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...


Libby Koponen said...

Grace! I am so glad you are writing DUMPLING DAYS, I always thought it sounded like a really good story and I love the title.

Believe it or not, I used to make dumpllngs all the time when I lived way out in the country -- the only way to get dumplings was to make them myself.

This was of course before the gluten-free days....and they were SO good! Now if only someone would make the skins out of RICE flour only I could still eat them.

Anyway, I can imagine how yummy yours are!

Elaine Magliaro said...


Your dumplings look a lot nicer than my pierogis!

Lisa Yee said...

Grace, shhh . . . just between you and me, I buy the frozen dumplings.

alvinaling said...

I buy frozen dumplings, too--from a place called Good Dumpling House! They're good. But your dumplings look especially delicious!

Grace Lin said...

I usually do the frozen ones too...but the homemade ones are better!

web said...

That brings back memories -- Dumpling Soup was one of the very first picture books I reviewed.

Libby, I wouldn't be at all surprised if you can find rice wraps. I was gluten-free for awhile and found all sorts of goodies in Asian markets.

Christine Tripp said...

I make my own dumplings but I CHEAT and use wonton wrapers, or if my store is out of them, egg roll warps. The making of the pastry would just do me in. Did you make your own?
In mine I use shrimp mostly (as I love shrimp) but have used pork.
The Yang family recipe looks wonderful, I have to try that one.