The dumpling is a traditional dish in Northern China. Known as jiaozi in Chinese, dumplings can be served anytime of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a light snack. In fact, in Northern China, wheat-based foods such as dumplings, noodles, and bread often replace steamed rice as the main part of the meal.
In Beijing, there are many dumpling restaurants that offer jiaozi. My favorite restaurant is Tianjin Bai Jiao Yuan, a humble but buzzing neighbor