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photo by: Courtesy: Lucky Seb’s

When owner Will Soo had a number of baked potatoes left from a previous menu offering, he started experimenting with the idea of a loaded, baked potato stuffed inside a dumpling dough. The result was a new special Lucky Seb’s Dumpling Bar & Grill has offered since it opened in March.

We Have the Recipe for a Michelin-Starred Chef’s Seafood Dumplings

In the long, long list of food we’ve craved over the past 12 months, Brandon Jew’s entire Michelin-starred menu has remained stubbornly front of mind. Now, thanks to the release, earlier this week, of his new cookbook — Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese American Food — there’s the slight (extremely slight but definitely non-zero) chance that we’ll be able to replicate at least parts of it at home.

Here, Jew shares his recipe for seafood shui jiao, his exceptional dumplings. Obviously, we went straight to the source for tips on how not to screw this up.

“When making dumplings, test one before making a whole batch,” Jew says. “A double check to ensure you are happy with the results is useful in thinking through the rest of the dish.” Another advisory for the fast-moving home chef: “The other tip I’d say is to

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Learn to make tasty noodles, dumplings and more

<p>Each guide is packed with knowledge, experience and expertise </p> (The Independent)

Each guide is packed with knowledge, experience and expertise

(The Independent)

For a long time, the idea of attempting to make Chinese food at home would spark trepidation in western home cooks. The seemingly endless list of ingredients, cooking tools and new techniques required was daunting.

But over the years, attitudes have changed, with people becoming more inquisitive and welcoming of new regional cuisines and flavours.

The increasing availability of essential Chinese ingredients on supermarket shelves is also emboldening for home cooks who are looking to try their hand at something new.

Read more: Restaurant cookbooks for delicious lockdown recipes, from Dishoom to Leon

Even if you can’t find a specific ingredient in Sainsbury’s or Morrisons, the number of online Asian grocers that have popped up to fill the gap is nothing short of a miracle for home cooks.

These days, there is nothing quite as exciting as opening up

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Silky Pork Dumplings, Good Luck Soup, and a Big Bowl of Kimchi

“I always look forward to Lunar New Year, but New Year’s Eve seems to just creep up on you, especially when you have restaurants,” says Sohui Kim, chef and co-owner of Insa (as well as The Good Fork, which closed in 2020, and Gage & Tollner, which is due to open in 2021). “It’s a big deal at the restaurant, and I’m usually at work—so I never get my act together to celebrate it properly.”

Still, she always finds a way to make the holiday special, usually by cooking a meal for extended family at her home in Brooklyn. This year, Kim says the celebration will require some improvising—and some Zoom time. “The shadow of the coronavirus is pretty dark—so we have to be strategic in how we do it,” she notes. Having video guests may make this Lunar New Year feel a bit different than those in the

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