The very second that Hey There, Dumpling! showed up on Netgalley, I knew I had to have it. I love dumplings. I could eat them every day and not get tired of them. I’ve made them at home before. They were good, but they could have been better, and I had to know the secrets of good dumpling-making. I was so happy when I was approved, and this book did not let me down.
In the first half of the book, Kenny Lao covers the basics: creating a filling, folding the dumplings, pan frying, making a dipping sauce. This alone would have been enough for me to rate this book five stars. But noooo, then he has to go on and give recipes for appetizers, drinks, and desserts. There I was, in bed with the most awful cold I’ve had in recent memory, barely able to move, but salivating at the prospect of these recipes, and only wishing that I would get better so I could try them.
I have since made his “quickles” – quick pickles with garlic and Szechuan peppercorns. I chose radishes, since I have an overabundance of them from my farm. And they’re good, like… really good. I made three batches this week and have been eating them both as a side dish and throwing them in my salads. I haven’t had the chance to make any of his dumplings yet, but that’s coming. Soon, hopefully. Maybe the next time I have dinner guests.
I am seriously considering buying several copies of this cookbook and giving it as Christmas presents.