Celebrated all over China and southeast Asia, including Japan, Vietnam, and Korea, Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) is a time to spend with family and wish luck and happiness for the coming year. This year is the year of the Goat/Sheep, which symbolizes creativity, gentleness and compassion. Here, some ideas for your family to share in this symbolic, colorful cultural celebration.
Make Little Purses
Most of the food of Chinese New Year symbolizes wishes for the coming year. Dumplings and potstickers represent purses full of money and wealth. Just sauté green onions, minced ginger and garlic, plus a tablespoon of five-spice powder over medium heat and add ground beef. Cook until browned, and set aside to cool. Fill store-bought wonton wrappers with 1 Tbsp. of the mixture, fold the wonton wrapper in half, and use your finger or a pastry brush to wet the edges of the wontons with a little egg or water, then pinch the edges of the dumplings to seal the filling inside. Place the dumplings in a steamer basket (line it with lettuce or cabbage leaves to prevent sticking), and steam for 12 to 15 minutes, or pan-fry the dumplings in vegetable oil until golden brown. You can also order some from your favorite take-out place or pick up a box from the freezer section of your grocery store.