Wing Yip Celebrate The Chinese New Year: Year Of The Pig
With the most celebrated date in the Chinese calendar approaching, Wing Yip – the UK’s leading Oriental supermarket – is encouraging the nation to bring the festivities to life in the kitchen and enjoy authentic Chinese dishes at home. ONIN.London were invited to celebrate the Year Of The Pig With Wing Yip on the 24th January with an exclusive supper club prepared by Pippa Middlehurst.
When is Chinese New Year? And what is The Year Of The Pig?
Chinese New Year is celebrated internationally on 5th February 2019. This year is the Year of the Pig. It is the 12thanimal in the Chinese zodiac and the pig is said to symbolise fortune and bravery. People who are born in this year are compassionate, calm and generous.
The meal started with citrus cured lettuce cups with peanuts and Pippa’s fabulous Dan Dan dumplings. We certainly could have eaten more though as they were utter perfection.
The twice cooked pork belly with pak choy, black bean tofu, rice and red cabbage salad was a massive hit with everyone. I think everyone who ate it, went back for seconds and thirds.
We ended the meal with plum cake with orange and sichuan pepper ice-cream. It was an delicious and light dessert that was the perfect way to finish a great evening.
Wing Yip has stores throughout the UK which sell over 4,500 Oriental products. From cookware to ingredients, they have you covered. This year apart from organising supper clubs for journalists to enjoy what they have in offer, Wing Yip has created two traditional Chinese New Year recipes that can easily be replicated in the comfort of the home. You can find all the ingredients at your local Wing Yip store, or shop online at www.wingyipstore.co.uk. We love the sound of Steamed salmon in ginger and spring onion sauce and Fried Prawn Dumpling (Fried Won Ton), so we’ll certainly be going shopping soon.
Steamed salmon in ginger and spring onion sauce
4 pieces/portions salmon fillets
2 shallots, thinly sliced
4tbsp Wing Yip Ginger & Spring Onion Stir-Fry Sauce
- Using a piece of foil large enough to create a parcel, place the salmon into the middle of the foil, scatter 1/4 of the shallots around the salmon and spoon 1 tbsp of the Ginger and Spring Onion Sauce on top. Wrap up the parcel and repeat for the other 3 pieces of salmon.
- Place in a pre-heated oven at 180c for 10 minutes depending on the size of your fish.
- Check after 10 minutes, and if the fish is cooked all the way through, serve immediately.
Fried Prawn Dumpling (Fried Won Ton)
500g raw prawns, shelled and deveined
2 egg whites
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1tsp Wing Yip Sesame Oil
30 round won ton wrappers
Lettuce, finely shredded
Carrot, finely shredded
- Chop the prawns until they coarsely minced and put into a bowl.
- Lightly whisk together the egg whites, oil, salt and pepper and then add to the chopped prawns. Use a whisk to combine the mixture at first, and then use a rubber spatula to ensure that the prawns are thoroughly combined with the egg white mixture.
- Form into a ball in the bowl, cover with cling film and then refrigerate for an hour.
- When you’re ready to fill and shape the dumplings, prepare your workstation with a small bowl of water to wet your fingers, a tray covered with greaseproof paper, and the dumpling wrappers loosely wrapped in cling film or covered with a damp paper towel.
- Take one wrapper at a time and place 1 tablespoon of the prawn mixture into the centre of the dumpling wrapper. Dip your finger into the bowl of water and run it around along the edge of half the wrapper. Carefully fold over the dumpling and press the centre together firmly, and then gently pleat the wet-side of the dumpling wrapper from the centre outwards, and then repeat on the other side. You will generally end up 3-4 pleats on each side. Make sure that the dumpling is tightly sealed. If you are not comfortable with pleating, you can just firmly press the edges together.
- Repeat this step until you’ve used all the mixture, ensuring that if it is taking you a little while to cover the dumplings with a damp towel to prevent them from drying out. Once all the dumplings are made, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 10-20 minutes to help them firm up. The dumplings can be frozen at this stage if they are not going to be eaten all at once. Freeze on a tray for 2-3 hours, and then place into an air tight container for up to 6 months.
- Pre-heat your fryer to 180°c and then test your oil with a cube of bread. If the bread floats to the top and is golden brown in a few seconds, then you know your oil is ready. Fry the dumplings in batches of 4-6, depending on the size of your fryer, for 1-2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Drain onto kitchen paper to help remove the excess oil, and then repeat for all the dumplings.
- Serve with salad cream in a dish on the side, and with the lettuce and carrot salad.