To me a 饺子 is really an oversized ravioli.

Traditionally we fill our dumplings with chives and minced pork. This year - horrors of horrors! - chives were completely sold out at the wet market which my mom frequents. I blame the influx of China expats. They must've bought up every last strand!  So we made do with pork + Chinese mushrooms + finely chopped water chestnuts. Delicious! - and great comfort food. I gobbled up seven in one seating.


4 comments:

lesson said...

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與發 said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi, your "jiaozhi" looks yammy! Do you know about Japanese chives? I am not sure whether you can get them there, but in Japan, we can get them by fresh, dry, frozen. The size of Japanese chives is in the middle of regular one and green onion. Have you freeze chives before? It works quite well and I do it when I buy chives on sale. It can be your alternative choice when all chives are gone from stores :-) Maki

Fun said...

Hi Maki, thanks for posting in my quiet blog. I think freezing the chives is a great idea!