I have distinct childhood memories of sitting around the kitchen table and watching in awe as my mother and grandmother would expertly transform a giant bowl of meat and these thin white skins of dough into magical meat pockets. They could churn out a hundred of them at a time, in a matter of minutes. These mandus, Korean for dumplings, would be shared amongst friends and family or stored away in the freezer for a special occasion such as the Lunar New Year. For Koreans, new year tradition calls for Rice Cake Soup with Mandu. Prepared as breakfast, this warm and hearty meal is meant to summon luck and prosperity for the coming year.