“The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook”, by Helen You

dumplinggalaxylgAuthor, Helen You, was born and raised near Beijing China in a Northern Port City named Tianjin.  Helen brought her  cherished family recipes to the United States where she opened a small food stall in New York City.  In the food stall she made only a few traditional dumplings from her home land.  Popularity for her dumplings grew and customers were clamoring for more.  Helen’s answer to the high demand  was to open a restaurant named “Dumpling Galaxy” which allowed her to unleash her creativity in dumpling making and create over 100 dumpling recipes and flavor profiles, some authentic to her cultural heritage and others out of her wildly creative flavor pairings.  I was immediately curious about this book because I love mouthwatering Chinese style dumplings and I’m always up for learning new tips and tricks to perfect making them in my home kitchen.

The book is broken down into five main categories : Classic Dumplings, Green Dumplings (Vegetable/meat free), Faraway Flavors, Dessert Dumplings, Sauces and Sides. Included in the book are basic folding techniques, recipes for wrappers, and detailed instructions on how to create juicy pan fried, steamed and boiled dumplings.

First on my list to try will be the Classic Pork and Chive dumplings, Pork and Taro Shumai, Chicken and Thai Basil Dumplings, and Chile Oil.

I found the book to be easy to understand with the instructions fairly straightforward and thorough.  Even though there are written directions and several picture diagrams to help get a beginner started, I found myself wanting more descriptive pictures on the folding techniques. I was truly hoping to find a Taro dessert dumpling, but was sad to see no recipe as such, but there is a red bean dessert dumpling recipe which is another favorite of mine which I look forward to trying.  I am grateful for the opportunity to receive this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.  I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to try their hand at making classic authentic Chinese dumpling recipes and also push the bounds of creativity in the dumpling making arena.



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