Chinese Boiled Dumplings (Jiaozi) — Dumplings are always part of the Chinese New Year holiday fare. A few "lucky dumplings" with a coin in the filling are commonly added to the batch. The person who bites into them will have a good year!
Hundred Corner Shrimp Balls — These little dim sum treats are so delicious and very easy to prepare. They are great hot or at room temperature and can be served with a dipping sauce of hot chili sauce or salt seasoned with a little curry powder, five spice powder or crushed Szechuan peppercorns.
They can be made ahead and reheated in the oven.
Pot Stickers — Traditional pot stickers are delicious, but they do take time to make. It isn't
hard to speed up the preparation, though — instead of using home made wrappers, just start with the purchased ones (gyoza) sold in some grocery stores and Asian markets.
Salt and Pepper Shrimp — Spicy salt and pepper shrimp makes an excellent appetizer or main course. The deep-fried shrimp shells turn a wonderful orange color, while the spicy seasoning adds extra flavor. Leaving the shells on protects the shrimp meat inside, so that it tastes very tender.