Her Majesty’s Magic Dumplings

Maggie Xu is the dumpling queen of The Netherlands. Her dumplings, jiaozi in Chinese, are handmade. The layers of dough being thin and deliciously fresh. Maggie fills them with among other things vegetables out of her garden. She grew up in the Chinese countryside where her parents had a garden that delivered all the greens the family needed. While studying in Beijing she hoped to have her own garden one fine day. Now she has one in Koog aan de Zaan, a village in the vicinity of Amsterdam. Maggie creates dumplings with meat and vegetarian ones. She sells them at food markets in Amsterdam and surroundings, for example at the Yada Yada Market in Zaandam. You can savour her dumplings also at one of my favourite Amsterdam spots: Brandend Zand, Westerdoksdijk 750. Do wake me up in the middle of the night for her jiaozi with shredded pork, Chinese cabbage and garlic-chives. Feed me her dumplings with shiitake and oxheart cabbage (spitskool) and I will cheer even louder: such a refined, pure and light – I guess – creation. Best eaten with a blend of vinegar and soy sauce.

Maggie’s Jiaozi
Vegetarian dumplings, 4 pieces, €6.00
Food markets in Amsterdam and surroundings (check her FB-page) and at Brandend Zand
+31 (0) 6 39 55 72 57

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