Cooking Dumplings with Top Chef KBC

Late last year I saw a post on Instagram where my favorite Peloton Instructor (Emma) shared her holiday tradition of making dumplings from scratch. I was hooked and determined to learn this skill. So it began, the search for a hands-on cooking class to become an expert at folding dumplings.

Virtual Dumpling Cooking Class

Last week a friend sent me a link to a virtual cooking class with Chef Kelsey Bernard Clark at Eat KBC. Kelsey owns KBC in Dothan, Alabama and is a recent Top Chef winner. After reviewing the class description I was beyond excited, this is exactly what I was looking for and now I can do it the comfort of my own home!

The class was just under an hour with roughly 40 participants on the zoom call. The agenda was packed with step by step instructions on how to make pork dumplings along with her Mai Tai cocktail recipe.

The filling included pork and edamame along with other fresh ingredients. We spent at least 15 minutes perfecting the folding technique. I learned the perfect dumpling has eight folds, I was able to get seven 😉 Once dumplings are assembled they need to be steamed for roughly 3 minutes and finish with a final sear for about a minute. The Ponzu dipping sauce was unlike anything I had ever tasted. I stood at the edge of the kitchen counter and couldn’t stop eating them.

If you are looking for a fun and different cooking experience I highly recommend. I am looking forward to hosting a dinner party with friends to gather and make dumplings. Kelsey is working to publish a cookbook in the next year and this recipe will be featured.

Can You Freeze Asian Dumplings?

Yes uncooked dumplings can be prepared ahead of time and frozen.  Place on parchment or aluminum covered baking sheets.  Make sure the dumplings are in a single layer and are not touching.  Place in freezer until frozen solid.  Once frozen transfer to freezer bag and store for up to three months.