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Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More Hardcover – August 25, 2009
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One of NPR's Best Cookbooks of 2009
“If it's a small, succulent parcel encased in dough, pastry, batter, or leaves from anywhere between India and Polynesia, you'll find a recipe and crystal-clear instructions for making it with Andrea Nguyen's Asian Dumplings.”
—Cooking Light, Favorite Cookbooks, 2010
"Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, celebrates a wide array of dough-wrapped treats from China, Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, India and Korea in this lavishly photographed homage to the not-so-humble dumpling. She divides her treasure trove of recipes by dough type, including filled pastas, thin skins, stuffed buns, rich pastries and more. Japanese pork and shrimp pot stickers, Filipino chicken and egg buns, and spicy potato samosas whet the appetite and show the diversity of the offerings she provides. Line drawings highlight shaping techniques to make half-moons, pea pods, crescents and footballs. Nguyen includes recipes for making dough and wrappers from scratch, including rice sheet batter, wheat starch dough and basic dough, among others. She also showcases dessert dumplings such as fried banana spring rolls, and milk dumplings in cardamom and saffron syrup. Sections on sauces, seasoning and stocks, key ingredients and essential equipment round out a superb collection. This alluring and attractive book will appeal to a wide audience of home cooks and trained chefs. 75 full-color photos." (Oct.)
“Until I began cooking from this remarkable book I had no idea that preparing Asian dumplings was so easy and so satisfying. Andrea Nguyen’s latest work is authoritative, fun, and filled with recipes that yield insanely delicious results.”
–James Oseland, editor in chief of Saveur and author of Cradle of Flavor
“I was truly excited when I first picked up this book, a feeling that quickly turned to awe. Andrea Nguyen introduces you to Asian dumplings you never knew existed, makes you feel that you can’t live until you try them, then takes your hand and, in admirably lucid detail, shows you exactly how to make them. Asian Dumplings is destined to become a classic–it’s already an instant must-have for any Asian food lover.”
–John Thorne, author of Outlaw Cook and Mouth Wide Open
“Andrea Nguyen has done a remarkable job of guiding us through the world of Asian dumplings, sharing their history and evolution and providing plenty of user-friendly recipes. This beautiful cookbook will make you want to throw a dumpling-making party every time you turn the page.”
–Corinne Trang, author of Essentials of Asian Cuisine and Noodles Every Day
“Andrea’ s humor, enthusiasm, and comforting pragmatism make me want to bolt into my kitchen to knead and roll and wrap and steam and bake and fry and, best of all, gobble. This book will make you very, very hungry.”
–Niloufer Ichaporia King, author of My Bombay Kitchen
“Asian Dumplings is full of inspiration for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Samosas, lumpia, pot stickers, momo, gyōza, wontons, and bāo in one volume? And diagrams for all the folding techniques? Thank you, Andrea.”
–Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Cooking
Top Customer Reviews
The dumplings I have made from Andrea Nguyen's book have been frighteningly delicious. The information is clearly presented with good line drawings to show you how and lovely photos to show what you're supposed to end up with. The ingredient lists are all minimal and easily obtained. You will make no large investments in items you will use once. (Don't you hate that about some cookbooks?) There are so many to chose from, the only problem will be making up your mind which one tonight. The door to delectable dumplings is now open.
This is a wonderful book. Thank you, Ms Nguyen.
What I find exceptional about her approach is that she provides excellent aids in choosing such things as ingredients, e.g. stores or restaurants to search for to provide ingredients and samples of the cooking, as well as purchased wrappers or hand made. The line drawings of the dumpling assembly process are outstanding and the written instructions are thorough and clear, showing again that there has been much testing for us home cooks before publication. The four color photos of the results are outstanding, keeping the high standard of TenSpeed Press in tack. At the beginning is a most extensive writeup on key ingredients, with such fine details as possible substitutes and suggested brands, and where to look for them. With this style of cooking, this is most helpful.
Some good friends of mine lived in China and Hong Kong for years, so have experienced many types of Asian dumplings at their house. This motivated me to purchase this book, and bring more of this cuisine into my recipe array. I started with her recommendation, Filled Pastas, and so my voyage recipe was a great success: Japanese Pork and Shrimp Pot Stickers. From there I have barely ventured into all the types, but so far I sampled Panfried Pork and Scallion Mini Buns as well as Sweet Potato and Lemongrass Dumplings. The author's suggestion to not care at first too much about how they look, but just enjoy is pertinent for me and inspirational.
A superb reference and guide for this wonderful Asian comfort food: dumplings. Buy it and enjoy it.
For instance, the recipe for shanghai spring rolls (thin doughsheets for deep-frying) explains (p. 81): "stir [the dough mixture] for 4-5 minutes, about 200 strokes. Strands of glutinous, pasty dough will form, attaching themselves to the rim of the bowl as you stir, and become longer as you progress.[...] When done, the thick pasty dough should be elastic enough for you to lift and stretch it 12 to 14 inches from the bottom of the bowl. [...] Gather the finished dough together; it should hold a slightly mounded shape for a few minutes before spreading to touch the walls of the bowl." Wow!...I have never encountered such clear, and spot on, recipe decriptions.
These descriptions may seem over the top, but for the difficult preparations (spring roll skins; glutinous rice dough; rice sheets; translucent dough) there certainly are not. I've tried all the difficult preparations and they all turned out great, after the first try!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've really enjoyed this book. My wife and I have been making a different recipe each weekend for the last 6 weeks and they all have turned out really nice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. McAllister
Love this book so much. If you love dumpling, you got to have this book.Published 3 months ago by Berrypancake
Bought this for the instructions on lumpia skins (done by swiping the dough ball against heated nonstick skillet). She knows her stuff.Published 5 months ago by D. Long