Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Shaolin,
When the dough lay round about, plump and full and steaming…

While the weather was wild and windy last Saturday 14th December, inside UK Shaolin Temple, a hearty gathering of our members learned how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. While it is not the usual choice for the Festive season, the attendees tried their hands at making fresh vegetarian dumplings filled with kow choi, shitake mushrooms, spring onions, and bamboo shoots. Attendees of all ages learned to fill and shape their parcels under the skilled instruction of Candy Lam, a long-time friend and volunteer of UKST. Each batch was cooked fresh and served during the event. True to the norm, everyone became quickly stuffed. But it made a welcomed change not to be stuffed with Christmas Turkey, or sweets!

Chinese New Year is the traditional time to prepare Chinese dumplings for your friends and family. For those of you who attended our workshop, we expect you to be ready to make your own by the New Year. If you try to make your own at home, be sure to share your efforts with us on social media and tag us in your post.