Chinese Dumplings

With a history of more than 1,800 years, dumpling (饺子) is a classic lucky food for Lunar New Year, and a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve, widely popular in China, especially in Northern China.

Chinese dumplings can be made to form different shapes and each family has their preferred shape and method. The popular urban legend dictates that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the New Year.

Dumplings generally consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables filling wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Popular fillings include minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, frying or baking.

There Are Many Associated Meanings with Dumplings

Chinese people avoid eating Chinese sauerkraut (swann-tseye) dumplings at Spring Festival, because it implies a poor and difficult future. On New Year’s Eve it is a tradition to eat dumplings with cabbage and radish, implying that one’s skin will become fair and one’s mood will become gentle. But no one really knows where these ideas originated.

Making A LUCKY Dumplings

  • When folding dumplings there should be a good number of pleats. If you make the sealing edge too flat, it is thought to manifest poverty.
  • A class common tradition is putting a white thread inside a dumpling, and the one who finds that dumpling is supposed to possess longevity. These days, people substitute items like thread for big chunks of diced ginger as the lucky surprise.
  • Dumplings should be arranged in lines instead of circles, because circles of dumplings are supposed to mean one’s life will go round in circles, never going anywhere.

Chinese Dumplings Workshop

Date: Saturday 15th January 2022

Time: 11am

Livestream on Youtube and Facebook

Teacher: Candy Lam

It’s completely FREE for everyone to take part.


Ingredients for dumplings:

  1. Bamboo Shoots/ Water
  2. Chestnuts
  3. Chinese Chives
  4. Chinese mushrooms/White mushrooms
  5. Chinese Cabbage
  6. Carrots
  7. Garlic
  8. Ginger
  9. Plain flour
  10. Veg Stock Cube
  11. Salt
  12. Pepper
  13. Oil
  14. Sesame oil
  15. Soy Sauce (light & dark)
  16. Water

Optional ingredients:

  1. Mince pork/ beef/ prawn
  2. Fresh Chilli
  3. Pak Choi
  4. Wood Ear Mushroom (Chinese black fungi)
  5. Chilli oil
  6. Chinese Black vinegar
  7. Chinese Rice Wine

Contact us if you have any questions about this workshop.

Chinese Dumplings

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