Shrimp dumplings with XO sauce

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Almost every dish eaten over Chinese New Year is symbolic of love, longevity, good fortune and prosperity. The most obvious example of this may be Chinese dumplings, as they look like silver or gold ingots used as currency. This year, take part in the fun by making these dumplings with sustainable seafood. Jenice Yu from Fresh Ideas Start Here has a great recipe for dumplings served with XO sauce. And if you're not familiar with XO sauce, it doesn't mean extra old. It derived its name from the deluxe dried seafood it uses. 

2 tsp grated ginger
3/4 lb Organic Ocean sidestripe shrimp, shelled, deveined and chopped into small pieces
1 tbsp Chinese rice wine
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 tbsp cilantro, leaves only, minced
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp sugar
salt, to season
1 egg, beaten, for sealing dumplings
12 wonton wrappers

In a large bowl, mix ingredients for the filling together. Set aside. 

Fill each wonton skin with about 1 heaping teaspoon of the filling and seal the edges of wonton skin with the beaten egg with a brush. 

Steam wontons over high heat for 10 minutes or until cooked. 

Serve hot with ginger vinegar dipping sauce.

XO sauce

1/2 cup sesame oil
2 cups vegetable oil
5 tbsp dried scallops, soaked overnight, drained and shredded
3 tbsp dried shrimp, chopped
2 shallots, diced small
10 gloves garlic, minced
10 fresh chillies, chopped
1 tsp salt

In a large wok on medium heat, add vegetable oil. 

Add shallots and garlic and fry until golden in colour. 

Add remaining ingredients into wok, stirring constantly and cooking for about 8 minutes. 

Pour mixture into a glass jar and let cool overnight in refrigerator. Serve with dumplings as desired. 

12 dumplings