The Year of the Ox (Dumplings)

Chinese New Year is coming up, and as with every holiday save for maybe President’s Day, that means one thing to me: FOOD! Great food. Excesses of food. And the first food that comes to mind for this one is dumplings. But instead of throwing a dumpling party like I did last year, forcing my friends to roll up their sleeves in the wrapping process, the talented food writer Winnie Yang and I are going to teach a class on dumpling making at The Brooklyn Kitchen!

This class will be held the day before the lunar New Year, Sunday the 25th. Sign up now before it’s full, as class size is limited and seats are going on the cheap: just $25. Or, if you’re reading this, it gets even cheaper! Write in promo code OX09 (that’s a zero nine, as in year of the ox, ’09, baby!) at checkout and it’ll be $20 instead. And, as with all cooking classes at The Brooklyn Kitchen, attendees receive a 10% discount on anything they might want to purchase from the store afterwards.

Why should we be the ones to teach you how to make dumplings? Because we love making them almost as much as we love to eat them. There’s something very social about making dumplings, which is why it’s spawned a namesake party tradition. It’s not that much fun standing in your kitchen methodically filling and wrapping neat little dumpling after dumpling on your own (trust me). You can’t discover different folding techniques that your friends grew up with, or just invented, which I always find fascinating. You can’t exchange tricks on dough-making or get into heated disputes over what filling ingredients are best. So we’ll be there to share all that and more, like other customs of Chinese New Year, at the class.

Hope to see you there!

13 Responses

  1. desiree

    since i’m stuck here in the south, i’m telling my friend up there all about your class in the hopes that she can come visit and we can have a dumpling party of our own. wheee!

  2. Jodi

    Yum. Those look delicious. I just bought ingredients to make dumplings (inspired by City Mama). It seems only fitting, since I’m an “OX”.

  3. EB

    Damn! I want to take the class. Too bad I’m way out west. Do you make your own dough or use pre-made wrappers? Any brand in particular if you do?

  4. anado

    Yay! I will be taking the class! However, you should know that the discount code only took off $5, even though I was buying two tickets. I probably could have bought them separately, but that didn’t occur to me until just now…

  5. Sarah

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I hate that I work Sunday nights so I always miss all the fun stuff.

  6. […] are only 20 spots in the class, and according to Cathy’s comments section and some of the emails I’ve been getting, places are filling up, so sign up […]

  7. James

    Sold Out – says the email from the Brooklyn Kitchen! SOLD OUT???
    My worst possible nightmare confirmed. This is no way to commence the year of the Ox! Is bribery a plausible option to gain entry?

  8. Michelle

    I’ve always loved to eat out (I live in Chicago), but due to budget restrictions I cook at home. After reading your blog (JUST your blog amongst the hundreds I’ve read), you’ve inspired me to be adventurous with my cooking!!! And I love it!! Thanks for being an inspiration. 🙂

  9. johnna knows good food

    This is a great idea, dumplings are fun to make and making them at home cuts down on that eating out budget;-)

  10. Florence

    I signed up for the class, but can’t seem to find the time! Will you remind me what time it starts on Sunday? Thanks =)

  11. anado

    SO SAD. I was able to get 2 spots for this, but I’m so sick that we are canceling 🙁 Someone on the waiting list should be getting a call pretty soon to see if they want to go…

    Cathy please post again next time you are leading a class!

  12. Lauren (EVK)

    I was fortunate enough to be at Winnie’s for the first trial run and feel very fortunate to now have this skill in my bag of tricks. I’m very much enjoying your blog. Cheers!

  13. Vereen

    I wanted to comment and thank the author, good stuff

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