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Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is a festive time in the Chinese calendar where families gather together and celebrate the past year, while eating traditional foods in hopes of bringing good luck, prosperity, and wealth into the new year. Celebrate this holiday with lucky foods like long noodles, mandarin oranges, dumplings, and more.

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By Margannl

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (32 Votes)
Chinese Pork & Shrimp Dumplings (Jiao Zi) 1 Picture
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Servings 12
Preparation time 40
Cooking time 60

  • DOUGH:
  • 6.75-ounces unbleached all-purpose flour; more for kneading, about 1 1/2 cups
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups napa cabbage, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 12-ounces ground pork, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 8 ounces shrimp peeled, deveined, coarsely chopped, about 1 cup
  • 3 medium scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted Asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • COOK THE DUMPLINGS:
  • Vegetable oil, as needed (for pan-fried dumplings)
  • Kosher salt, as needed (for boiled dumplings)
  • 1 recipe Ginger Vinegar or Scallion-Soy Dipping Sauce

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  • RIBS:
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  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground chili, such as ancho
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
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  • GLAZE:
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  • 1/2 cup Sriracha
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce or sambal oelek, divided
  • NOODLES:
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced mixed mushrooms, such as portobello, shiitake, and oyster
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  • 2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 5 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
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  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
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  • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder, sliced 1 inch thick
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  • 2 scallions, halved crosswise
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  • 1 quart water
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  • 1 large pinch saffron threads, crumbled
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  • 1/2 cup chives, finely chopped
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  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
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  • 1 tablespoon sugar
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  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, freshly ground
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  • nonstick cooking spray
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  • GREEN PAPAYA SALAD:
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  • 1 (1/2-ounce) Chinese sausage link
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, divided
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  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
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  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
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  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, shredded or finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
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