Synopses & Reviews
Is there anything more satisfying than a well-made Asian dumpling?
Plump pot stickers, spicy samosas, and tender bāo (stuffed buns) are enjoyed by the million every day in dim sum restaurants, streetside stands, and private homes worldwide. Wrapped, rolled, or filled; steamed, fried, or baked–Asian dumplings are also surprisingly easy to prepare, as Andrea Nguyen demonstrates in Asian Dumplings.
Nguyen is a celebrated food writer and teacher with a unique ability to interpret authentic Asian cooking styles for a Western audience. Her crystal-clear recipes for more than 75 of Asia’s most popular savory and sweet parcels, pockets, packages, and pastries range from Lumpia (the addictive fried spring rolls from the Philippines) to Shanghai Soup Dumplings (delicate thin-skinned dumplings filled with hot broth and succulent pork) to Gulab Jamun (India’s rich, syrupy sweets).
Organized according to type (wheat pastas, skins, buns, and pastries; translucent wheat and tapioca preparations; rice dumplings; legumes and tubers; sweet dumplings), Asian Dumplings encompasses Eastern, Southeastern, and Southern Asia, with recipes from China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Tibet, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Throughout, Nguyen shares the best techniques for shaping, filling, cooking, and serving each kind of dumpling. And she makes it easy to incorporate dumplings into a contemporary lifestyle by giving a thorough introduction to essential equipment and ingredients and offering make-ahead and storage guidance, time-saving shortcuts that still yield delectable results, and tips on planning a dumpling dinner party.
More than 40 line drawings illustrate the finer points of shaping many kinds of dumplings, including gyōza/pot stickers, wontons, and samosas. Dozens of mouth-watering color photographs round out Asian Dumplings, making it the most definitive, inviting, inspiring book of its kind.
andldquo;Jump inandmdash;the dumplings are mighty fine!andrdquo;
andldquo;When Kenny teaches you how to make dumplings, you laugh and cry and sometimes blush; this book is no exception. With its culinary precision, ultra-tasty/ultra-hip recipes, and spicy humor,andnbsp;Hey There, Dumpling!andnbsp;pulls together every element that makes a dumpling irresistible.andrdquo;
andldquo;Consider Kenny Lao a personal trainer for your hot Asian buns. His flavorful recipes work brilliantly and his optimism, enthusiasm, and encouragement keep you completely entertained along the way.andrdquo;
andldquo;Kenny, this book, and the recipes within it are just like a dumpling--fun, satisfying, and full of good stuff. andnbsp;He has a real knack for explanation and organization, which, along with his delicious recipes, proudly provide a refreshing sense of comfort and care in an otherwise chaotic world. May this book leap from the shelf and stick to the pot of your mind and belly.andrdquo;
andldquo;I donandrsquo;t think Iandrsquo;ve been this excited about a cookbook in a long time.andrdquo;
andldquo;Kenny Laoandrsquo;s passion for food brings so much creativity and inspiration which shows on every page of this book. These recipes will excite you and prove cooking can be fun. Enjoy!andrdquo;
Pot stickers, gyoza, spring rolls, samosas: whether wrapped
Nguyen's crystal-clear recipes for more than 75 of Asia's most popular savory and sweet parcels, pockets, packages, and pastries range from Spicy Potato Samosas to Shanghai Wonton Soup. The cookbook also details the techniques for shaping, filling, and cooking.
Kenny Lao loves dumplings. Growing up, his fondest memories were the dumpling parties that filled his house with friends and family. Everyone gathered in the kitchen and took a place in line to create the dumplings: making fillings, stuffing and wrapping, and all the way down to the stove for pan-frying and steaming.
In Dumplings!, Lao brings the party to you, showing you how easy it is to make delicious dumplings. With more than 100 recipes, there is no shortage of dishes. Lao embraces all flavors in his succulent dumpling creations: Classic Pork and Napa Cabbage, Szechuan Chicken, Barbecued Pork and Collards, Chicken and Thai Basil, Vegetarian Edamame, and more. The book is also filled with recipes for noodles, salads, soups, sweets, and drinksandmdash;all the necessary ingredients to complement the main event. Dumplings! is the go-to guide for throwing a killer party with flavorful dumplings.
With the first written reference to Italian ravioli dating back to 1182, dumplings have appeared throughout history in stories and have been kept alive through cultural tradition. Barbara Gallaniand#8217;s Dumpling: A Global History explores the unique history of the food across a wide variety of cultures. Examining the etymology of the word, as well as the food itself, Gallani reveals how this simple dish has inspired monuments and poems in its honor. In addition she analyzes the differences and similarities between how dumplings are prepared and eaten in each country, looking at the contrast between the dumpling as an everyday meal and a food for special occasions. This book shows what makes the dumpling special in so many countries and is a great resource for food enthusiasts and history buffs alike, allowing readers unique insight into this widely celebrated food.
, the dumpling has become synonymous with comfort food around the world. Whether stuffed or unfilled, steamed or boiled, many countries have their own version of the dish. In this book, Barbara Gallani looks at the differences and similarities between the ways dumplings are prepared in a variety of cultures, addressing the contrast between the dumpling as an everyday meal and as a food for festive occasions.
First examining the etymology of the word and examining just what makes a dumpling a dumpling, Gallani moves on to recount the many ways we have come to love this simple comfort, sometimes even offering up monuments and poetry in its honor. Including traditional recipes for readers to make at home, she shows us what makes the dumpling special in so many ways. A great resource for food and history enthusiasts alike, Dumplings reveals unique insights into this widely consumed and celebrated food.
Kenny Lao has been making dumplings for 30 yearsandmdash;in homes, food trucks, and restaurants across America. He has made dumplings at large family parties, in professional kitchens with Michelin-star chefs, and even with rap mogul P. Diddy. In his first cookbook, Lao reveals how to make the perfect dumpling and host amazing dumpling parties.
Hey There, Dumpling! features 100 recipes covering classic Asian and modern flavors, including Pork and Napa Cabbage and Spicy BBQ-Glazed Beef dumplings, mix-and-match tangy dips, crispy salads, delicious noodles, and festive drinks. With 50 color photographs, graphic step-by-step tutorials, and Laoandrsquo;s accessible approach to the kitchen, youandrsquo;ll be inspired to make dumplings a regular for weeknight meals and a star at your next dinner party.
About the Author
is a restaurant consultant, TV personality, and co-founder of Rickshaw Dumpling Bar and Truck. He worked as special projects director for Drew Nieporentand#39;s Myriad Restaurant Group (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Next Door Nobu, Nobu London, Nobu Fifty-Seven, Centrico, and Rubicon San Francisco). Kenny also oversaw the opening of multiple new restaurant establishments for clients such as Starwoodand#39;s W Hotel brand, Sports Club/LA, and Nieman Marcus. He lives in New York City with his husband, John, and dog, Zipper.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- 1
Essential and Handy Equipment • Ingredients •
Cooking Techniques • Tips for Success
1. Filled Pastas -- 20
2. Thin Skins -- 62
3. Stuffed Buns -- 90
4. Rich Pastries -- 108
5. Translucent Wheat and Tapioca Starches -- 130
6. Transformations of Rice -- 152
7. Legumes and Tubers -- 178
8. Sweet Treasures -- 192
9. Sauces, Seasonings, Stocks, and Other Basics -- 214
Resources -- 226
Selected Bibliography -- 227
Acknowledgments -- 229
Index -- 230