3…2…1…Happy Chinese New Year!! This is the year of the rabbit and it’s said to be a placid year, which is welcomed and much needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. So what could be more relaxing than cooking? Though it actually fell on February 3rd and I’m a little behind, I thought it would be fun to make a Chinese inspired meal in honor of the holiday. It was a very easy decision to make dumplings because they are absolutely delicious and my favorite!
After deciding on dumplings I looked into Chinese traditions and found some interesting facts. Dumplings are normally served on the New Year which clearly worked out great and they symbolize togetherness and blessings from heaven! One other fact I found that was funny was that you should greet others by saying “Gung Hey Fat Choy”! Don’t worry you won’t offend anyone it means “Wishing you prosperity and wealth”!
I was really excited to try to make these, and believe it or not it actually wasn’t that hard to do. The most important thing is to make sure there is no air in the dumpling after you seal them. Otherwise it will open the dumpling and make them water logged (This was my issue with my first batch but they still tasted good). Don’t be discouraged by your first try my second ones were much “prettier” and were so tasty! Enjoy and 好运 [hǎo yùn] (Good Luck)!
For dipping sauce
Do equal parts
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- White vinegar
4 tbs sesame oil
4 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs white vinegar
1lb. ground pork
1-1/2 cups scallions, finely chopped
1 tsp flour, mix with water till it forms a paste
½ tsp salt
½ tsp grated ginger (powder ginger is fine too just put a little more)
½ tsp black pepper
1 package wonton wrappers (found in deli section of Meijer)
For dipping sauce combine sesame oil, soy sauce, and white vinegar and wisk together
- Combine pork, sesame oil, soy sauce, white vinegar, scallions, flour, salt, pepper, ginger in a medium bowl and stir with rubber spatula till combined.
3. Place parchment paper, or tin foil on a baking sheet to set the dumplings before and after boiling.
6. Let set for 2 minuets then serve with dipping sauce.
Makes about 40 serves 4