Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen Book Review

Asian dumplings

I gotta say,I love love love this book.I am hardly ever pleased with a cookbook but this one stole my heart and I am so so glad I bought it.This book contains mouth-watering recipes that was written in a friendly and easy to follow pattern. Making them takes time but it is worth it. Sometimes,I make them and just freeze them in single serving portions and cook them when I get back from school each day,I can always have something good to eat when I am just too tired to cook.

I tried the fried wontons but without the shrimps in it and it was divine,paired it with the sweet and sour sauce in the Sauces section of the book.

                                                                                               Fried Wontons with Sweet and Sour Sauce

I also made the Shanghai Rolls Skins.To be honest,it was a pain in the neck but i got my reward when I used it to make the fried banana Spring rolls. The banana melted with the brown sugar and it was wonderful! Sometimes,I add bits of dark chocolates or nuts to the banana inside.Words can’t really explain how I feel when I bite into this deliciousness.

                                                                                             Fried banana Spring rolls with ice cream

I also tried another recipe,can’t remember which it was but I made it Pan-fried and steamed and I think I am going to start steaming everything in my wonderful bamboo steamer straight from Japan because for some reason,I prefered it steamed.

It’s been months since I bought this book and I am still loving it. Would I recommend it? Oh yes,big yes!

Disclaimer:  I was not paid to do a review on this book,everything I used,I bought myself,including the book.Everything I have written here represents my honest opinion.


Tomato Salsa

Taco Seasoning Crakers with Salsa


The first time I made this,I fell in love. I love love love the refreshing taste of this salsa,I kept going back for more. I eat this with anything.As you can see in the picture,I had it with some homemade taco seasoning crackers,was delicious! I also had it with steak,yum!

In preparing this,I just made use of what was available to me.Most recipes call for lime,since I could not get limes,i used lemon instead.


2 large tomatoes,diced

1/2 medium onion or 1 small onion,chopped

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of powdered garlic

Pinch of dried parsley

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Dash of sugar

Sprinkle of freshly milled Black pepper


Mix all together in a bowl,cove and refrigerate for about 4 hours to allow the flavours blend well together.

You can double,triple,anything-ple this recipe.


Homemade Taco seasoning

I like to double this recipe so that I can have more than enough in my spice cabinet. This recipe is not originally mine,I found it somewhere on the web and modified it to suit my needs

2 Tbsp Chili Powder

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp Onion powder or 1/2 -1 cube onion powder

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp Dried Oregano

1 tsp Hungarian style Paprika

3 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp salt

2 tsp freshly milled black pepper

Mix all together and store in a labeled jar.