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Virtual Dumpling Masterclass with David Zhou

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Celebrate World Dumpling Day with a Dumpling Masterclass
Saturday 26th September is World Dumpling Day, and dumpling lovers can celebrate by learning the art of dumpling making from the master. David Zhou, who has run the Oriental Teahouse restaurant for over 20 years, will lead you through this online session. You will hear what makes World Dumpling Day so important for the Oriental Teahouse family, as well as exploring dumpling do's and don'ts, and learning a little of the history of dim sum. Importantly, you will discover how to cook David's favourite family recipes that hero the humble dumpling. The session will cover three simple recipes.

Virtual Dumpling Masterclass with David Zhou
David Zhou - dumpling master - will lead you through a masterclass to celebrate World Dumpling Day

"Dumplings or dim sum loosely translates to 'touch of the heart' in Chinese", says David Zhou. "Making food in a meaningful way or from the heart is helpful during this challenging time. Whether you live with your family or by yourself, making food that is special in some way - it's like yoga or meditation."

Virtual Dumpling Masterclass with David Zhou
Wonton soup - one of the dishes to be covered in the masterclass

To accompany the masterclass, you can order a $90 World Dumpling Day hamper which includes:

- DIY prawn and mushroom pack: prawn, mushroom, bamboo shoots, spring onion and sesame (30 pieces)

- DIY veggie pack: bok choy, water chestnut, black mushroom, bamboo shoots, tofu, celery, pumpkin, spring onion and sesame (30 pieces)

- Chef-made pan-fried pork dumplings (20 pieces)

- Chef-made mixed signature dumplings pack: prawn, roast duck, shu mai, veggie, ginger prawn (10 pieces)

- A traditional dumpling basket set

- Condiments including a jar of homemade chilli sauce, and

- Link and QR code to David Zhou's video masterclass (can be played on mobile, laptop, or cast to the TV).

Pre-order is available up until 24th September. Deliveries are available to 40km around Melbourne for $10.

Virtual Dumpling Masterclass with David Zhou
Learn how to make these succulent fried crispy wontons with homemade chilli oil as part of the masterclass

Zhou says: "When we were open, I often saw tables with different generations, it was so common. If yum cha can bring people of all ages together - this is what I hope can still be experienced at home with our dumpling packs."

So order your pack today and enjoy a glass of wine or beer as you cook along with David Zhou. There will be guest cameos from some of the Oriental Teahouse clan, including Grandma Zhou, a reminder that dumplings are best (virtually) shared with your loved ones.

For more information, go to the website. You can order via Mr Yum (35km radius), Colab Pantry (40km radius), or by phoning the Oriental Teahouse on (03) 9826 0168.
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When: World Dumpling Day - 26th September 2020. (Pre-order your Dumpling Kit by 24th September)
Phone: (03) 9826 0168
Where: Your home or venue of your choice
Cost: $90 for your World Dumpling Day Dumpling Pack
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