Thursday, November 21, 2013

Asian Dumplings from scratch

First off let me tell you about Craftsy

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

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What I like about Craftsy

I was able to review and choose one of Craftsy cooking lessons and let me tell you I had a hard time narrowing it down to which one I would start with. They have so many wonderful classes that you can buy and watch over and over on your own time frame.

Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.

 My Class Review-Asian Dumplings

My family loves anything Asian food and buying dumplings or won tons can be an expensive outing. So I thought what a great idea to make your own. I've already can make basic fried wontons and we love them. But this class was like taking a trip around China and Japan learning different techniques and recipes in this Asian Dumpling Lesson.


Andrea Ngyuen, the Instructor learned how to cook when she was young with rice and wontons. She choices you several ways to cook dumplings such as fried or in a broth. But I think my favorite thing to see was the different ways you can fold and shape your dumplings as well as what to stuff them with. The course comes with 8 recipes to download and experiment with in the kitchen. Recipes like Sui Mai, Potstickers and Korean Dumplings as well as making your own dumpling dough.

She inspired me to try Pork Sui Mai at home. This was something I had not done before. Basically they are cutting wonton wrappers into circles and filling them and shaping them into "open bags" as Andrea calls them.

I changed the recipe a bit but used her forming and cooking techniques:
2 lbs. ground pork
can water chestnuts, chopped finely
3 carrots, chopped finely
4-5 whole mushrooms, chopped finely
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 Cup soy sauce
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. rice wine vinegar
Add all ingredients together until well combined. Add to your wonton wrappers and steam.
They turned out great.



















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