Last updated on January 21st, 2019 at 11:20 pm
This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Are you looking for an easy way to celebrate Chinese New Year with your family? Find out why Ling Ling Potstickers are the perfect Chinese New Year food to get you started!
What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year (also called Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival) last 15 days and the start date varies from year to year.
It happens sometime between mid to late January and mid to late February and it’s the longest Chinese holiday.
In 2019 it starts on February 5th and we’re celebrating the Year of the Pig. I’m excited because I was born in the Year of the Pig, so it’s my year!
While this holiday focuses on praying to the gods, traveling to visit family, wearing red, cleaning house, giving/receiving lucky money, and more, for a lot of people, it’s all about the FOOD!
Chinese New Year Food
Even though Chinese New Year lasts for many days, most families celebrate during a large feast on Chinese New Year’s Eve.
In our family, that means we go to my husband’s parents’ house and they prepare massive amounts of food.
Sometimes it’s just immediate family that attends, but many times it includes family friends, extended family, and new friends who want to experience an “authentic” Chinese New Year.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE NEW YEAR FOOD
What’s interesting about the foods eaten during Chinese New Year is that oftentimes, they are included simply because they sound like other Chinese words.
Here are just some of the foods traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year:
The Chinese word for fish sounds a lot like the word for surplus, therefore fish is served in hopes of a prosperous year. Usually people make steamed fish.
Spring Rolls + Dumplings
There’s a superstition that the more dumplings a person eats during Chinese New Year, the more money they will make!
So, spring Rolls and Dumplings (like Ling Ling Potstickers) are eaten for increased wealth.
Sweet Rice Balls
This traditional Chinese New Year food is also called Tangyuan. The word Tangyuan and it’s round shape represent family togetherness.
This dish is sometimes called Jai or Buddha’s Delight because it’s a Buddhist tradition that no animal be killed on the first day of the new year.
Good Fortune Fruit
The Chinese word for orange sounds like the Chinese word for success. And the written character for tangerine looks like the Chinese character for lucky.
Tangerines and oranges (with the leaves on) is included for fullness and wealth.
Glutenous Rice Cake
This traditional Chinese New Year dessert is called Niangao and it consists of sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese dates, and lotus leaves.
The word Niangao sounds like like the Chinese word for getting higher every year so, this dessert is for a higher income or higher position.
These noodles are longer than what you’ll find in chow mein or soup because they are uncut. It’s important not to cut them up, since they represent long life and happiness.
Ling Ling Potstickers
My family has had a fresh bag of Ling Ling potstickers in our freezer for the past 10 years. We usually get the huge bag from Costco and we keep it on hand because it makes a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
In fact, our running joke about what to have for dinner is “there’s always potstickers in the freezer!”
We grab a bag of Ling ling Potstickers every time we’re at Costco, and we usually also pick up smaller bags from Safeway because it’s a great price for the amount of food!
When it comes to frozen food, I’m particular about what I want to make for my kids. I like that Ling Ling potstickers are packed with savory proteins and freshly sourced vegetables.
Plus, it’s super convenient to always have some in our freezer!
We usually make a bunch and eat them by themselves as a meal. Sometimes we will put them on hot rice.
And other times we will make bok choy or gai-lan (Chinese broccoli) for extra veggies.
How Many Types of Ling Ling Potstickers Are There?
There are three types of Ling Ling potstickers available: Chicken, Pork, and Vegetarian. We’ve tried them all and here’s what we think:
Hands down, our favorite type of Ling Ling potstickers are their pork ones.The flavors and juices mix together so well and create the perfect little dumpling!
If you go to a Chinese restaurant and order potstickers, it’s most likely going to be pork. In our minds, it’s the most traditional and it’s the kind my husband grew up eating.
A close second is chicken. The taste is noticeably different than the pork ones, but the flavors still work well.
Our kids really like eating the chicken potstickers from Ling Ling with a bowl of rice and a cup of milk!
We don’t buy the vegetarian ones too often because my husband is diabetic and needs to be on a high-protein diet.
However, I enjoy the vegetarian ones because they taste lighter. Plus, they are a great appetizer or side dish.
How to Make Ling Ling Potstickers for a Quick Meal
There are a few different ways to prepare Ling Ling potstickers.
STEAM YOUR LING LING POTSTICKERS
This is one of the easiest ways to make them, but you’ll need a bamboo steamer basket. They sell these at most Asian grocery stores and they are inexpensive.
In order to prevent sticking, you can either put some cabbage leaves or parchment paper in the bamboo steamer first.
If you use parchment paper, you’ll need to cut little holes or air vents so they will cook properly.
Then, you just boil a little water in a pan, put the frozen dumplings in the steamer basket inside the pan, cover and voila!
ADD YOUR LING LING POTSTICKERS TO SOUP
What’s cool about these frozen potstickers is that you can just boil them in water until they float and then add them to chicken broth for an easy, yet satisfying, soup.
You can also add noodles or extra vegetables to the broth.
PAN FRY YOUR LING LING POTSTICKERS
You can steam the potstickers and then fry them in oil, so the skin gets nice and crispy.
If you really want to go for it, fry them first, then add water to the pan and steam. After the water evaporates, fry them again for extra crispy potstickers!
This is our favorite way to make them because they are extra flavorful!
Ling Ling Potstickers come with their signature dipping sauce. It’s frozen in little packets, so I usually run them under hot water while I’m cooking the potstickers to defrost them.
Our kids LOVE the “dip dip” sauce and they love the whole process of dipping their potsticker for every single bite!