It is a very special year as my youngest son was also born in the Year of the Dragon. Tonight we will be celebrating “easy-style” with Chinese takeout but I did take a little bit of time to make it even more special by putting together this table for the family to enjoy.
“Each year the Lunar New Year in China is the official celebration of the coming of spring, and while customs vary from region to region, you can be sure that family and food are always a factor. If you are looking to celebrate at home with some loved ones, why not try your hand at these delicious appetizers? Whether you call them dumplings, gyoza, or potstickers, this recipe is a sure to please a crowd!
- 1 package of 44 round dumpling wrappers
- 1 lb ground pork (uncooked)
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 5 minced green onions
- 1/4 head of napa cabbage – chopped fine
- 1-1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 shredded carrot
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
- 1/2 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Mix all ingredients except for the wrappers together in a large bowl.
Fill wrappers generously and close by wetting your fingers with water and crimping ends.
Heat frying pan. Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, then over medium heat fry until one side is brown. Add 1/2 cup of water and steam 3-4 minutes until done.
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
Combine all ingredients and serve with warm dumplings.
Add some fried rice and BBQ pork and you have a meal. Enjoy!”