Dumplings are an extremely popular Chinese dish, particularly in Northern China, and are eaten on most special occasions, but especially during Chinese New Year.
There are many different types of fillings to choose from, but the most popular are minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef and vegetables. They can be cooked by either boiling, steaming, frying or baking.
Chinese dumplings represent the exchange between saying goodbye to the old, and welcoming in the New Year.
They also symbolise family, as most families spend New Year's Eve together preparing them, before eating them at midnight. Dumplings are considered to be a classic lucky food, and after eating them, they believe you will live a wealthy and prosperous life. Some people will hide a coin in one dumpling, and whoever finds it, will receive great luck that year.