The finished dumplings, properly fried to a light crisp. The half-moon shape was meant to resemble ancient Chinese currency. Eating the dumplings was believed to bring fortune and prosperity.
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"Jung is a portable meal, wrapped in bamboo leaves," says Jidan Koon. She and her now-husband, Bryant Terry, created their own multicultural version of the traditional dish when they got engaged.
Mole is a complex sauce that marries chocolate with chilies, onion, garlic, spices, nuts and seeds and dried fruits. But it's just one of many ways to break chocolate out of the candy box.
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