The Year of the Dumpling: Asian Cooking Classes in Melbourne

The dim sum challenge is on! Ready to take back the crown, Melbourne?

Creativity 7 min read Sep 25, 2019

This just in: Sydney now holds the world record in dumpling eating! To usher in the Lunar New Year, 764 dim sum lovers dined together this week at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, each foodie snacking on a pair or more of those tasty little morsels. The not-so-good news: This beats the previous global record of 750 people, which Melbourne had held since 2013. We wuz robbed!

So you know what that means. We need to up the ante, people! With an entire year to prep, we’ve put together these fantastic Asian cooking classes around the city, to whet your appetite and get everyone ready to take back the crown. Yaaas, we can do this! 🥟💪🐷

Asian Street Foods by The Humble Dumpling

We’ve got one word for you, well, three words: Guinness World Records. Surely, that’s motivation enough to book this class and crank up your yen for yum cha! Omm.

The Humble Dumpling will satisfy your hunger pangs for potstickers, pork buns, spring onion pancakes, wonder bao, and more. Incidentally, these are the same exact dishes guaranteed by the laws of feng shui to help you win at life in the Year of the Pig. Well, not really; but then again, when did you ever need an excuse to make dumplings at the drop of a hat?

Also, it’s pretty yummeeeh!

Every Day Thai by Trupp-The Chefs Table Cooking School

Did someone say Thai food? Bet the mere thought of (insert your fave meat or seafood here) cooked in coconut milk and chili is making your mouth water! If you suddenly developed strong cravings for some Thai takeout, put away that app because you’re in for a real treat at Trupp.

Because why even go out to an expensive restaurant, when you can whip up some Thai fine dining at home? This uniquely Asian cooking class will teach you how to prepare everything from sweets and salads to snacks and of course, Thailand’s famous curries. Hot, hot, hot!

No need to worry about a thing; the Trupp Team will provide all the ingredients, tools, plus a recipe book to practise on at home. Just bring your desire to learn resto-quality cooking skills and you’re good to go.

Curries Masterclass by Trupp-The Chefs Table Cooking School

And speaking of curry, prepare to set your senses on fire! Trupp will teach you how to make curry dishes that are rich in flavour and will give you a proper boost of energy. Who says healthy eating has to mean bland, boring meals?

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Green Chicken Curry Recipe. Today we would love to share with you one of our favourite curry recipes. Its a spicy dish with a lot of flavours, good for warming up in winter, and quick and easy to prepare. Enjoy it! Ingredients For the curry paste ½ bunch coriander or basil 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 lemongrass, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1cm piece ginger, finely chopped 3 small hot green chillies, finely chopped (include the seeds) 1 larger, mild-to-medium green chilli, finely chopped (include the seeds) ½ tsp each ground cumin and coriander ¼ tsp black pepper 10 kaffir lime leaves 1 tbsp lime juice 1 tsp liquid coconut oil from Coconut Revolution For the curry 1 tbsp liquid coconut oil 400ml coconut milk 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces 2 tsp fish sauce ½ tsp palm sugar 4 lime leaves 100g snow peas, thinly sliced lengthways 100g green beans, halved lengthways To serve 2 spring onions, finely shredded 1/3 coriander sprigs chopped Thai fragrant rice, cooked Lime wedges Method For the curry paste, finely chop the coriander stalks and put them into a mini food blender or small food processor with the shallots, lemongrass, garlic and ginger. Pulse until as smooth as you can get it. Add the chilies, three quarters of the coriander leaves, the ground cumin, coriander, pepper, lime leaves and lime juice, then pulse again. Mix in the oil and set aside. You will only be using half of this paste; the rest can be chilled for a couple of days, or frozen for up to a month. For the curry, heat the oil in a deep sauté pan, stir in half the curry paste, then stir-fry for 1 min. Shake the coconut milk in its can, open, then pour two-thirds into the pan. Let it bubble away for 4-5 mins, stirring now and then, until reduced and thickened slightly. Tip in the chicken, then stir-fry for 1-2 mins until no longer pink. Stir in the fish sauce and sugar, then pour in the rest of the coconut milk to give a thinnish, creamy sauce. Lower the heat, add the lime leaves, then simmer for 5 mins to gently finish cooking the chicken.

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Can’t tell one type of curry from another? Well, who can? Thai, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan cuisines all use the popular spice, after all. But we do know one thing: Each country offers a unique and complex mix of herbs and seasonings, and you can learn everything you need to know in this Melbourne cooking class!

Discover the curries of the world as you master the art of preparing delectable, healthy meals. Trupp will demonstrate how to make both wet and dry curry spice mixes, in order to produce specific flavor results in your meat, poultry, seafood, vegies, and more.

Get ready to impress with your own version of curry. But a warning: Your expert cooking skills may bring curry-craving guests to your door!

Asian Inspired Duck by Luv-a-Duck

Looking for the best duck dish in Melbourne? Look no further than your very own kitchen! Duck is a versatile base for many delicious recipes, from the staple curry and satay to pilaf and even pancakes! Duck for breakfast? Yes, please!

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Learn how to cook sumptuous dishes at Luv-a-Duck with spices and flavours that work impeccably with duck. Bet your mates can’t wait to dig in to some Thai Peking duck salad, duck satay with satay sauce, or duck and noodle soup. You’ll come away with mad skills, savour a sit-down banquet of duck dishes (of course) and wine, and save on all Luv-a-Duck bought on the day.

Seasonal Ferments: Kimchi + Kombucha by Bee Sustainable

We like our meals delicious but also easy on the gut. Come to Bee Sustainable and try your hand at preparing kombucha and the Korean hit kimchi, which are both known not just for their tasty flavours but also for their numerous health benefits. Win-win!

If you’re new to home fermenting, an age-old practice for maintaining gut health, this is definitely the Melbourne cooking class for you. DIYing this technique is light on the budget, plus you can be as fun and creative as you like with mixing and matching ingredients.

Fun and creative, you say? Kombucha jello shots come to mind. Party in your mouth? Check! Happy tummy? Check!

Wine Dinners at Kenzan Japanese Restaurant by Fine Wine Appreciation

Wearing your fancy pants today? Since you’re all dressed up, here’s the perfect place to go: Kenzan Japanese Restaurant for a luxurious wine dinner! Taste some of the world’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and learn how to uncover balance, textures, and new flavor profiles, just like a real wine connoisseur. Fine wine with a meticulously-prepared six-course Japanese meal? Oh, yes!

If you already love sushi and sashimi as much as we do, grab your spot and make your way to Flinders Lane. You deserve THIS.

Hungry yet? We feel you. So go book an Asian cooking class today and let’s get this show on the road. And to you, Sydney, challenge accepted. We will see you in January 2020! 😘😋🤙