This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
With the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday, we’ve been focusing on learning some new traditions and what Chinese New Year represents in our homeschool studies. We also incorporated a delicious dinner, this Dumpling and Chicken Fried Rice to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Culture and our family traditions are something we regularly talk about and celebrate and I love exposing my children to new cultures and the traditions and things they celebrate. We are always learning and Chinese New Year is one we look forward to studying and learning about every year. When my son was younger we would focus on simple crafts and little customs that he could understand. Now that he’s getting older, we’ve incorporate more hands on learning like cooking.
Do you want to learn more about Chinese New Year? Here are some things we learned that you can share with your own family:
Chinese New Year delightful Customs and Superstitions
- Refrain from using foul language or bad words on NewYear’s Day or they will follow you throughout the year
- Washing hair is not allowed because you will wash away your good luck for the year
- Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact
- No sweeping on New Year’s Day as you’ll sweep all your good luck out the door
- Stepping into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot
- Distribution of Red Envelopes (signifying Joy and Luck) filled with money to start the year with prosperity
I also learned that on Chinese New Year’s eve, dumplings are a must-eat food. Families wrap them up and eat them as the clock strikes midnight. Dumplings or Potstickers, symbolize longevity and wealth and their shape resembles gold shoe-shaped ingots, an early form of Chinese currency. So naturally they were a must have during our dinner as we talked about what we learned that day.
We picked up some Ling Ling Asian Entrées (in the frozen section of our local grocery store) like Chinese-Style Vegetable Fried Rice and Ling-Ling’s well-known potstickers. They’re made with delectable chicken and vegetables expertly combined in a delicious dumpling wrapper. Each pack even comes with a signature Ling Ling dipping sauce.
We paired them with a simple Chicken Fried Rice that I made with Ling-Ling’s Chinese-Style Vegetable Rice. To make it, I washed and chopped thin sliced chicken breast into bite sized pieces. Once they we’re cooked, I added the rice and oil (according to package directions) to the pain and cooked the rice until done.
While the rice was cooking, I cooked the potstickers and served them with the rice.
It was a simple yet delicious dinner that we’ll be adding to our dinner menu all year long, not just during the holiday.
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