Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More Review

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.

Title:Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More

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  • Robert Beveridge

    Andrea Nguyen, Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More (Ten Speed Press, 2009)Asian dumplings are almost a staple food for anyone who patronizes Chinese restaurants. In most ...

  • F.S.

    Love, love, love dumplings. This book took me a while to get into, because after reading the first part of the book, making dumplings seemed complicated. But once you figure out that dumpling dough is...

  • Gregsamsa

    I cannot recommend the spring rolls in this book fervently enough. I cannot recommend the recipe for samosa dough AT ALL. Do not use it. I don't care how neatly you seal them, how carefully you crimp ...

  • Pattie Tierney

    One of the most comprehensive guides to making Asian dumplings that I've ever read. Good background, detailed instructions, ample illustrations, lots of pictures, and a wide variety of recipes for all...

  • Jeannie

    WONDERFUL BOOK. Highly recommended! The kindle version comes with embedded instructional videos that demo inside secret tips and tricks. Tons of recipes to build upon......

  • Jessica Cao

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone starting out their adventure into the world of dumpling....

  • Fred Kohn

    I loved reading this book which was as much an adventure into Asian culture as it was a cookbook. The recipes are all labor-intensive, and I will likely try only a few of them. The one I tried so far ...

  • Darren

    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 ...

  • Robert Durough, Jr.

    Andrea Ngyuen’s Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyōza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More had me reminiscing of my time living in China, eating stuffed steam buns for breakfast and fried dumplings late at ...

  • Crystal

    Excellent recipes!...