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    How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

    Festivalsuperman Published the article • 0 comments • 48 views • 2019-01-24 11:54 • 来自相关话题

    Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year or the Chinese Spring Festival, holds the most significant position among all Chinese ...View All
    Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year or the Chinese Spring Festival, holds the most significant position among all Chinese festivals and holidays. It lasts for the first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar calendar, which on the Western calendar begins sometime between January 21 and February 21, varying from year to year. The celebration includes decorations, parades, folk traditions, and a wonderful feast. If you want to participate in the celebrations, there are many things you can do to join the festivities.

    1. Preparing for the Holiday

    1) Clean your home. 
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    This tradition is founded in the belief that cleaning the house at this time of year will "sweep away the bad luck" that has accumulated inside over the past year. Cleaning also makes the house ready for the good luck to start entering again.
    Keeping fresh and hygienic is also an important part of celebrating; even a new haircut will do.
    Don't clean your home after the New Year has started. To do so is to "sweep away" the good luck you've just received. Over the following fifteen days, or at least the first few if you can't wait that long, you are relieved of cleaning duties.

    2) Put up red decorations. 
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    Red is the color or symbol of good luck in Chinese culture and is often used for new year decorations. The number "8" also symbolizes good luck and wealth, since the Chinese character for eight rhymes with fortune or wealth.
    Paste paper cutouts onto the window. These elaborate cutouts usually depict scenes from rural life or Chinese mythology, and are traditionally put up on south and north facing windows.
    Display Chinese New Year paintings and artwork. Traditionally, these contain images of health and bounty, including animals and fruit. You could include a "door god" image on your door, traditionally to fight off evil spirits and bless your house.
    Hang up couplets as decoration. You can write spring-themed couplets yourself or buy Chinese calligraphy printed on red paper.
    Decorate with paper lanterns. These are made of red paper and are one of the most common decorations during Chinese New Year.
    Paint your door, doorframe, or window panes red for a real change of pace!

    3) New Year's Eve family dinner. 
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    In the north of China, people are prepare dumplines for family dinner. But in the south of China, people are like to prepare something different, like Fish. Because in Chinese word, the pronunciation of "FISH" is silimar to the pronunciation of"ENOUGH". People are wondering to have enough food in the new year in the past. It's a goodluck wish.

    4) Watch a celebration show on television or online. 
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    Each year, the national China Central Television broadcaster (CCTV) will prepare a 4 hours celebration show for the new year, which attracts hundreds of millions of viewers. People watches the show during their family dinner.

    2 Celebrating Chinese New Year

    1) Dress for the occasion. 
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    If you have traditional Chinese clothing, this is the perfect time to wear it. Outfits can be purchased in Chinatown, including beautiful silk clothing. Associated with joy, happiness, good luck, wealth and good fortune, red clothes will ensure that you're fully participating in the spirit of the celebrations. Gold is another suitable color; try combining the two colors for a festive look.
    Avoid wearing too much black during the celebration period. Black symbolizes bad luck and even death. This is a time of good fortune and life!

    2) Set off firecrackers. 
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    Set off fireworks at midnight when the New Year begins. The firecrackers used in China and Hong Kong are loud, banging fireworks that are mostly lit on the ground. The loud noises are thought to scare the bad spirits away, to prevent them from bringing bad luck.
    Many people continue to set off fireworks for the entire fifteen days, or at least the first four to eight days before they have to return to work. Expect a lot of noise and excitement if you're living in a Chinese community!
    Personal fireworks are banned in some countries and regions, but you may be able to watch an official fireworks display.

    3) Give gifts of money in red envelopes. 
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    Adults give lucky envelopes of money to children during this holiday. Sometimes they are given to employees or friends as well.

    4) Celebrate the Lantern Festival. 
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    On the final, fifteenth day of Chinese New Year, revelers celebrate among a multitude of decorative paper lanterns. Some cities create huge art pieces from lanterns.
    Many people write riddles onto the lantern for children to solve.
    Now is the time to eat traditional sweet dumplings filled with all kinds of ingredients. These are called tangyuan.
     
     

    How to Make Chinese Dumplings

    Foodadmin Published the article • 0 comments • 45 views • 2019-01-24 09:16 • 来自相关话题

    1.    Ingredients 1)    For the Wrappers •    4 cups all-purpose flour •    2 cups water •    1/3 teaspoon ...View All
    1.    Ingredients
    1)    For the Wrappers
    •    4 cups all-purpose flour
    •    2 cups water
    •    1/3 teaspoon salt
     
    2)    For the Filling
    •    1.5 cups ground pork
    •    1/2 cup chopped shrimp
    •    2 cups Napa cabbage
    •    1 teaspoon ginger
    •    1 tablespoon green onion
    •    1.5 teaspoon salt
    •    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    •    2 tablespoons cooking wine
    •    1/3 teaspoon white pepper
    •    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    •    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
     
    2.    Making the Wrappers

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    1)    Mix the flour, salt, and water in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together until you make a nice, smooth dough. Use a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together until they are fully incorporated. This recipe should make about 20 wrappers.

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    2)    Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. This can help the ingredients settle together. As you wait for the dough to rest, you can cover the bowl with cling wrap. You can start to make the filling for the dumplings while you wait.


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    3)    Place the dough on a flat surface. A cutting board will work here. Then, cut the dough into about 20 or more equal pieces for the dumplings.

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    4)    Make each circular wrapper. Simply use your hand to pick up each piece of dough and pound it into the board to make a small circular disc. Then, use a rolling pin to smooth out each disc until it's about 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. They don't have to all be exactly the same size, but it can help to get them as close to the same size as possible.
    You can add some flour to the rolling pin to keep the wrappers from sticking.

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    5)    Store or use the wrappers immediately. You should either fill the wrappers immediately, or you can store them in the fridge to keep them fresh while you make the filling. You can store them for a few days in the fridge, or you can even freeze them to store them long-term. Just make sure to coat them with flour so they don't stick to each other.

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    6)    Buy wrappers if you don't want to make your own. If you don't have the time or energy to make your own wrappers, then you should know that two types of wrappers are readily available in supermarkets and Asian food stores. Wonton wrappers (also called skins) are delicate and paper-thin, usually about a thirty-second of an inch thick. They typically come in three-inch squares and are made from flour, eggs, and salt.
    These wrappers, which are Chinese in origin, are suitable for boiling, steaming, deep-frying, and pan-frying.
    3 Making the Filling

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    1) Shred the cabbage and put into a stainless pot. If you'd like to be extra thorough, then you can add a dash of salt to the cabbage and let it sit in a bowl for 10 minutes; this will allow the salt to soak up the excess moisture in the dumplings. ?

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    2) Mix the cabbage and minced meat together by hand. Ground meat is meat finely chopped by a meat grinder. The process of mincing is usually done manually. Continue mixing the cabbage and meat together until they are thoroughly blended.
     Pork and lamb are generally preferred for Chinese dumplings, but beef, chicken, and turkey may be used as well. In South Asia, both lamb (mutton) and goat meat are popular.

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    3) Add the remaining filling ingredients to the bowl and mix again. Repeat the process until you've thoroughly mixed in the remaining ingredients. If you'd rather use mixing spoons instead of your hands, that will work too, but you have to be really thorough. 

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    4) Massage the cabbage mixture with your hand for 10 minutes. This will help dry out the mixture a bit. While you massage the mixture, if you feel that there is not enough vegetable oil, then you should add more. 

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    5) Scoop the filling onto each wrapper. Just use a spoon to scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture in the center of every wrapper. You don't have to use the exact same amount in every wrapper; just make sure you have enough to use for all 20 or so of the wrappers. 

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    6) Fold the sides of the wrapper together. You should wet the edge of each wrapper with a damp finger and then fold the sides together, crimping (pressing together) the dough with your fingers to seal the contents inside. To do this, first fold it in half and press together the top of the edge. Then press each side together, while crimping it. Simple mechanical "dumpling presses" are also available to simplify this process. 

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    7) Place the wrapped dumplings on a floured surface. This will keep them from sticking to the surface and will make your dumplings ready to either boil or fry—it's your choice! 

    4 Boiling the Dumplings

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    1) Put the dumplings in boiling water. To make sure that they are thoroughly cooked, one method used in China is the "3 boil" method. To do this, add the dumplings to boiling water, and return the water to a boil. Then, add 1 or 2 cups of water (it can be cold or at room temperature). Wait for it to boil the second time, then add water again. After the water boils the third time, your dumplings should be good to go.
    ? Alternately, you can boil the water, place the dumplings in it, wait for the water to return to a boil, and cook the dumplings for 10 more minutes at a simmer.

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    2) Transfer the dumplings carefully from the pot to a plate. You can use a slotted spoon to take out the dumplings or close the lid over the pot and pour out the water before removing the dumplings.
    ? Though they are done at this point, you can go for a boiling/frying combo if you'd like to transfer them to a skillet with hot oil and fry them for just a minute or two, until they're a bit crispy, for an added touch.

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    3) Serve. Serve these tasty dumplings while they're warm. You can enjoy them with a dipping sauce of your choice. 

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