Family Craft: Chinese New Year Dumplings

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Chinese New YearChinese New Year or the Spring Festival begins February 5th and lasts for 10 days. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a craft project that results in dinner! Chinese dumplings are easy to make and are fun for little hands!

For dumplings:
½ lb ground pork, chicken or turkey (for veggie dumplings substitute 2 cups coleslaw mix from the salad section or 1/2 lb chopped shrimp for seafood dumplings)
2 scallions finely sliced
1½ tsp soy sauce
¼ tsp white pepper
½ tsp sesame oil (optional)
1 egg beaten
Package of store-bought square wonton wrappers (usually available next to tofu in most grocery stores)

For dipping sauce:
2 tsp soy sauce
¼ tsp sugar
½ tsp rice wine vinegar (optional)

Method
1. Mix the minced meat with the scallions, soy sauce, white pepper, sesame oil and half of the beaten egg. Reserve the rest of the egg for sealing the dumplings
2. Combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce
3. Arrange several wonton wrappers with corners facing you and place ½ a tablespoon worth of meat mixture in the center of each wrapper. Use a pastry brush or your fingers to brush the edges with the beaten egg. Fold the wrapper in half and form little triangular parcels. Repeat till meat mixture is used up.
4. Steam for 5-6 minutes (do not forget to grease the steamer basket with cooking oil if using a metal steamer). Alternatively, you can cook the dumplings in boiling water which is easier and takes about 3 minutes. If you want more crunch, pan fry the cooked dumplings in a little oil, 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve warm with dipping sauce and watch them disappear

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