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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 demonstra
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Ten Speed Press
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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 places, you have a choice of one or two types (even at most buffets), but every once in a while you stumble across a dim sum restaurant, or a place where they've got a gifted dumpling maker in the kitchen, and you get a better survey of the available options. But I have yet to run across a restauran
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food, cooking
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 literally just flour and water, and that you're being given instructions for how to cook dumplings in a myriad of ways (you only need to pick one!) you're off and running. Flavors are authentic - looking forward to trying out many more recipes from this book this year. ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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 them, or how hermetically fused they seem when they're raw, those suckers will split open when they hit the oil. Stick to the more basic flour/oil/salt/water/spice version and you'll be fine. ...more
Pattie Tierney
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 tastes and skill levels. ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would highly recommend this book to anyone starting out their adventure into the world of dumpling.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: culinary
I was never afraid of rolling an egg roll or lumpia and have steamed a few dumplings in my life, but this book seriously upped my game by urging homemade wrappers (quite easy) and nudging towards more complex folds (not so easy). Also fascinating is the classification of dumplings along with bao, pakoras, and other south Asian, SE Asian dishes. I only wish it had more photographs, and clearer illustrations on the more complex folds. But if you enjoy an hour and a half of kitchen “meditation” tim ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
A person can't just sit around during covid-19 making sourdough. Hankering for a dumpling? This book is very user friendly. Some scouting around for ingredients will be necessary, however, they are not impossible to find. There are detailed drawings for wrapping all of the wrappers into dim sum shapes. The fillings look tasty. The photos are tempting. Everything one needs to get started trying out these delicious morsels is in this book.
Fred Kohn
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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 was amazing!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook, instruction
Comprehensive guide to the process, excellent diagrams and photos.
Garrett McCord
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One word: Gyoza. This book is a bible for me, especially when it comes to freezing dumplings for Christmas gifts. This books gets a serious workout in my kitchen as do all of Nguyen's books. ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've made so many recipes from this book! YUM ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book by the Queen of dumplings.. A must have in your Asian cooking books
Dan R
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is flat out a good cookbook.
Covers all the base techniques. Clear instructions. And has recipes for all the dumplings that you would expect. And variations to experiment with.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 o
Robert Durough, Jr.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 night from a street vendor that hung around when everyone else had cleared the roads outside my apartment. Nguyen does an excellent job describing different kinds of dumplings, buns, rolls/wraps, and pastries from East, Southeast, and South Asia. Actually, it made me a little homesick.

There are some be
Dec 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, cook-books
I have no idea why this book gets the great reviews it gets on amazon and on goodreads. I tried out 6 recipes and all ranged between mediocre to catastrophe. I just finished making Indian sweet dumplings and they collapsed in the syrup for it. Seriously fuck this book. I love dumplings and I was looking forward to learning some great techniques on making various types of dumplings. I think the author should have given tips on how to use store bought square wonton sheets, because not all of us ha ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
I've made the wheat starch dough and 2 types of dumplings from this book so far, har gow and chiu chow. Delicious and the taste was spot on for both. The directions are excellent--good descriptions of how things should feel and look, and she offers clear techniques that are easy to follow. I am not left wondering how to achieve a certain fold. The tips are also very helpful. I can discern that Andrea Nguyen is a very accomplished, thoughtful, and thorough food writer who has tested her own recip ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've made only a couple recipes so far for gyoza and dipping sauces, but am pleased overall. The gyoza turned out looking spectacularly with a delicious tender and crispy texture. The accompanying dipping sauce tasted spot-on. The only complaint so far is for the gyoza filling. The texture was good, but I will double the amount of seasoning next time since the flavor was rather bland. Nevertheless, the instructions for making and assembling the dumplings are very clear, and the photographs are e ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is my all time favourite cookbook. I love how she covers basics from shapes to ingredients. I spent 5 days in a row making dumplings.

I think its organized perfectly, especially by dough type, so its easy to plan out recipes in advance. I tackled basic doughs first for my 5 day marathon.
My faces include Pork and Napa Cabbage Water Dumplings = awesomeness. Pea pod shape and half moon shape mastered. ChasaoBao were pretty tricky but camera out delicious. Shaomai were great but the open satche
Barbara Morgenroth
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite cookbooks. One to grab when the zombie apocalypse begins. Andrea Nguyen makes the process so simple, so understandable that it's very unlikely you'll go wrong. There are many beautiful photos, many step-by-step instructions. This is one instance where everything came together to produce a cookbook that really gets it right. ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
This was fun to read, but making dumplings is a lot of work. I also bought it about a month before I gave up carbs, so until I figure out how to make a good steamed bun with coconut flour, I'm out of luck... ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
The book has a wide variety of different dumpling recipes. It also has instructions for how to make the wrappers yourself. There are a good number of pictures in there. I don't think I would make any of the items in the book, though. ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought the recipes were too wordy and could have been much more direct and succinct. I really appreciated the short cuts she included, like using refrigerated puff pastry instead of making your own. I made the samosa which turned out well.
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
solid directions on a variety of dumplings... but best of all, FOOD P*RN!
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is mmmmmmmmm....and so easy to follow, amazing flavor, excellent directions, momos to die for.
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
dumpling recipe 1 DONE. and might i also add DELICIOUS.

Very detailed descriptions of exactly how to make dumpling wrappers and their contents.
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The best book on the subject I've seen. Techniques clearly demonstrated. ...more
Catherine Woodman
Phenomenal range of my absolute favorite food--empanadas, shu mei, bao, samosas...and on and on...
Letta Raven
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I already marked beef & sweet potato turnovers, spiced pineapple filled pastries and fresh mint chutney for sometime in the next week to make!
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