There are 12 animals used in the Chinese Zodiac, and 2019 is the year of the Pig.


In Chinese culture, pigs are symbols of wealth, and their big ears and chubby faces are signs of good fortune as well.


Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Lunar New Year is a celebration of the beginning of the new year on the traditional calendar. It lasts from the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends during the first full moon, 15 days later.


Adelaide has an amazingly diverse and culturally rich society, and to celebrate this marked occasion the city will be displaying colourful street banners, lanterns and the ever-popular lion dance performances.


Chinatown is one of the best areas to visit during this time of the year.


Things to look out for around town are the familiar Red Lanterns, representing good energy, luck and happiness, and other festival favourites like Asian Dumplings, and Mandarin Oranges.


So, in the spirit of giving and good fortune this Lunar New Year, and with a focus on the year of the Pig, we’re sharing this amazing recipe for Chinese Pork Dumplings so that you too can get into the spirit of the festival, and get a taste for all the amazing things on offer in this city of ours.



Chinese Pork Dumplings


What you’ll need

½ cup soy sauce

1 tbsp. rice vinegar

1 tbsp. finely chopped Chinese chives

1 tbsp. sesame seeds

1 tsp. Sriracha sauce

400g ground pork

3 garlic cloves – crushed

1 egg – beaten


2 tbsp. Chinese chives – chopped

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 ½ tbsp. sesame oil

1 tbsp. fresh ginger – minced

50 dumpling wrappers

1 cup vegetable oil (for frying)

1L water



  1. Combine ½ cup soy sauce, 1 tbsp. chives, rice vinegar, sesame seeds and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.


2. Mix pork, egg, 2 tbsp. chives, sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger in a large bowl until combined.


3. Place dumpling wrapper on lightly floured work surface and spoon about 1 tbsp. of the filling in the middle. Wet edges with a little water and crimp together forming small pleats to seal the dumpling. Repeat until all the mixture is used.


4. Heat 1 to 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place 8-10 dumplings in the pan and cook until browned (about 2 mins per side).


5. Pour in 1 cup water, cover and cook until the dumplings are tender and the pork is cooked through (about 5 mins).


6. Repeat for remaining dumplings, and serve with soy sauce mixture for dipping.




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