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Dumpling Dissertation

Dumpling Dissertation

Dumpling Dissertation

It was Chinese New Year, and Duke Pathology PhD students gathered for a dumpling retreat in celebration of the”Year of the Dog”. Organized by Yuanfan Yang and hosted by Steven Shen, the event turned out to be both delicious and informative. For many of us, myself included, it was the first time we would make dumplings from scratch. The learning curve was steep: the perfect dumpling requires delicious meat or vegetable filling, a precise filling to dough ratio, and a particular style of crimping to ensure successful closure. There were many failed attempts before getting it right – fortunately we had experienced dumplingologists in our midst to guide us. By the end of the event, after our trials through dumpling experimentation, we had succeeded in preparing dumplings three ways (steamed, boiled, and fried) and had gained an appreciation for the work behind the finished product. I found that enduring the heat in the beginning was crucial to making it through to the delectable conclusion.

 

Dumplings being produced at one of the many stations set up throughout the venue.

Dumplings being produced at one of the many stations set up throughout the venue

 

The experts hard at work.

The experts hard at work

 

In the midst of the difficult, yet fun dumpling-making process.

In the midst of the difficult, yet fun dumpling-making process

 

Our host handling the multi-modal dumpling cooking process.

Our host handling the multi-modal dumpling-cooking process

 

The delicious fried finished product, fried dumplings in a pan.

The delicious fried finished product

 

The students enjoying the dumplings of their very own labor, group gathered to eat.

The students enjoying the dumplings of their very own labor