Sunday, February 8, 2009

CNY #2: How to make Wan Tan? (Dumplings)

Like i have describe earlier in my previous post, mum is quite traditional and superstitious on what we should (or rather, MUST) eat on Chinese New Year.. ^^

On the first day of Chinese New Year, on EVERY YEAR, we will have a vegetarian dish also known as 'jai' for breakfast. The various ingredients are usually root vegetables or fibrous vegetables. And of course, there is the superstitious aspect to them:

*Noodles (Mee Shua) - for longevity

*Ginkgo nut - represents silver ingots

* Black moss seaweed - is a homonym for exceeding in wealth

* Dried bean curd is another homonym for fulfillment of wealth and happiness

* Bamboo shoots - is a term which sounds like "wishing that everything would be well"

* Fresh bean curd or tofu is not included as it is white and unlucky for New Year as the color signifies death and misfortune.

The thing is, mum only cooks this once a year.
Maybe that's why i liked it so much and looked forward to it every year ^^
~Super delicious~

For dinner, we made some Wan Tan.
I thought it'll be nice to share with you how to make Wan Tan.
It's very easy...

You Need:
1. Wan Tan skin (which you can easily purchase at the market)

2. Fillings of the Wan Tan
-Sheaded Sengkuang, Carrot and minced meat,
with salt to taste

Apply generous amount fillings in the Wan Tan skin

Wrap it into a cute dumpling, like this ^^

If you are lazy or terrible with wrapping, or tried several times but failed,
you can always try folding them into triangular shapes like this.
Just apply the fillings and fold the wantan skin diagonally into halves pockets.

Or if you are even lazier, you can just shape it with a spoon into meatballs!

Then deep fry them.

And there you go!!
Delicious Wan Tans dumplings and meatballs!!!

We had dumplings with fried rice (which was leftovers from yesterday)
According to Chinese Culture, there MUST BE leftovers from last year...
to symbolize abundance... ^^

Ling added a carved tomato as she thought the rice looked too plain..

(Did i ever told you the story of Mum's Chicken rice/ Fried Rice?? No? how can i not?
Well, there was once, my aunt and uncles were at my house for lunch.
And they had chicken rice, which they claimed was one of the best that they had.
I suppose they must have been very generous with compliments.
But what me aunt did next, was unexpectable.
She asked Mum what rice she used, and Mum said the cheapest rice she saw on promotion at the supermarket. My aunt in disbelieved went to the storeroom to check on the rice, only to find that it was the same in her house!!
Haha! So cute, right?)

Brocolli with lots of mushroom, scallop and abalone~

Isn't that nice?

and we had more chicken for prosperity..

~What a nice dinner~

Place: shinyin's home sweet home
Food : Mum's cooking
Location : Seremban
Food Taste: 100%
Service : Self service
Ambience : The love of home ^^ (hehe)

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