Happiness and Prosperity!
The Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival for our brothers and sisters of the Sino-Mauritian community. It has more than 4,000-year of beautiful history linked to it.All around the Island, our dearest Chinese friends are already in the festive mood to welcome the New Year. From hanging red lanterns, pasting couplets, family reunion dinners, passing red envelopes, dragon dances, paying New Year calls to praying for a better new year,and many many more are already in the preparation to kick start this joyful year.
2016 (on the Chinese calendar) is a year of the Fire Monkey, starting from February 8 (Chinese New Year), and ending on January 27, 2017 (Chinese New Year’s Eve). The year of Monkey is ideal to shake things up, create change, and innovate a new path. Chinese New Year has long been celebrated in Mauritius and we all look forward to it to be honest on that very particular day. Mauritius is a rich multi-cultural island where unity prevails may it be during hard times or even joyous times. Everybody here celebrates the Chinese New Year in their own very way.Some gather around the table with great Chinese food and some simply go to the beach and enjoy a good quality time. And not to forget the amazing dance of the dragons! Oh mine,that’s the best bit for me and always bring back childhood memories. I mean man, we are talking about DRRRR -AAAAAA -GONS! Who doesn’t love them?! I still remember how my father used to lift me up and put me to sit on his shoulder because I was too small at that time and would easily get lost in the crowd. I would admire ardently with wonder on how magnificent the dance of dragon truly is.Also I remember perfectly what a great moment of luck it will be, to be touched by the dragon’s himself. No time can equal to those moments lived back then.
Still there is no perfect ending to such a mind blowing festival without a big feast on the table. They say laughter is the brightest the place where food is! Food makes everything more magical and Oh God if only you could see the love being shared at that precise moment! You would fall in love with love yourself!!Or maybe with the food actually? Because to me love at first sight has always been with food. So to celebrate Chinese New Year on the blog today, we are going to make some amazing crispy and delicious Chicken Wontons ( Wantans ).God I love these so much and can have all for myself really! Very easy to make and also widely eaten during this festival. You can have them as dumplings in soups or even as pot stickers with a nice dipping sauce.
Preparation time : 35 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
Ingredients for the Wontons :
- 30 Wonton wrappers/sheets
- 400g of minced chicken meat
- 25g of dry shrimps
- 1 egg
- vegetable oil
Ingredients for the Fillings :
- Minced chicken meat
- dry shrimps (grinded)
- dry parsley
- dry red chilli flakes
- ginger/garlic paste
- scallions (optional)
Ingredients for the Dipping sauce :
- 1 tsp of lime juice
- 1 tsp of soy sauce
- 1 tsp of mushroom sauce
- 1 birds eye red chilli
- sesame seeds
- In a bowl, start by combining all the above mentioned ingredients for the fillings.
Note: You can flavour the chicken mix according to your own liking by adding any other preferred ingredients.
- Leave to chill for 30 mins in the fridge for the flavours to marry with each other well.
- Next find a flat surface where you can start making the wontons.
– Crack and beat the egg in a bowl to be used to seal the wontons.
– Place the wrapper/sheet on a flat surface or on your palm and add 1 tsp of the filling in the middle.
– Use your finger tips and lightly coat all the four sides of the wrapper with egg.
– Now fold and seal every thing tightly as if you are making a small sack.
- Heat the pan with some vegetable oil for deep frying.
- When the oil is medium hot,drop the wontons one at a time and stir until golden brown.
- Remove and strain on a paper towel.
Now unleash the pig in you! Haha. I meant now get your dipping sauce and some plates and let’s start digging in. Yummy! I,on my own, ate almost more than 10 wontons to be honest.Even if it says Serves 5, I think if you have a bunch of greedy foodie at yours (like Meeee) then you probably might need to make more than stated above. However trust me, it’s all worth it.
Mmmm the crunch and crispiness when you bite in, the flavours of the dry shrimps and chicken mix hitting you through and the all acting like an explosion of aromas along with the dipping sauce. If you don’t go crazy for them, then honestly I think there must have been a problem out there. These babies can easily turn you into a wontons addict! Seriously, wontons is the ultimate love out there and also make such a crowd pleaser!
Chinese New Year is a global festival and more and more people even not of the Chinese origin are celebrating and sharing the happiness. The famous ”Gato La Cire” – Nian Gao or the flavoursome ”Sipek” – Prawn crackers that we all eagerly awaits on that day . I am sure you all have little soulful moments like these that you hold close to when it comes to Chinese New Year. How about sharing it with me on here? And also how about telling me how it is at yours when it’s Spring Festival. How do you feel and also what are the fondest memories that it brings to you.
To all those celebrating – Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year!