Celebrating Chinese New Year

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Maia has been asking to celebrate the Chinese New Year so we've been reading stories and looking into customs and ideas. She wants to make dumplings! This is not something I've ever tried, so this'll be interesting. Any tips? Simple recipes? I found this one, but don't know if I should trust a recipe on About.com.

Oh, and Chinese New Year falls on Valentine's Day this year! And this is the year of the tiger. According to this site, that means that everything will happen on a big, bold scale this year.

Here's some more info I've found:

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish has a list of children's books to read about celebrating the Chinese New Year.

There are some Chinese New Year crafts here on The Crafty Crow. And some more, here, on Kaboose.

Any other resources? I don't know much about this.

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  1. Gina says

    Mmmmm… Love dumplings! We made some yummy potstickers (saute’ dumplings then add a splash of water and steam) and steamed dumplings recently. Used the latest Family Fun magazine as a guide and then changed things a bit. I bought dumpling wrappers from our Asian procude market. Used some ground pork, water chestnuts, baby bok choy, egg, & seasonings inside. The sauce is essential! Soy sauce, rice (or other) vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, and a dash of chili sauce if you wish. This was my first time making the steamed ones and I really liked them. Used my rice cooker/veggie steamer and steamed for 8 minutes to cook the meat.
    I had lots of leftover filling even after making 50 dumplings, so I stir-fried it, added bean threads (clear noodles that you soak in water to soften up), and made spring rolls – one of our favorites!
    Have fun! Can’t wait to see what you decide to do.

  2. says

    I don’t know much about this either but enjoy the resources (and the information provided by Gina!). I truly enjoy the thought of this year being Big and BOLD!
    Have fun celebrating!

  3. says

    Jean, thanks for including our reading list! I love seeing the dumpling recipes. We have never tried making our own but this seems like good motivation to give it a try!
    I think the difference is that dumplings are steamed and potstickers are pan fried…but I could be wrong. Either way they are delicious.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Gina says

    A potsticker is a way of cooking a dumpling…I think it’s still a dumpling :) It’s not quite fried (not deep-fried anyway). You put a tiny bit of oil in your pan, fry until golden, then add a bit of water and slap a lid on to steam the rest of the way. It ends up just a little chewy and a little crispy… Deep-fried ones are crispy like an eggroll. Steamed are kind of translucent and chewy.