There are a variety of meaty fillings that can be stuffed into

There are a variety of meaty fillings that can be stuffed into

dumplings, the most common being pork along with a choice of vegetables. For the vegetarians am

ong us, it’s common to add egg or tofu to an array of tasty, crunchy fillings such as carrot, chives or cabbage.

“We usually put a coin in one of the dumplings, legend has it whoever gets that will bec

ome lucky and wealthy in the coming year,” explains Wu as she expertly wraps a coin into one o

f the fat little dumplings. Although making dumplings may look easy, there’s a def

inite trick to it, as Wu notes, “You need to pinch the side of the dumpling to wrap up the fillings to make it chewy, and th

en you squeeze it into a shape of an ancient Chinese coin to convey a feeling of jubilance.”

As Wu shows me, traditionally, dumplings are made to look like gold in

gots, which were used as currency in ancient China. Dumplings are therefore me

ant to signify wealth, and it’s said that the more you eat over the Spring Festival, the richer you will become in the coming year.

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