Hey There, Dumpling!: 100 Recipes for Dumplings, Buns, Noodles, and Other Asian Treats, by Kenny Lao, (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang), 208 pages, release date 8 September, 2015.

This is the time of year when I start looking for cookbooks that would make good holiday gifts for my foodie friends. I use the term “foodie” in an inclusive, not an exclusive way. If you like food and enjoy trying to produce meals that really taste good, you’re a foodie in my book, and Hey There, Dumpling! would be a great choice for a gift or just for yourself.

Lao’s book is set up in a way that lets absolute beginners build their dumpling skills over time. He starts with tools and basic folds, presents a variety of dumpling recipes, then moves on to dips (no folding required!)—followed by suggested dumpling/dip pairings. And he does all this in the first half of the book. Next come the variations, which include salads, finger foods, drinks, and desserts.

The recipes promise all sorts of edible pleasure: Ma Po Tofu Dumplings; Glazed Barbequed Pork Dumplings; Vinegar Ginger Dip; Creamy Wasabi Dip; Shiitake Mushroom Buns; Chilly Chile Rice Noodles; Peanut Saté Noodle Soup with Crispy Shallots; Watermelon and Mint Salad; Pine Nut-Corn Stir-Fry; Umami Popcorn; Pineapple Drinking Vinegar; Matcha Shortcut Shortbread. With Lao at your side, you’ll find yourself making all sorts of delicious, unexpected treats like these.

The book is also strikingly laid out with lots of photos, so it makes for fun browsing, as well as actual cooking. Anyone who like to eat (and who doesn’t) can have all sorts of fun with Hey There, Dumpling!

September 07 2015 05:39 am | Uncategorized

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