We continue our journey around the world with some fun activities from China.
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Our trip to China kicks off with learning some basic Chinese Kung Fu gestures. It is a great way of exploring the Chinese martial arts
Writing Chinese Characters
After some physical exercise, let’s sit down and learn how to write twelve simple Chinese Characters.
Print this sheet and start practicing writing Your First Chinese Characters.
Making Chinese Dumplings
Meals are one of the most important things in all the cultures, and China is the same. We are trying to make the most traditional chinese food — the dumplings or Jiaozi in Chinese.
The idea of putting meat inside of a wrap or stuffed pasta is universal. You can see so many dumplings in different cultures. There are ravioli, tortellini, mezzaluna, samosa, to name a few. Consequently, there are millions of ways of making dumplings, and we can debate forever which way is better than the others. Historically, Chinese dumplings are one of the oldest forms of dumpling going back 1800 years to the Han Dynasty. Passed down for centuries, dumpling wrapping is an art form. Having no intention to scare away the kids with complicated dumpling wrapping skills, we included a kid-friendly method for you to try.
One of the best recipes for making authentic dumplings is from Chinasichuanfood.com.
Pro Tip – Using a stand mixer with a pasta attachment helps save time and effortlessly churns out beautiful thin sheets of dough.
Head over to Amazon to pick up an attachment for your KitchenAid Mixer or one of these great hand crank pasta makers.
When all of the dough is rolled out it will be time to shape the dumplings. If you ever have a chance to sit down with someone who can teach you how to wrap dumplings, do it! These family traditions are passed down through generations and experiencing them first hand is truly special.
This dumpling press tool makes dumpling folding quick and easy for little kids.
You can purchase the dumpling press tool at here.
If you’re up for the challenge, watch this video to learn how to wrap your dumplings. Or be as creative as you can as you fold the dumplings with your imagination.
Cooking Your Dumplings
Begin by bring a large pot of water to
For more dumpling recipes pick up Dumplings All Day Wong from Amazon.
Also great for steaming vegetables! You just put it on a wok with a little water in it to steam.
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End your journey to China with a fun movie.
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