Chinese New Year: Chinese Dumplings

January 21, 2012 5:51:36 AM PST
The Chinese New Year starts Monday. It will be the year of the dragon, and there are a lot of traditional celebrations going on around Chicago to mark the occasion.

Zhongjun "Z.J." Tong from the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute (link: stopped by the ABC7 studio to explain some of the traditions, including dumplings. In fact, the cultural center is offering a dumpling-making class (link: on January 21 and 22.

Chinese Dumplings

Ingredients: 1.5 lbs. Ground Pork
1/4 lb. Shrimp
1/4 cup Chopped Green Onions
1 tblsp Minced Ginger
3/4 tblsp Sesame Paste
1 tblsp Soy Sauce
1 tblsp Sugar
1/4 cup Cooking Wine
1/4 tblsp White Pepper Powder
1/4 tblsp Chicken Powder
1 tblsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1/4 tsp Salt
1 (16 oz.) package Round Dumpling Skins

Directions: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, and mix together well.
Place 1 teaspoonful of this filling onto each dumpling skin.
Slightly wet the edge of the dumpling skin, fold over, and pinch with your fingers to form a seal all the way around.
Cook a pot of water until boiling.
Put in the dumplings, stir frequently.
Cover the pot with lid.
Let the water come to boiling again twice.
Pour a cup of cold water every time when it's boiling.
Take the lid off after adding cold water for the second time, and cook on low for another 3-4 minutes.
Drain and serve in dumpling sauce.