The Chinese New Year on January 28th hustles in the Year of the Rooster.
It looks like the Year of the Rooster will be a kind year for those seeking the wealth of a BETTER YOU.
The Chinese horoscope predicts a powerful year, where impressions count and looking your best while being clear about your intentions is important for finding your fortune. It’s the hard workers that win this year, including those working to improve themselves.
Get your year started off right eating lucky foods. The Chinese believe eating fish, dumplings, spring rolls, tangyuan (sweet rice balls), good fortune fruit, naingao (glutinous rice cake) and longevity noodles on New Year’s Eve and over the 16-day festival brings wealth, good health prosperity throughout the year.
I don’t see any reason to tempt fate in my attempts to find the BETTER ME in 2017. I’ve already celebrated the calendar New Year with black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread. I’m following up with delicious pork pot stickers filled with ground pork, cabbage, carrots, lots of fresh ginger and just a hint of spicy heat and fresh herbs for the Chinese New Year.
This recipe makes four dozen tasty little pork pot stickers. I highly recommend you make extra and freeze them. Because they are so delicious and while time-consuming, easy to make.
I prefer to use dumpling wrappers but can’t always find them unless I go to the Asian markets. Wonton wrappers work just as well, so don’t fret if you can’t find the round dumpling wrappers for your pork pot stickers. Or you can just make your own wrappers.
The choice of dipping sauce is yours.
Personally, I love mixing a little fresh ginger, garlic and chili paste into soy sauce for a delicious easy to making my dipping sauce.
And if you want an easy short cut, use a bag of cole slaw mix for the shredded cabbage and carrots. In my opinion, the more veggies the better in pot stickers. It makes them healthier and so tasty.
I also precook my filling because it speeds up the cooking process later on. But it’s okay to use raw filling if you choose.
So enjoy homemade pork pot stickers at home in 2017, while you work towards finding the BETTER YOU. Trust me, you’ll love them. Hubby loved them so much, that the three dozen I froze didn’t last very long.
Happy Chinese New Year and good luck to you all in the Year of the Rooster.
This post was originally published September 25, 2013, and have been completely rewritten, photographed and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.