Dumplings, also known as "jiao zi",are a popular type of traditional Chinese food, and also one of the main dishes on the Chinese New Year menu. Dumplings have a rich history that dates back over 1800 years. They were invnted in the Han Dynasty, by an eminent Chinese physician, Zhang Zong Jing, as a creative method of food therapy. Precious ingredients are wraped into a thin and elastic piece of dough skin, which perfectly preserves the nutrition in the fillings.
In western countries, almost all balls of dough with fillings are referred to as "dumplings", In fact, there are many types of dumplings. One of the healthiest types of dumplins comes from Northern China. Those dumplings have a balanced nutrition with a great amount of vegetables an other healthy ingredients. You will be surprised that the ingredients in one little dumpling can have so many forms of variation. Fillings are finely chopped for easy chewing and digestion, and are perfectly wrapped by thin and smooth skins. One small bite of the dumpling will give you a mouthful of divine taste.