Dumpling making from ‘All Day Wong’

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IMG_20140814_194129I’ve been a fan of Lee Anne Wong ever since she emerged on season 1 of “Top Chef,” so when Koko Head Cafe’s star chef sent me a copy of her new cookbook, “Dumplings All Day Wong,” I decided to host of dumpling-making party to put her recipes to test.

I knew dumpling-making wasn’t a one-man job, and that I would need some extra hands and mouths, so I posted an informal invite on Facebook and Instagram, and nine friends came over to my house for an afternoon of prepping, wrapping, cooking and eating dumplings prepared from Wong’s recipes.

We picked three recipes — ginger crab rangoon dumplings; brussels sprouts and bacon dumplings; and pork and shrimp shu mai. Here’s a look at our attempts to recreate Wong’s signature dumplings:

Ginger crab rangoon dumplings

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I don't have a ton of prep space in my house, so we huddled around the kitchen table to do prep while we used the kitchen to cook.

 

Brussels sprout and bacon dumplings

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The bacon and brussels sprouts recipe caught my eye for the unusual ingredients that aren't normally found in dumplings and the copious use of strong flavors like fish sauce, balsamic vinegar and bacon fat.

When Makamae heard bacon needed to be cooked, she excitedly volunteered.

 

Pork and shrimp shu mai

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The mixture before mixing.

 

“Dumplings All Day Wong” is available for purchase at Amazon.com.

5 comments
trdtaco
trdtaco

I know this was so last minute, wish I could have made it Chuggy! #ShindoSweatShop 

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

All together now: TFTI

Myong
Myong

Looks like fun!

jhsgwa
jhsgwa

Impressive!  I'm going to assume that I just missed my informal FB invitation! 

jhsgwa
jhsgwa

I just learned what that stands for...