News just in from the CHS Capitol Hill Blog. Uyen Pham — who was inspired by NYC’s Rickshaw Dumpling Bar — is set to open a dumpling house of her own next month in the former Siam on Broadway. Pham’s Dumpling Dojo will only be housed there temporarily, says CHS, as Bank of America has plans to take over that site. Speaking of dumpling dojos, I’ll be elsewhere on Capitol Hill tomorrow as the willing student of dumpling diva Andrea Nguyen. Andrea’s in town this week to promote her latest cookbook “Asian Dumplings” — and host a (sold out) lunch at Bellevue’s Monsoon East.
I’ve got the goods here at home, now all I need is some hands-on instruction.
Am I excited? Oh, yeah. I’ve yet to master the art, and though my radio sidekick Dick Stein (who’ll be along for the lesson) swears he makes some mighty fine xiao long bao, even he is hot to learn a few new tricks.
Nah, these aren’t Stein’s, but don’t they look good?
You’ll hear more from us on that count after we catch up with Andrea. Meanwhile, if you’re planning on trying some DIY-dumpling-action in honor of the Lunar New Year — which falls on Valentine’s Day (sweet!) — here’s a tempting tutorial from the dexterous Ms. Nguyen: