Natalie Richard: In Good Taste


Delicious Chinese New Year’s Dumplings

Did you know that dumplings symbolize wealth in China?

Gong hei fat choy! Happy Chinese New Year, because the main highlight is food. Each item has special symbolismfor example, mandarins symbolize abundant happiness, deep-fried sesame balls mean good luck for the whole family, and dumplings are number one, because they symbolize wealth. Why? Because they look like ancient Chinese money.

We wish you a very happy and wealthy 2020, Year of the Rat! 


  • ½ pound of ground pork
  • ½ pound of small shrimp, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ cup of water chestnuts, minced
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • Ginger root, about 2 cm grated
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh coriander leaves, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 40 dumpling wrappers (you can find them in the frozen section of any grocery store)

1. Mix all of the ingredients (except the dumpling wrappers) into a paste.

2. Moisten the sides of a wonton wrapper with water and put a teaspoon of filling in the centre.

3. Wrap by bringing the corners together in the centrelike a little parcel.

4. Steam the dumplings in a bamboo steamer lined with a lettuce leaves (to avoid sticking), for about 12 minutes.

(Makes 40 dumplings)

Serve with sesame soy sauce.

Sesame Soy Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons of tamari (or soy sauce), mixed with 1 teaspoon of grilled sesame oil. You can add some grated ginger, if you like, and top with sesame seeds, if you have any.