Dumpling-Making with Upper School Mandarin Students
Saturday, January 25th marked the beginning of the 15-day Lunar New Year festival, but 8th Grade Mandarin students began preparing for the holiday on Wednesday when they traveled to the Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown, utilizing their Mandarin speaking skills to find and purchase the ingredients for a traditional holiday dish – dumplings!
Back at school, 7th and 8th Grade students measured and mixed the ingredients to create the fillings for pork and chive dumplings and egg and vermicelli dumplings. Mandarin students in the 6th Grade joined them to fill the dumplings and pinch them closed, and after a boil by our kitchen staff, students finally got to sample their homemade dumplings.
Eating dumplings on Lunar New Year is believed to bring good luck and prosperity for the new year, but it’s hardly the only tradition associated with the holiday. Throughout the coming week, Upper School Mandarin students will continue learning about Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated in different Asian cultures – and enjoy additional hands-on activities like writing spring couplets and paper cutting.