The procedure for making dumpling dough

Ingredients

3 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup hot water, ½ cup cold water.

Procedure for making dumpling dough:

1. Put 3 cups of flour into a mixing bowl, and mix in 1 cup of just boiled water. Stir the mixture with a stick or a fork, until the flour become flaky. (see Note 1)
2. Pour a ½ cup of cold water into the dough, and keep mixing, until it become a ball shape.
3. Sprinkle some flour on a wide flat surface, such as a countertop, and place the dough on the surface.
4. The dough now should be sticky and warm, leave it alone for a couple of minutes, to allow it to cool down.
5. When you can feel the dough has become cooler, and dryer, you can start kneading the dough very gently. Do not try too hard, because the center of dough is still very warm. While kneading the dough, if you find the dough is still very sticky, sprinkle a little flour on your hands and working surface, but not directly on the dough.
6. After gently kneading the dough for a while, you will notice the dough is becoming a lot cooler, and is well mixed. Then we can try kneading the dough harder to create a very elastic texture.
7. Keep kneading the dough until it is smooth and spongy. If you found the dough is sticky while kneading, put more flour on your hands. Don't add the flour straight to the dough, because that will tend to make the dough become too dry.

Note 1: In Chinese, we call this kind of dough “cooked dough.” The boiling water is enough to cook the flour. This high temperature water makes the dough very sticky and wet.

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