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  • [Cooking Class] Chinese Dumpling 101: Lamb & Chicken

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    "A HUGE HIT with my family. If there's one course you must take, it's this one." - Robyn Leigh -
    • Why Join: Signature class - delivered 100+ dumpling classes since 2017 ✌️ / Halal
    • Protein: Chicken AND lamb, prawn (optional)
    • Can't Accomodate: Red meat free, pescatarian, gluten free
    • Ideal For: Family & friends bonding, Private party, Home entertainment
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    Unlock Chinese & Korean dumpling secrets with ease

    Say farewell to those dumpling cravings with our Dumpling 101 course! Join our interactive class to master the art of crafting delectable dumplings. Since 2017, we've conducted over 100 classes, closely monitoring the challenges faced by our 1,000+ students when recreating them at home. We've refined our teaching to ensure your success. In this course, we won't just provide you with recipes; we'll share the fundamental principles of dumpling-making, empowering you to create succulent dishes with any protein you desire. Now, savour restaurant-quality masterpieces at home, just like the Asians do!

    - Dress code: Long sleeves (to protect against oil splashing), comfortable clothing and shoes. Tie back long hair, and keep jewellery minimal.

    - Halal class: Scroll down to discover more in our FAQs section.

      - Essential ingredients (required for all customers' consumption): chicken, lamb, soy sauce, miso paste, wheat, oyster sauce, sesame, mushrooms

      - Customisable ingredients (swap or skip): prawn, fish sauce, coriander

      Part 1. Preparation*
      - Northern Chinese lamb filling
      - Korean kimchi chicken filling
      - Korean soy sauce vinaigrette

      Part 2. Making dumplings
      - Setting up the station
      - Folding techniques: do & don't
      - Storage solutions

      Part 3. Cooking & serving dumplings
      - Steamed dumplings
      - Wonton soup (boiled in Asian home-made stock)
      - Boiled dumplings + red oil sauce and coriander
      - Potsticker dumplings

      *Using store-bought dumpling wrappers: We don't make wrappers in class.
      - To save you a significant amount of time, your sanity (and ours too), and a tremendous amount of effort.
      - Unless you're a super experienced pasta-making master, store-bought wrappers deliver a superior taste when cooked.

      - All sales are final, and no refunds are given. Date changes are allowed if made more than 28 days from the class date. Between 28-14 days, changes will incur a R 200 fee/person. Within 14 days of the class, no date changes can be made under any circumstances. Please send someone else in your place.

      - Please review the dietary information for each class to ensure its suitability, especially when booking for a group: We do not accept cancellations due to dietary misalignment. Please read the full T&Cs here

      - Class size: 12-14 guests. Don’t worry if you come alone – it’s a great way to meet new people and have a laugh.

      - Admission is strictly limited to home cooks: no chefs & food business owners are accepted. Right of admission is reserved.

      FAQs

      We are situated in Waterfall Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg: just 5 minutes from The Mall of Africa, and 30 minutes from Johannesburg, Pretoria, and the Airport. Scroll down to view the Google Map in this page.

      Our goal is to boost your home cooking confidence with engaging culinary education, structured into three phases:

      • Reception (15 mins before class): Welcome with our signature drink and potstickers.
      • Preparation & Knowledge Transfer (2.5 hours): Learn ingredient sourcing, prep, and key techniques with lots of tasting and laughters. NO DRINKING during this time.
      • Cooking & Dining (1.5 hours): After the hard work, cook, enjoy the meal, and share laughter.

      We don't have individual cooking stations where all clients get to cook their own, but we cook communally as a team. Your involvement in the class is up to you, depending on whether you prefer to observe, take notes, or get in on the action. Certain classes are way more hands-on than others. Dumpling 101 classes, for example, requires all clients to fold their own dumplings. Each class typically has 12-14 clients, so we are big enough to have fun but small enough to stay intimate.

      For three reasons:

      • Better Learning Experience: We often handle unfamiliar dishes, new ingredients, and new cooking techniques. When clients are fully occupied with hands-on cooking, their ability to absorb new information may diminish, resulting in reduced knowledge retention. With our approach, which combines 50% demonstration and 50% hands-on cooking by volunteers, you benefit from multiple sources of knowledge. You receive instruction from the chef, engage in Q&A sessions with other participants, and learn from volunteers' mistakes. Additionally, experiencing the superbly cooked original recipe provides a reliable reference for your future home cooking endeavors.
      • Catering to Different Learning Styles: We recognize that people learn differently. Some prefer hands-on experience, others prefer observation, and some simply enjoy the meal. Our communal approach accommodates all learning styles and facilitates learning from each other's experiences.
      • Covering More Recipes: A 100% hands-on approach would require additional time for demonstration and replication, limiting class capacity to a maximum of two dishes. Our communal cooking style allows us to efficiently cover 3-4 recipes in a single class.

      Our halal classes are thoughtfully designed to meet Muslim dietary requirements:

      • Pork and Alcohol-Free: We ensure that all dishes are completely free of pork and alcohol, including the ingredients in sauces and condiments.
      • Certified Halal Meat: We exclusively source our meat from certified halal butchers, such as Faheem's Meat & Deli, Forsmay Butcher, and Chalmer Beef.
      • Authentic Flavors: Our classes primarily focus on Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, which traditionally do not use alcohol in their cooking. By substituting the protein source, we make these dishes halal without compromising their authentic flavors. We also modify classes like Korean Fried Chicken to be halal.

      Not Halal-Certified: While we take great care to provide halal options, we are not halal-certified vendor. Additionally, our regular halal classes, which are also open to the public, may include non-Muslim customers who choose to enjoy a glass of wine with their meal.

      For those seeking an entirely alcohol-free environment, we offer private classes for groups of 12-14 or semi-private events with a minimum of 6 people. To arrange a drinking-free halal class, please provide a 2-month notice to help us promote it to our halal clientele.

      Don't let the term "halal" deter you: these classes will offer the same authentic recipes, prepared without pork and alcohol. These classes primarily delve into Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, where alcohol is not typically used in cooking. By substituting the main protein source, we make these classes halal to accommodate Muslim clients without altering the integrity of the original flavors.

      Nothing but healthy appetite and humor; we handle the rest. Arrive on time in comfy clothes and shoes for 4 hours of cooking.

      Yes, but with restrictions: ½ bottle of wine or 2 cans (330ml) of beer per person and no hard liquor.

      Most red wines don't pair nicely with Asian food due to the frequent use of vinegar, acidity, and fermented ingredients. Our all-time favorite is G&T, and we run a G&T bar in the class.

      14 years old: anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

      All sales are final, and no refunds are given. Date changes are allowed if made more than 28 days from the class date. Between 28-14 days, changes will incur a R 200 fee/person. Within 14 days of the class, no date changes can be made under any circumstances. Please send someone else in your place.

      Please review the dietary information for each class to ensure its suitability, especially when booking for a group: we do not accept cancellations due to dietary misalignment. Please read the full Ts & Cs here.

      Due to potential conflicts of interest and the protection of our intellectual property (IP). In the past, our recipes were published in trade magazines, sold to restaurants and catering businesses, used to launch new cooking classes in Limpopo - all without our knowledge.

      Considering the 100 hours invested in developing each class, it is our responsibility to safeguard our IP. Clients will only receive hard copies of recipes and our classes are strictly limited to home cooks.

      Restaurant consulting and chef’s training on specific skills (e.g. stir-frying) are separate services offered, please contact us for more information.

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