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20 Drool-worthy dumpling recipes to ring in Chinese New Year

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

These amazing Chinese dumpling recipes will get your year off to a lucky start

There's more than one delicious way to eat a dumpling. In fact, there are at least 20. Just in time for the Chinese New Year, we've rounded up all our favorite — and most flavorful — dumpling recipes in one place.

Traditionally, jiaozi are served on Chinese New Year just after midnight. Because their shape resembles old silver and gold ingots (a historic form of currency), eating dumplings on New Year's Day is thought to bring good luck, especially where money is concerned. Many families even hide a coin in one of the dumplings, making the person who finds it the luckiest of the upcoming year.

This year, why not liven up your New Year's spread with dumplings from around the globe? From classic Chinese dumplings to Japanese gyoza, Korean mandu to Himalayan momo, on the list below there's a dumpling for everyone — even those of you with a sweet tooth!

1. Classic jiaozi (Chinese dumplings)

These amazing Chinese dumpling recipes will get your year off to a lucky start
Image: Closet Cooking

You can't go wrong with a classic, and these succulent pork dumplings, flavored with garlic, ginger, sesame and soy, are no exception.

2. Xiao long bao (soup dumplings)

These amazing Chinese dumpling recipes will get your year off to a lucky start
Image: China Sichuan Food

Food should be fun, and there's nothing cooler than piercing one of these juicy dumplings with your chopstick and seeing the steaming broth pour into your bowl. If you go in teeth first, watch out — these babies get hot!

3. Shrimp dumplings (har gow)

These amazing Chinese dumpling recipes will get your year off to a lucky start
Image: Rasa Malaysia

With their translucent wrappers, these shrimp dumplings take on a lovely pink hue that perfectly suits the sweet shrimp within.

4. Shrimp and pork shu mai

These amazing Chinese dumpling recipes will get your year off to a lucky start
Image: Kevin Is Cooking

Pork and shrimp are a match made in heaven in these open-topped steamed dumplings, which are served with a spicy, savory sesame-soy sauce.

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