Chinese Dim Sum Brunch Cooking Party

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Steam tables. Rolling carts. Quick chopsticks. That's what you'd find at a typical dim sum house. But in our kitchen, we're taking a step back and making our dim sum from scratch so we can fully appreciate the time, effort and craft that goes into each delicious morsel that we often take for granted.

The unique culinary art of dim sum originated with the Cantonese in southern China and it stemmed from roadside tea houses. These days, dim sum is a popular way to enjoy Chinese cuisine and is often considered a breakfast or brunch meal. In this hands on and interactive kitchen class, Dabblers will learn about the history dim sum, discuss proper dim sum etiquette, and make some of the various types of dumplings and dishes that are popular on dim sum menus including:

Chinese Dim Sum Brunch Menu:

Pork ginger & mushroom shu mai - Steamed dumplings with pork, ginger & mushroom

Chicken potstickers - Northern Chinese style of dumpling usually with meat and cabbage filling

Lion's head meatball soup - Finely ground pork meatballs are simmered in a broth with napa cabbage

Crab Rangoon - Savory crab and seasoned cream cheese fried in ruffled dough

Soy & cilantro tilapia - Tilapia fish steamed & topped with soy & cilantro, served with rice

Steamed pork bao - Steamed pork-filled buns

Coconut milk fruit - exotic fruits steeped in coconut milk

Tea service - green tea

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Joelen Kenny

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Joelen Tan is a Chicago area private caterer and former restaurant chef behind the 'What's Cookin, Chicago?' website. Joelen has been recognized in both local and national media and has worked with celebrity chefs including Rick Bayless, Spike Mendelsohn, and Marcela Valladolid. Since 2007, she has been teaching culinary classes, hosting culinary events in Chicagoland and does recipe development work with major food brands including Sara Lee, Pepperidge Farms, Campbell's, Kraft, Frito Lay and Starbucks to name a few.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Laura G.
    Reviewed on 10/28/13

    Delicious food for someone never having tried this cuisine.

    Delicious food for someone never having tried this cuisine.

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    Kristen K.
    Reviewed on 10/20/13

    Originally I was extremely excited to take this class, as it combined two of my interests: Dim Sum, and COOKING. I did no such cooking in this class. We did not do any real food prep either, other than filling pre-made dough packets with pre-prepped meat. The thing I'm disappointed with most is that this class was called a COOKING party, but there was no cooking, or any real involvement beyond what I call a helpful hand in a cooking demonstration. The menu was slightly disappointing as well, as it veered from Dim Sum, which is fine if you've called the class something other than "Dim Sum". I came to the class hoping to learn to cook what I love to eat, not to eat mediocre versions of what I can pay a lot less for and taste better.

    I have no ill-thoughts about the teacher, I was just led to believe I was paying to DO something (other than stuff wrappers and eat).

    Originally I was extremely excited to take this class, as it combined two of my interests: Dim Sum, and COOKING. I did no such cooking in this class. We did not do any real food prep either, other than filling pre-made dough packets with pre-prepped meat. The thing I'm disappointed with most is that this class was called a COOKING party, but there was no cooking, or any real involvement beyond what I call a helpful hand in a cooking demonstration. The menu was slightly disappointing as well, as it veered from Dim Sum, which is fine if you've called the class something other than "Dim Sum". I came to the class hoping to learn to cook what I love to eat, not to eat mediocre versions of what I can pay a lot less for and taste better.

    I have no ill-thoughts about the teacher, I was just led to believe I was paying to DO something (other than stuff wrappers and eat).

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