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Cooking Class: Chinese Soup Dumplings with Helen Jiao of Helen’s Asian Kitchen

April 18, 2018 6:00 pm @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are delighted to welcome Helen Jiao back to our kitchens for a return engagement of one of our most popular classes ever — Chinese Soup Dumplings!

Despite their common name of soup dumplings, xiaolongbao are technically a type of steamed bun (baozi) prepared in a bamboo steaming basket (xiaolong). They are incredibly delicate creations, smooth and translucent, pinched into pleated perfection prior to steaming and filled with pockets of gelatinized broth. When steamed, the broth melts into the burst of flavorful soup that makes xiaolongbao so addictive.

To eat them properly, bring them gently to your lips with chopsticks, take a smallbite from the folds of dough, and let the steaming soup burst forth. In China, Helen says, people tend to think of dumplings as a holiday dish, because of their labor-intensive nature.

In this class, we will make two fillings and learn two classic dumpling folds and cooking methods — steaming and pan-frying. We will also make Scallion Pancakes. Students will make plenty of dumplings to enjoy during the class and take home.


Meet the Chef

Helen Jiao is the owner of Helen’s Asian Kitchen, a treasured authentic Chinese restaurant on the north side of Columbus. Helen hails from Shijiazhuang, the capital city of the Hebei province of China. Like most Chinese women, she learned to cook from the other women in her family. In 1997, she followed through on her family’s longtime dream moving to America. Her husband and son would follow years later, but meanwhile Helen picked up on restaurant management skills while working as a host at Olive Garden. She saw a need for authentic, homestyle Sichuan flavors in Columbus, and jumped at the opportunity to open her own place in January 2012.

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April 18, 2018 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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