Jiaozi at Handmade Dumpling
This Chinese dumpling (jiaozi) stall is part of a family run mini-chain that specializes in hand made frozen dumplings. According to the proprietor (who speaks not a word of English), their first shop opened in 1946 in South Korea. You can also get the dumplings cooked to order - boiled (shuijiao) or pan fried (goutie – better known as pot-sticker).
The dumplings here are smaller and have less filling than the usual jiaozi. It has a thin skin which is rolled out of an old machine similar to a pasta maker. The fillings are hand-formed with a light touch giving it a fluffy texture.
Their dumplings are also lighter than the typical Northern Chinese kind which can be doughy and heavy. Stylistically, the dumplings here are similar to Japanese-style gyoza (whose etymological root, incidentally, is the word jiaozi). I can eat a dozen of these things.
On the day I took these pictures, we ordered two kinds of potstickers, vegetable and pork. They were nicely fried and exhibited a lacey caramelized web (my favourite part). A side dish of black vinegar and some free tea served cool completes this meal.
Hand Made Dumpling Stall
President Plaza Foodcourt
8181 Cambie Road