William Cai's Tomato and Egg Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)

Total Time
Prep 50 mins
Cook 10 mins

My daughter's Chinese classmate submitted this recipe for the Fourth Grade cookbook. He writes "My Grandma made it for New Year's when I was 8 years old. . . . We gathered at the table and wrestled for dumplings. Oh! It was so good! It was yummy, juicy, and tasty! Delicious! You got to try it!" Jiaozi are a common fast-food lunch in China, sold in garage-sized restaurants along the street. At Chinese New Year, families sit around stuffing dumplings together.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk eggs, then stir-fry in oil and set aside.
  2. Blanch tomatoes, remove skins, and mince.
  3. Combine eggs and tomatoes, and drain liquid.
  4. Season with sugar and salt.
  5. Stuff dumpling skins with egg and tomato mixture, and pinch sides together to form half-moon shape. Seal well. (A bit of water on your forefinger helps.).
  6. Bring large pot of water to a boil.
  7. Drop in dumplings in batches and boil until they float. With slotted spoon, remove to platter.
  8. Eat dumplings with chopsticks, and dip in small bowls of black vinegar. (Dipping sauce may also contain soy sauce, minced garlic, chopped fresh cilantro, and/or red chili flakes in oil).