Hello! I'm a first generation BBC (British born Chinese). My father immigrated here in the 1960's and has opened 2 restaurants. The first was a generic Chinese restaurant (it was the 70's after all) that was torn down to make way for a shopping mall, and the second was considered to be one of the first specialist Chinese joints opened in the UK, a Szechuan/Peking (before being renamed Beijing) restaurant in the 80's. As is customary with Chinese families, children are considered free labour so I worked part-time at this restaurant during my school days and started off helping out in the kitchen which is where I wrapped my first dumpling! This was a 鍋貼 (translation: wor tip - literally a potsticker!) and I've never stopped making dumplings ever since. I would love to introduce you to the same delights and show you how quick and easy to make them in your own home.
Jack of all trades!
What to expect at Paula's place
This was nothing short of phenomenal. To begin with, I was greatly impressed that Paula was willing to have me, a vegan, join a group of five non-vegans. She prepared four different types of vegan dumplings just for me. That, by itself, was really impressive. Even more amazing, the actual dumplings were incredible. It was really nice to have the vegan food be not be simply an afterthought but rather something that she had put some real thought and considerable skill and effort into pulling together. Beyond the vegan aspect, the actual experience was truly spectacular. She is a talented cook and instructor and did a great job of explaining dim sum, dumplings, and the various ways to make the four different types that we made. We probably spent around 4 hours making and eating the dumplings, but it didn’t feel like hours of work. Rather, it was a really relaxed time of learning about the culture and food of dim sum while getting to hang out with interesting people and enjoy obscenely delicious food. It really was fantastically fun and delicious, and I simply can not recommend this highly enough.
A fantastic way to spend an afternoon. For the same price as going for a dim sum meal, Paula welcomed myself and 5 other guests to teach us the intricacies of 4 different types of dumplings. There was a wide range of fillings including vegan and vegetarian. Paula was very knowledgable and makes it all look far too easy... Plus you get to take all of leftovers home! Make sure to go hungry...