Dumpling Dojo is not only about serving great dumplings but also about art and tradition.
Dumpling making is a complicated art that requires the efforts of a small team to produce those meat and veggie-filled pouches of heaven. On special occasions my family would assemble in the kitchen where everyone would be assigned a task on our dumpling assembly line. My grandmother’s expert hands skillfully kneaded the dough, my mother and aunts prepared the filling, and my brothers and I would use our tiny fingers to pinch the dumplings shut.
The art of dumpling making has been passed down through generations and has followed my family from China to USA. Over time some of our recipes have evolved to reflect a modern twist on traditional flavors. In 2012, I decided to share my culture, art, tradition and dumplings with you.
Take part in our tradition as we take you on a culinary journey from the main land to main street.
Be your own food ninja-Control your own elements
After practice Riyu gets hungry so he and his fellow yellow belts go to the nearest street vendor for the quickest meal. After lunch they return to the dojo, feeling sluggish and lacking energy, the team doesn’t perform well. The Sensei is unhappy and sends the team home early. While the boys went to play Riyu was distraught. He stayed after to seek clarification from the Sensei. He said, “a meal is not about satisfaction, it’s about sustenance.”
Unaware of the actual meaning, Riyu finds his way home. Upon reaching home his Grandma notices the unenthusiastic look on his face, “what’s wrong” she asks. Riyu explains their bad practice and lack of effort then goes on to tell her what the Sensei advised him of. He told me “A meal is not about satisfaction, it’s about sustenance”. She replies, He’s absolutely right, your body is your machine, the food you put in it is your fuel, your nourishment, and your energy.
Grandma makes Riyu sit down at the table. She makes Riyu a hearty meal with high-energy foods, he’s becomes intrigued with the various foods he can create that will provide him with energy and will enable him to perform at a higher level without feeling sluggish.
Grandma says, “you can eat anything you like just as long as it’s made with the right ingredients.” “The kitchen is your dojo, be your own food ninja and control your own elements.”
DUMPLING DOJO | Annapolis
2002 Annapolis Mall
Annapolis, MD 21401
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7101 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817