Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 128
    #1

    Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    For a long time, we Chinese use "dumpling" represent "Jiaozi" which is like a ravioli, but different...Jiaozi is steamed or boiled in water, and we dip it in condiment for a second when we eat.
    I put a picture here.Click image for larger version. 

Name:	u1441658d2011-08-15-17-03-59-0696-111.jpg 
Views:	8 
Size:	26.2 KB 
ID:	1665
    Recently, I found that "dumpling" refers to another food, which is a small ball of dough cooked and served with stew...
    Obviously, Jiaozi is not a ball of dough. So, I think "dumpling" is not a good translation.
    I ask this question just want to know whether westerners know what "Jiaozi" is, if I use this word directly.
    Or, do you have any better translation about this food.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,845
    #2

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    Recently, I found that "dumpling" refers to another food, which is a small ball of dough cooked and served with stew...
    Obviously, Jiaozi is not a ball of dough. So, I think "dumpling" is not a good translation.
    Many words have more than one meaning, and dumpling is the word that is commonly used. You can call it a Chinese dumpling so that there's no confusion. They're wrapped in dough, which is possibly why the term is used.

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    I ask this question just want to know whether westerners know what "Jiaozi" is, if I use this word directly.
    Those who are familiar with Asian cuisine may know it, but many people will not.

    There is a Wikipedia page on jiaozi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaozi, but that doesn't make it a standard term.

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,604
    #3

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    These are very popular in Nepal. They are delicious.
    File:Plateful of Momo in Nepal.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #4

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    I still use the rolling pin a colleague in China gave me after I passed my jiaozi-making test.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,829
    #5

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    Even if I didn't know what they were, if I went to a Chinese restaurant and saw "dumplings" on the menu, I wouldn't necessarily assume that they would be the same sort of dumplings we're used to in the UK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,829
    #6

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I still use the rolling pin a colleague in China gave me after I passed my jiaozi-making test.
    Yes, but what do you use it for?!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  5. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #7

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, but what do you use it for?!
    For making jiaozi, of course! I'll make you some next time you come to Prague.

  6. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #8

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    For a long time, we Chinese use "dumpling" represent "Jiaozi" which is like a ravioli, but different...Jiaozi is steamed or boiled in water, and we dip it in condiment for a second when we eat.
    I put a picture here.Click image for larger version. 

Name:	u1441658d2011-08-15-17-03-59-0696-111.jpg 
Views:	8 
Size:	26.2 KB 
ID:	1665
    Recently, I found that "dumpling" refers to another food, which is a small ball of dough cooked and served with stew...
    Obviously, Jiaozi is not a ball of dough. So, I think "dumpling" is not a good translation.
    I ask this question just want to know whether westerners know what "Jiaozi" is, if I use this word directly.
    Or, do you have any better translation about this food.
    Most people I know would not confuse "dumplings" in a Chinese restaurant with European "dumplings". As with many other things, context is important. In New York, Chinese dumplings are often called "pot stickers". When they are fried crispy, we often call them "wontons".

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 128
    #9

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Many words have more than one meaning, and dumpling is the word that is commonly used. You can call it a Chinese dumpling so that there's no confusion. They're wrapped in dough, which is possibly why the term is used.


    Those who are familiar with Asian cuisine may know it, but many people will not.
    If I introduce it as "Chinese ravioli", will it be a better translation than only "dumpling"?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 128
    #10

    Re: Do you know what Jiaozi is? Is it a dumpling?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Most people I know would not confuse "dumplings" in a Chinese restaurant with European "dumplings". As with many other things, context is important. In New York, Chinese dumplings are often called "pot stickers". When they are fried crispy, we often call them "wontons".
    Pot sticker is fried dumpling, and "dumpling" I mentioned before is cooked by boiling or steaming.
    And actually, "wonton" in China means another food, and we call it "chaoshou", whose "skin" is much thinner than dumpling, and the shape is not the same either.
    Last edited by registered; 28-Oct-2013 at 06:15.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •