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Dumplings, Fried Rice, Bao Buns, Hot Cakes, Sesame Noodles, and Other Delicious Dim Sum—50 Recipes Inspired by Life in Chinatown

Foreword by Maneet Chauhan

"The absolute best dumplings in New York." —New York Magazine

From acclaimed chef Chris Cheung comes a cookbook inspired by the old tea houses of New York's Chinatown
with a foreword by Maneet Chauhan, celebrity chef, author, and judge on The Food Network's Chopped

There is a particular region in today's renaissance of Chinese cooking that is often overlooked: Chinatown. In other words, Chinese food cooked in Chinatown for the Chinese community—stir-fried noodles, bao buns, pork buns, scallion pancakes, wontons, potstickers, spring rolls, the list goes on. At the very center of this beloved cuisine were the old tea houses that served countless mouth-watering snacks and treats, providing delicious affordable fuel that fed the working class community.

Like many great chefs, Chris Cheung was inspired by the places he grew up eating in. The food of these tea houses is the central philosophy behind Cheung's ever-popular restaurant East Wind Snack Shop, which first opened in 2015 and now has four locations in Brooklyn. There, Chef Cheung's focuses primarily on an endeavor he calls "chasing the perfect dumpling." Whether it's making the dough from scratch, grinding the meat, hand-folding each skin, or perfecting exact cooking temperatures, Cheung has painstakingly agonized over every specific detail that goes into cooking an understated masterpiece. 

In addition to learning his technique for creating what New York Magazine called the "Absolute Best Dumplings in NY," this cookbook teaches readers how to make all kind of classic delight reminiscent of the golden age in Chinatown, such as:

  • Potstickers
  • Spring Rolls
  • Scallion Pancakes
  • Wonton Soup
  • Soup Dumplings
  • Fried Wontons
  • Gwa Bao Buns
  • General Tso's Chicken
  • Beef and Broccoli
  • Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings)
  • Fried Rice
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Cold Sesame Noodles
  • Roast Pork
  • Salt and Pepper Shrimp
  • Stir-Fried Noodles
  • Egg Tarts
  • Tea Eggs
  • Congee
  • Hong Kong Hot Cakes
  • Sesame Balls
  • Bubble Tea

Like Cheung's restaurants, this cookbook is a tribute to both the food served in those wonderful Chinatown establishments and the community they fed, the food Chris loves to cook, which he says give us "a few moments of happiness that bring us back to our childhood."

Praise for Chris Cheung and East Wind Snack Shop:

"A homage to the [Chinatown's] bygone working-class coffeehouses, run by immigrants who, like Mr. Cheung’s grandparents, came from Taishan, in Guangdong Province." —The New York Times

Thanks for making it all make brilliant sense." —Anthony Bourdain, on Chris Cheung's knowledge of New York's Chinatowns

"The absolute best dumplings in New York." —New York Magazine

"I picked up my life and moved just to be closer to this Brooklyn dumpling spot. . . . I looked down at my table full of gorgeous stir-fried vegetables, plump dumplings, and pork belly bao, and knew: I was home." —Bon Appétit

"Brooklyn's best (Bao) buns." —Brooklyn Magazine

"A skilled craftsman." —The Village Voice

"A dumpling destination." —Grub Street

"Stellar dumplings . . . The pork dumplings and dry-aged beef potstickers are certainly fantastic, but it’s chef Chris Cheung’s gwa bao-style bun, which places caramelized pork belly on top of the bun rather than inside of it, that has earned the most street cred among in-the-know diners." —Eater

"Dumplings aren't just a lowbrow option for a quick bite—especially with a Nobu vet doing the steaming. That's the story behind East Wind Snack Shop, a brand new chopsticks spot in Windsor Terrace specializing in dumplings, buns and other quickly inhaled Chinese foods." —Gothamist