Indulge and prosper this Chinese New Year with decadent and deliciously fresh seafood dumplings. Shaped like the old Chinese Kingdom gold ingot, these dumplings are said to bring good luck and prosperity to those who enjoy them.
By Josephine Chan
Chinese Lunar New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated by all Chinese around the world. Traditionally, this festival was celebrated to honour and respect our traditions, beliefs and ancestors.
Food is the cornerstone of this celebration. Part of the fun also is deciphering the meaning of dishes served around the table. Each dishes that is put on the table during Chinese New Year is steeped in Chinese tradition and contains deep meaning that brings hope, luck, prosperity and long live in the coming years.
One of the celebratory dishes are dumplings (jiao zhi), due to their shape, which resembles a Chinese Kingdom ingot, said to bring prosperity. The saying that goes with jiao zhi is “gen shui jiao zhi”, or “ring out the old year and ring in the new.” Chinese believe that the more jiao zhi you eat, the more you’ll prosper.
For this Chinese New Year, I wish for world peace, good health and prosperity to all deserving mankind.
Recipe is adapted from Lee Anne Wong’s Dumplings All Day WongPrint
Josephine is a Melbourne-based food blogger with a passion for food and photography. She loves to cook recipes that remind her of her childhood and ignite the classic flavours she has loved from her home in Malaysia. Follow her journey through her blog, Burp! Appetit where she explores and experiment with home-style cooking from Malaysia, Asia and rest of the world.