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Join MOCA virtually and learn the secrets to creating your own Damn Good Dumplings for Lunar New Year from Chef Chris Cheung! Drawn from his critically-acclaimed Damn Good Chinese Food: Dumplings, Egg Rolls, Bao Buns, Sesame Noodles, Roast Duck, Fried Rice, and More–50 Recipes Inspired by Life in Chinatown, this recipe is a staple of Cheung’s Brooklyn restaurant East Wind Snack Shop.

Chef Cheung was inspired by the place where he grew up, lived, worked, and ate. From take-out orders at tiny hole-in-the-wall teahouses to lush green vegetables piled high at the markets; from celebration dinners at colossal banquet halls to authentic home-cooked meals, Chinatown’s culinary treasures and culture laid the groundwork for his career as a chef and are the touchstones behind this book. Damn Good Chinese Food shares the technique for making Cheung’s widely revered dumplings along with dozens of delicious, authentic recipes for cooks of all skill levels that pay homage to the cooking traditions of Chinatown and celebrate this remarkable, resilient neighborhood.

Once the dumplings have been fully prepared and everyone is ready to dig in, Chef Cheung will share personal insights and stories with Herb Tam, MOCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions, as they walk participants through the markets, restaurants, and streets that Cheung’s food conjures.

Please note that your ingredients should be pre-measured before the beginning of the session. The ingredient list and detailed preparation steps will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email or directly here.

“Without wasting a word, Chris Cheung shares everything he knows—which is a lot—about shopping for, cooking, and eating Chinese food in the United States. His natural, engaging voice comes through on every page of Damn Good Chinese Food, a refreshingly honest, funny, insightful, and extremely useful book.” — Laurie Woolever, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Appetites and World Travel, with Anthony Bourdain; author, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography

About Chris Cheung

Chris Cheung grew up on Mott Street in New York’s Chinatown, and as a chef, Chinatown has been his inspiration for everything he cooks. He is the chef and owner of the award-winning East Wind Snack Shop, named “Best Cheap Eats” by the Food Network, and “Absolute Best Dumplings” by New York Magazine. Chef Cheung trained with Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean Georges Vongerichten and worked in Shanghai China cooking banquets in the farming villages on bamboo-fueled woks. He has multiple media appearances on the Food Network, and worked with Anthony Bourdain on various episodes of No Reservations, including being Bourdain’s guide to the three major New York Chinatowns. He has millions of views for his work on Bon Appetit and Epicurious food videos. He is the author of Damn Good Chinese Food, a celebrated cookbook just released in November 2021.

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February 3, 2022
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.