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This traditional Chinese food dates back almost 2,000 years.

During the Lunar New Year, dumplings are an essential dish to enjoy during the celebrations.

“The classic fold of a Chinese dumpling is shaped like a silver ingot, a currency in ancient China,” explains Chef Thach Tran of Ace Eat Serve in Denver.

“The belief is the more dumplings you make and eat, the more money and wealth you will make for the New Year.”

According to Chef Henry Lu of Loosie’s Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York, “Dumplings represent the changing or exchange of new time. By consuming the dumpling you are welcoming the new year and new fortunes.”

Typically, families will gather on Lunar New Year’s Eve to make dumplings together. Wheat flour wraps are filled with regional ingredients such as pork, shrimp, chicken, or vegetables.

Sometimes dumplings are folded to look like small purses – another symbol of wealth.

They can be steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried.

If you want to start your own dumpling-making tradition, try these Chicken Mushroom Pot Stickers and Vegetable Tofu Dumplings.

Or you could make these dim sum at home.

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