Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day!!

Before you know it, the Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day will be here- on the same day this year!! How rare is that? I don't recall one as long as I can remember!
Anyhow I thought maybe I will show a few variations of Chinese dumpling (sorry no Valentine's food from me). Startng with 3 cups of all-purpose flour, add 1/2 cup of hot water (this is very rough measurement, I don't measure any more)...put it in the mixer and there you have it-DOUGH!
then you roll them, knead them and now cut them into pieces
Does that look like fun or what? Now fill them up with ground pork, green onions, Chinese cabbage

Seal the edges (with love!) and you have one dumpling and many...
You can fry them, boil them, or like I did here, steam them.
So what do you think?
If all of the above is too much work for you, here's the alternative. Buy the read-made wrapping...it's easy! Just wrap them up and they are just as good--well, not quite, but almost.
These came in frozen packs! All you need to do is fry them in a bit of oil, water...there you have it!
I tend to do this -A LOT! It's the Chinese fast food in my house!
Do you like what you see? Happy Chinese New Year (and Happy Valentine's Day, too)!

26 comments:

linda said...

Oh yummy! I totally have to make some...I always thought it would be too complicated or I wouldn't have the ingredients but it seems doable! Thanks for sharing and it's sort of fun to have two holidays on the same day...woohoo - party!

cindy said...

yum yum! thanks for the recipe... will be celebrating this weekend with my family. :)

Vicky said...

yummy! I would love to taste all of them!
Happy Chinese New Year!

Courtney Baker said...

That sounds so good!

Kryssi said...

ooh, i love the bow bows! post more chinese recipes, pls!!!

Tiffany said...

Perfectly delicious and Happy New Year and Valentine's to you too Virginia!! Isn't that a strange date to have it on? Hehe! I'll be flying over to eat some of those dumpling shortly! ;))

donna mikasa said...

Oh, yum! My daughter's boyfriend grew up in Hong Kong and we are blessed to receive homemade dumplings from them and yesterday, we got a narcissus plant! Gung Hay Fat Choy! Thanks for sharing....

Alice Wertz said...

ok, i'll order three dozen of those handmade dumplings, please!! =) wow! I think the last time I handmade some dumplings was a few yeas ago. but i don't remember when was the last time that I saw anyone handmade the dumpling skins, I mean except for the ones on tv... ahhhhhhh... you just made me drooooooool, Virginia. i love this post! thanks for showing the traditions! =)

AnitaRex said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family! I really enjoyed seeing how you make the dumplings! I have always wondered! Lots of work but worth it!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Yum!! I'll be over for dinner soon Virginia! :) Love the pics. I always learn something from your food blog posts. Happy eating!

Kathy said...

Oh my Virginia sista.......these look soooooo yum yummy!!!!! What can you use besides pork?? Do veggies work??? I would love to try these you have inspired me babycakes! Miss uxo,Katy

Dwita said...

Oh my... so yummy... I love them all... Never make them. But got them from the frozen ones.. Thanks for sharing your fooc, Virginia. Happy all the way to Chinese New Year...

Stamping Cafe said...

Woo... I love dumplings, Virginia! Yours look super yummy! Happy Chinese New Year to you too!!

ivy said...

send some over here!

gung hay fat choy to you & your family!

Sue McRae said...

The dumplings look yummy Virginia! Do you think they travel well in the mail?

Kelly Booth said...

YUM!!!!! I want to Try these....your making me hungry!!!!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Thank You it looks a lot easier than I thought!
I'll try them for sure

TuKara said...

Mniammmmmmmmmmmmmmmm;;;;;Bon apetite!!!

Lin said...

They look yummy! I'll be right over :)

Karen from MI said...

Hi Virginia!! Great photo tutorial and I can see your passion for these little dumplings. If Ron would read your blog, he'd be on your porch as fast as he could! I KNOW he'd love them. Do you think I EVER will like oriental food??????? YOU make it look so GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. Bon apetite, Virginia!! Love, Karen xo

Suzanne C said...

Yummy! It does look good. You are always sharing such delicious looking food. Now I am hungry. :)

Monika Reeck said...

We have also Chinese New Year celebrate in Indonesia and this food name in Indonesia = DIM SUM..I love to eat this Virginia yummmm...may I have one portion hehehe...Love to see your Photo and I am getting hungry...hugs

katherineee said...

WOW! they are so Yummy!! I should try to make it!! Thanks for sharing!!! ^^ Happy new year to you!!

Anonymous said...

Great food photo's I too love Chinese dumplings, and also love them steamed! Looking at this food is making me hungry! There is a restaurant in Albuquerque,that has Dim Sum. I love it, they bring out freshly cooked food on carts, and you select what you want! Of course I want it all!

NinaB said...

Wow, I haven't had these in soooo long. I can't wait till this summer when we go back to LA. Unfortunately, there aren't very many good Chinese restaurants in Croatia.

Nat said...

I will try and make your dumplings, they look yummy :)