The hardest part is the rolling. Smoothing the dough into circles for the dumpling wrappers, Ye Jiang makes sure the centers are extra thick to support the weight of the filling.
Next, she spoons in a mixture of ground shrimp, pork and leek. Closing up the wrapper, she molds a perfectly-shaped dumpling, the shape of a gold ingot, representing wealth.
It’s a time-consuming activity, perfect for Lunar New Year, said Jiang, inside the Zen Garden Asian Restaurant her Beijing-born husband runs in Ellicott City.
“People who haven’t seen each other for a long time can get together around the table and chat,” Jiang said.