Wherever you travel, there are dumplings. For the Italians, it's gnocchi. The Polish have their perogies. In South America, you indulge in empanadas.
Last week, we went to Haven's Kitchen for their Handmade Asian Dumpling class. We booked this cooking class off of Gilt City, a discounted experience not to be discounted. Weeks before, I found myself stumbling into Haven's Kitchen just to peek around. Haven's Kitchen is in this renovated carriage house in the heart of Chelsea. The front part of the place is a store, carefully curated with items to fill your kitchen with. Upstairs is a beautiful space for private events. In the back, is the kitchen where you can learn about sustainable, seasonal food.
We put our aprons on and were put to work.
Our teacher deemed Jaclyn, the Italian girl who knows her way all to well around the kitchen, as the "perfect one." You could tell what kind of student she was growing up, so invested in getting the shiny sticker on her test. This translated in her attempt to make the perfect dumpling. As for Brooke, aside from making dumplings, she provided much of the entertainment, from the dough on her face to singing along to old Nelly Furtado songs.
The class was very hands-on, we each had our own working station. The first task was to make pork and chive dumplings. And yes, Jaclyn, that is a perfect dumpling.
And Natalie's dumpling too.
Haven's Kitchen was very accommodating, especially for our one vegetarian, providing her with a delicious alternative option replacing pork with mushrooms. After we finished up the pork and chive dumplings with seasonal ramps, we made shrimp wontons to be served in soup for dinner. Hillary and Jill make this look easy.
Jill and Jess, teacher's pets?
Connie Sun of Bite Size Kitchen taught the class, giving tips on where to get the best ingredients for authentic homemade dumplings.
As for dessert, we prepped my personal favorite - the Berry Ricotta Spring Roll. With seasonal berries, simple syrup, nutmeg, cayenne and fresh ricotta with honey, once deep fried, it was love at first bite. It was berry good.
Rollin' with the homies.
It was a great way to spend a week night with your girlfriends, to play catch up while learning to make something new. This was one class I didn't want to end. By the end of class, we were all hungry and couldn't wait to try out our little dumplings.
Time to eat!
After class had ended, we packed up the leftovers (which we didn't think there would be any of) and put them in our gifted Haven's Kitchen tote bags. And then we headed upstairs as we were curious to see what was up there. What a great event space to have a private party!
All you need is love and a night learning to make dumplings with your girlfriends.
For the calendar of their upcoming classes, click here.
Stay bitten ;)