It is a regular occurrence to see steamed dumplings for Chinese New Year festivities, not only because they are a delicious treat, but they have a certain symbolism about them as well. Steamed dumplings are made in the shape of a Chinese “tael” which was a gold or silver bar. So these tasty morsels represent wealth to many people.
As well, they are simple to make. First you will need ingredients:
You’ll want to buy: 8 oz. shelled shrimps, 2 scallions, finely chopped, 2 tbsp chopped bean sprouts, 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp rice wine, and ¼ tsp sugar. That’s all you need for the filling. You might want to buy wonton wrappers to fill or you can make your dumpling dough which is just two cups of flour and a half cup of hot water. If you don’t know how to make dough just do a simple search online.
For the filling, mince the shrimp and then combine it with the scallions, bean sprouts, soy sauce, wine and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Roll your dough out into a sausage shape and cut into 1 inch by 1 inch chunks. Then flatten each piece until they are about 3 inches in diameter.
Fill each shape with about a teaspoon of filling and crimp them up like you see them in restaurants. I’m sure you could find a photo of some online if you don’t remember. Then simply steam them for about 10 minutes and serve with a tasty soy/vinegar sauce. Happy Chinese New Year!