Chinese Shrimp Dumplings -Happy Year of the Ox

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Today is the first day of the Chinese new year!

Were you born in any of these years? 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009? These are all the year of the ox in the Chinese Zodiac. Depending on which of these years you were born, there is an element that goes with it. Babies born this year are Metal (white) Ox. Oxen are known for their determination and dependability. They are strong and diligent.

And today is the first day of Chinese New Year!

There are seven lucky foods that are eaten during the Celebration and what they mean:
Fish – prosperity
Chinese Dumplings – Wealth
Spring Rolls – Wealth
Glutinous Rice Cakes – Increase in income or position
Sweet Rice Balls – Family
Longevity Noodles – Happiness and long life
Good Fortune Fruit – Fullness and wealth

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Here are some delicious Shrimp Dumplings that can be eaten all year long!

Here’s How to Do it:

The first thing to do is to get the filling ready.

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Bring out the wrappers so they come to room temperature, then heat the sesame oil in a heavy skillet on medium-low. Stir in the aromatics – ginger and garlic, and gently sauté for just a quick minute, primarily to flavor the oil.

Add the shrimp and shiitake, gently sautéing until the shrimp is just starting to turn color, then stir in the ponzu and 1/2 of scallion, gently stir and remove from the heat.

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Wash out the pan and set on stove with about 1 to 1-1/2″ of water in it.

Lay out 12 wonton wrappers.

Wet the outer edges of all of them.

Place about 1 Tablespoon of filling into each wrapper.

Pull up the sides and press where the edges are damp –

then pull them up and pinch.

Place each dumpling in the top layer of a dumpling steamer.

Continue until all dumplings are made. Turn the heat on under the water in the skillet.

As it begins to boil, place the steamer into the water and allow the dumplings to steam for about 10 minutes.

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Remove the from the heat and allow to cool.  Remove gently with bamboo tongs.

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Serve in broth as a soup or, as I did, with a dipping sauce. I used a bottled General Tsao sauce. We like spicy!!

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Wishing health, wealth and happiness.

© Copyright 2021 The Lazy Gastronome

Chinese Shrimp Dumplings

Delicious and versatile dish. Put it in soup or serve it as a side - A perfect addition to your Chinese New Year Menu.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: dumplings, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, shiitake, shrimp, wonton
Servings: 12 dumplings
Author: HelenFern
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves minced or pressed garlic
  • 1 cup chopped shrimp meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped shiitaki mushrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon ponzu
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped green onion (scallion)
Instructions
  1. The first thing to do is to get the filling ready. Bring out the wrappers so they come to room temperature, then heat the sesame oil in a heavy skillet on medium-low. Add the aromatics - ginger and garlic, and gently sauté for just a quick minute, primarily to flavor the oil.

  2. Add the shrimp and shiitake, gently sautéing until the shrimp is just starting to turn color.

  3. Add the ponzu and 1/2 of the scallion, gently stir and remove from the heat.

  4. Wash out the pan and set on stove with about 1 to 1-1/2" of water in it.

  5. Lay out 12 wonton wrappers. Wet the outer edges of all of them.

  6. Place about 1 Tablespoon of filling into each wrapper. Pull up the sides and press where the edges are damp - then pull them up and pinch. Place each dumpling in the top layer of a dumpling steamer.

  7. Continue until all dumplings are made. Turn the heat on under the water in the skillet.

  8. As it begins to boil, place the steamer into the water and allow the dumplings to steam for about 10 minutes.

  9. Remove the from the heat and allow to cool.

  10. Serve in broth as a soup or, as I did, with a dipping sauce. I used a bottled General Tsao sauce. We like spicy!!

  11. Garnish with the remaining scallion.

Recipe Notes

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