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Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Nguyen , Penny De Los Santos
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Is there anything more satisfying than a well-made Asian dumpling?

Plump pot stickers, spicy samosas, and tender bāo (stuffed buns) are enjoyed by the million every day in dim sum restaurants, streetside stands, and private homes worldwide. Wrapped, rolled, or filled; steamed, fried, or baked–Asian dumplings are also surprisingly easy to prepare, as Andrea Nguyen demonstrates in Asian Dumplings.

Nguyen is a celebrated food writer and teacher with a unique ability to interpret authentic Asian cooking styles for a Western audience. Her crystal-clear recipes for more than 75 of Asia’s most popular savory and sweet parcels, pockets, packages, and pastries range from Lumpia (the addictive fried spring rolls from the Philippines) to Shanghai Soup Dumplings (delicate thin-skinned dumplings filled with hot broth and succulent pork) to Gulab Jamun (India’s rich, syrupy sweets).

Organized according to type (wheat pastas, skins, buns, and pastries; translucent wheat and tapioca preparations; rice dumplings; legumes and tubers; sweet dumplings), Asian Dumplings encompasses Eastern, Southeastern, and Southern Asia, with recipes from China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Tibet, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Throughout, Nguyen shares the best techniques for shaping, filling, cooking, and serving each kind of dumpling. And she makes it easy to incorporate dumplings into a contemporary lifestyle by giving a thorough introduction to essential equipment and ingredients and offering make-ahead and storage guidance, time-saving shortcuts that still yield delectable results, and tips on planning a dumpling dinner party.

More than 40 line drawings illustrate the finer points of shaping many kinds of dumplings, including gyōza/pot stickers, wontons, and samosas. Dozens of mouth-watering color photographs round out Asian Dumplings, making it the most definitive, inviting, inspiring book of its kind.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2734 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (22 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME6NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best for Asian dumplings / dim sum 31 Jan. 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Now I didn't mark this book down because the recipes use lots of ingredients like the one reviewer - that is the nature of this food. If you don't like lots of ingredients buy a book on simple cookery. I gave it 4 rather than 5 because I think it could have offered some more really exceptional dumplings, something not found in restaurants in London, New York of San Francisco, maybe only found in the local restaurants of the country. )if you've been to Asia, Hong Kong for example, when you go to a restaurant you will notice that if you are Western, they will give you a special menu, say English, and you will notice that the Chinese menu on your table seems to have about twice as many items on it (it is really frustrating having to ask an English speaking waitress to translate the Chinese menu line by line, but that is the only way to get to order what the locals are eating and not just their choice of dishes that Western taste would want - this also happens in Chinatown in London).
However, this is one of the best books for Asian dumplings, very detailed. There aren't too many out there, I have 4 or 5 just on dumplings and a number of other Asian cook books that also include some recipes. That said, it includes 68 (or so - may have lost exact count - did not count the basic dough recipes) recipes, most are fairly standard - nothing really unusual, but still good. This book covers a number of countries.
A better book in my opinion if you are just interested in Chinese Dim Sum is the book "Chinese Dim Sum" from the Wei-Chuan cook book series. It offers 88 recipes - in English and Chinese - there is no chit chat from the author, just the straight recipes, with some really exceptional. I give that book 5 stars. Both books are both worth owning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly a little gem 27 April 2012
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Who would have thought that the humble dumpling could have so many variants, be so different and yet relatively simple to make. When one eats a dumpling, whether Dim Sum, Samosa, Spring Roll or other Asian forms one can be forgiven for writing them off as simple fare, yet reality can be a lot different.
In an explosion of mouth-watering colour the author has put the humble dumpling dish under the spotlight and makes the reader understand that a simple-looking foodstuff is, in fact, a collection of many quite intricate items that can showcase some of the best little things from their respective cuisines.
One starts by looking at what, in fact, makes an "Asian dumpling" and to look at the myth, mystique and confusion behind them. Then it is straight into the kitchen with looking at how one makes them and the ingredients that typically can be found within them. Each ingredient can personalise and change the dumpling so that is really can be a fairly individualistic piece of work, made quite unique by the talents of the cook despite following a set-out recipe. Each key ingredient is placed under the magnifying glass so that the reader can understand and appreciate their importance and role as a dumpling building block.
Cooking techniques are also important - you don't just drop them in oil and fry the life out of them - and once you've got a handle on the basics it is straight to the recipes. Recipes themselves are split into key categories - filled pastas, thin skins, stuffed buns, rich pastries, translucent wheat and tapioca starches, transformation of rices, legumes and tubers, sweet treasures and sauces, seasonings, stocks and other basics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum! 17 April 2013
By Pixies
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am able to recreate in a rather amateur fashion (as I am no great cook) most of the dumplings from this book. The dumpling skins are worth the hassle (or not, as they are actually very simply done especially if you have a pasta machine kicking about in the back cupboard) as they taste better than the ones bought in the Chinese supermarkets (which are rather course and tasteless). Once the basic is learned, you could just experiment with the fillings of your choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 3 Jun. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is just what I have been looking for. I have to drive quite a distance to find a Chinese grocer so have been experimenting with making my own wrappers with mixed success. This book explains the many different types of doughs and also has great tips when working with the tapioca and wheat flours. I don't mind the American measurements and find them much easier then having to weigh everything. I am so happy to be able to make my own dim sum that actually taste great and look pretty. The author has a web site that has recipes and tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Dumplings! 6 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
Really Terrific. Get the Kindle version for a superb video demonstration and the book for the wonderful pictures.
Both enhance a fabulous experience of Nguyen's Asian kitchen and delicious dumplings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asian dumplings 30 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is not an easy book so if you don't do much in the way of cooking then it's not for you. But if you love to cook as an ongoing busy addictive habit, then this is the one to try.
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