We woke up to 80 degrees last week and today to temperatures in the 30’s in sunny Florida. Who says we don’t get cold weather? Here in Jacksonville Fl we do!
So I warm us up with food! Soup and dumplings are my Southern husbands favorite.
Dumpling soup requires making dumplings first. Afterwards you place in the soup broth. But I like to also CHEAT and make it easier by cooking the broth and ingredients below and using frozen dumplings for the soup already made and found at the Asian grocery store. Obviously, serving dumplings alone with a cup of green jasmine tea is a perfect meal in itself!
Here is what you will need:
1 package of wonton wrappers
1 bunch of scallions sliced
8 oz. of ground pork (or shrimp)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2tsp. of sugar
1 tsp of soy sauce
*For Dumpling soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)
And cut up a few snow peas or baby bok choy.
The meaning of eating dumplings at Chinese new year means MONEY! They are shaped like a golden piece. Hence that’s why we eat them.
Photo by Buenosia Carol on Pexels.com
Put 8 to 10 cups of chicken broth, a piece of fresh ginger (peeled) 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce, sprinkle of sesame oil, S & P to taste in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Then simmer the broth.
For soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)
Or a few pieces of baby Bok Choy for some healthy greens.
Garnish with sliced scallions on top of soup after you have added the dumplings.
Ready to serve.
For another recipe I also like to Steam Dumplings (and get a quick steam facial from the bamboo steamer when I pull them out). Next, I like to add them to a saute pan with a dash of oil and little water and cook their little bottoms until crispy and a bit brown edged. So delish!
A healthy cup of hot Asian tea ends a meal or snack beautifully. And although I NEVER saw a fortune cookie in Hong Kong I still love those crunchy vanilla delights with the secret message inside.
Happy Chinese New Year...Gong Hei Fat Choy!