Wednesday, January 14, 2009


My head has been filled with dumplings lately. Not only is my new work-in-progress novel tentatively titled "Dumpling Days," one of the stories in my upcoming early reader Ling & Ting prominently features dumpling making: With so many dumplings in my head, I decided there was no time like the present to accomplish #4 of my new year's resolutions: make my own dumplings!

My goal this year is to try a few different dumpling recipes and figure out which one I like best. When I recently read on Jama Rattigan's blog that her book "Dumpling Soup" was having it's 15 year anniversary (wow!), I knew her recipe was the one I wanted to try first.
"Dumpling Soup" was one of the few multicultural picturebooks around when I began my journey as an author/illustrator, it was one of the books that inspired me to write about my own cultural heritage. So, why not start my dumpling making experience with a book that started my book-making experience? Seemed fitting to me!

So, following the Yang family recipe, I murdered a cabbage. It was gruesome, I chopped it into many pieces. I didn't know I could be so cruel:

Then I mixed meat:

and folded the dumplings:

Don't they look good? They are not as nice as my mom's, but I was proud.

Then I cooked them

and ate them! YUM!
These dumplings are going to be hard to beat, but I plan on making the Lin family recipe next...


jama said...

Yum yum yum! :9

This has got to be the most adorable dumpling post ever. Admire your crimping skills. So excited to hear about "Dumpling Days," and I've been really anxious for Ling and Ting to come out.

Your new handle: Dumpling Diva.

Daisy said...

I love them! They look fantastic... Grace, do you know of any recipes for vegetable dumplings - suitable for vegetarians?

yamster said...

They sound delicious! Next is making your own wrappers... :)

Grace Lin said...

Yes, I definitely want to try a bunch with my own wrappers!

Daisy, I don't know any vegetarian recipes but it's a good idea. I think I will add a vegetarian recipe to the my dumpling taste-test. Off to recipe search!

Lissy said...

Do you know where there is a recipe for the soup dumplings you had in China? Those sound interesting....

Jenny said...

Talk about soup dumplings, your post made me crave them so bad I stood in line at Yu Yuan today - TOTALLY worth it!

I'll be on the look out for a soup dumpling recipe.

Okay, now I think I need to go out and get more - they are addictive!