if your new year’s resolutions kinda fizzled, have no fear! Chinese new year is here and it’s a new start!! new chances! new possibilities!
this year is the year of the dog and I’m super excited because I am a dog! yes! I am a dog woof woof! there are 12 animals, and you can find yours depending on your birth year!!
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018 is february 16th but the party actually continues until march 2nd! february 16-26 is the time of the spring festival and february 27-march2nd is the lantern festival.
here are all the delicious components of the dumpling filling. a gorgeous egg cradled in the center, of coursee. because what is more beautiful than a gorgeous egg?
I use pre-made dumpling wrappers from a local Asian mart because I am not that talented. and these are adorable. and I love going to Asian markets!!
noooo these are not tacos!!!! we are making Chinese food not Mexican, remember? 😉
dumplings are eaten during every or any special occasion, but especially during Chinese new year.
“jiao” means exchange and “zi” means midnight. together “jiaozi” means the exchange between the old and the new!!! so let’s welcome the new! I can’t imagine a better way than with delicious dumplings. they are one of my favorite foods, along with fancy ramen and nigiri.
they are so gorgeous! other than the fact that they kinda look like pockets of flesh, but I think that is what makes them beautiful.
something I love about dumplings is that they are a whole meal in a pocket. you don’t really need anything else. they leave you feeling full, warm, and so satisfied.
these magical and gorgeous red envelopes are a Chinese new year tradition. family, friends, and colleagues give these to each other, with money inside of course. it is lucky money, new years money, money to bring in a new beginning! elders give younger generations money to pass on blessings and good fortune. younger generations can also give them to their elders to show gratitude and give a blessing of longevity.the lucky money tradition began with the Han Dynasty. they were originally coins tied together with red string in a beautiful fashion. starting the new year with money from loved ones sounds like a great tradition to me!
- 2 cups napa cabbage finely chopped
- 2/3 lb pork ground
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- 1 egg
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2.5 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic minced
- dab of chili oil
- combine all ingredients (except for the dip) well in a large bowl. use your hands 🙂 do not overwork it though, or the filling will be tough!
- lay a dumpling wrapper in the palm of your hand. scoop a scant tablespoon of the filling in the center of the wrapper. dip your finger in the water and use it to wet the edges of the wrapper.
- fold the dumpling in half to form a half-moon shape
- fold a tiny pleats (I had to watch a youtube video for this) & seal the dumpling closed
- repeat until all the filling is used
- bring a large pot of water to a boil
- add the dumplings and simmer until they float to the surface then add about a cup of cold water. when the water returns to a boil, add another cup of cold water. when the dumplings float to the surface this third time they are ready!!!
- don't forget the dipping sauce!
- to pan fry (sooo yummy) cook in a pan with 2 tbsp vegetable oil on medium high heat until crispy! (both sides crispy pls)