My parents lived in Taiwan for a few years before I was born. While I never actually got to be in Taiwan myself, my parents made sure I knew what good Chinese food was as I was growing up. I still love Asian food now, and try to make Chinese food once or twice a month at home. Chinese New Year is coming up, so I am sharing a simple way for you to take a taste adventure with an Asian dinner complete with fortune cookie place cards!
- Trace a cut a four inch circle out of scrapbook paper.
- Fold the circle in half and crease only the center of the fold.
- Unfold the circle, placing it so the crease runs from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock. Place a glue dot at 3 o’clock.
- Fold the circle from left to right, and press the paper onto the glue dot, making a taco shape.
- Gently press the crease you made in step 2. Place a glue dot along the folded side of the taco — alongside the crease.
- Gently bring the two ends of the taco together. Pinch it together so that the glue dot holds the two halves together.
- Add a strip of paper with your guest’s name inside the cookie to serve as a place card.
If your family isn’t as familiar with Asian food as mine is, potstickers are a great introduction to the cuisine. Did you know that practically every culture has its own version of a dumpling? Samosas, ravioli, periogi… fill a pouch of dough with something delicious and you can’t go wrong.
Ling Ling® Asian Kitchen is a Taiwanese company that produces homemade quality frozen foods. You can easily make a package of their Chicken & Vegetable Potstickers in less than 10 minutes.
Lots of people pan fry their potstickers, and I do that sometimes too. This time I boiled them according to the “traditional method” on the package, and they turned out very similar to steamed potstickers you get in a good Chinese restaurant. (No, that buffet with the four kinds of chop suey is NOT a good Chinese restaurant.)
You can serve the potstickers like an appetizer or a side or pile a few on top of a bed of stir fry. Make sure you take some of the dipping sauce too; the sauce makes the potsticker.
Celebrate Chinese New Year by setting the table and using the paper fortune cookies as place cards. Serve up some delicious Asian food, like these potstickers, and make the night interesting by giving everyone a set of chopsticks! Potstickers are actually really easy to eat with chopsticks. You can break out the forks if no one is having success, but at least give everyone a shot.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ling Ling® Asian Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.