How to make traditional Chinese dumplings BY: HANNAH SALPETER

Dumplings hold significant meaning in Asian cultures, as they resemble hope and comfort. This auspicious symbol is especially meaningful during the Chinese New Year celebration, as they bring fortune and prosperity in the coming year. This recipe was among the first that my Taiwanese mother taught me. It is very straightforward to prepare, (that coming from someone who can not cook to save her life), and only takes 40 minutes. These simplistic pork dumplings are a fun, meaningful and delicious way to celebrate good luck with your family.

First, gather all the ingredients. For this recipe you will need cabbage, Shiitake mushrooms, rice paper, ground pork, salt and pepper.
Soak the mushrooms in water for a few minutes to soften them up. Then chop up the mushrooms and cabbage into small bits.
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix. Sometimes using your hands can be easier. Now, get your rice paper with a small bowl or cup of water.
Take a piece of rice paper and scoop a spoon full of the mix into the center. Then dip your finger in the water and spread it around the edge of the paper.
Fold the dumpling in half and pinch the edges of the rice paper together. The water is what helps the rice paper stick.
Repeat until you've used all the mix.
Boil a pot of water and place the dumplings in it.
Boil the dumplings for around eight minutes, or when all the dumplings have floated to the surface. Then scoop them out with a strainer.
After waiting a few minutes for the dumplings to cool, they are ready to be served either at your next Chinese New Year meal or whenever you want to enjoy this savory symbol of luck.