Chinese chive pockets

Title: Chinese Chive Pockets (Jiu Cai He Zi)


For the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups Chinese chives (jiu cai), finely chopped
  • 1 cup firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for cooking


For the Dough:

  1. Prepare Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, warm water, and salt. Knead the mixture into a smooth dough. Cover and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

For the Filling:

  1. Prepare Filling:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped Chinese chives, crumbled tofu, chopped shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and white pepper. Mix well.
  2. Cook Filling:
    • Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the filling mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the chives are wilted and the tofu is cooked. Allow the filling to cool.


  1. Divide Dough:
    • Divide the rested dough into golf ball-sized portions.
  2. Roll Out Dough:
    • On a floured surface, roll each ball into a thin circle (about 4-5 inches in diameter).
  3. Fill and Fold:
    • Place a spoonful of the cooled filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough in half, creating a half-moon shape, and press the edges to seal.
  4. Crimp Edges:
    • Use your fingers or a fork to crimp and seal the edges of the pockets.
  5. Cook Pockets:
    • Heat a pan over medium heat with a bit of oil. Place the pockets in the pan and cook until both sides are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve:
    • Remove from the pan, let them cool slightly, and serve the Chinese chive pockets warm. They are delicious on their own or with a dipping sauce.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes (plus resting time for the dough)
  • Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 40-45 minutes
  • Intensity: Moderate

Note: Chinese Chive Pockets, also known as Jiu Cai He Zi, are delightful dumplings filled with a savory mixture of Chinese chives, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms. The crispy exterior and flavorful filling make them a popular choice for snacks or meals. Serve them with a dipping sauce of your choice for an authentic and delicious experience.

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