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Join MOCA virtually and learn the secrets to baking your own delicious Chocolate-Hazelnut Macau-Style Cookies for Lunar New Year! Pulled from the critically-acclaimed Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries, this recipe was crafted by Kristina Cho, cookbook author, recipe developer, food stylist, and photographer.

“Delicate almond cookies are popular in Macau. Their texture is unique— tender as tender can be, and prone to crumbling in your hands if you handle them even a bit too forcefully… To take things a few more steps away from tradition, I swapped in hazelnut flour for the usual almond flour, and added a hint of cocoa powder as well. As a result, the cookies taste exactly like the gold foil-wrapped Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolates, which are also a quintessential gift for special occasions and holidays in Chinese culture (we can’t seem to get enough of confections wrapped in gold). Within one crumbly bite, the cookie tastes of tradition, nostalgia, and modern flavors.”

Once the cookies are in the oven, Ms. Cho will share the stories and talk about the experience of writing her cookbook with Chef Kian Lam Kho, author of the award-winning cookbook Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking.

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.

About Kristina Cho

Kristina Cho’s culinary perspective is rooted in her experiences as a first-generation Chinese American who grew up in Cleveland going to her family’s Chinese restaurant, before moving to one of San Francisco’s unofficial second Chinatown in the Inner Richmond neighborhood. A self-taught home cook and baker, Kristina is behind the popular food blog and Instagram page Eat Cho Food, where she showcases her Asian-inspired recipes to tens of thousands of followers. The success of her blog led her to focus full-time on cooking and recipe development, and she currently teaches hands-on cooking classes and homemade dumpling workshops.

Kristina had the idea for Mooncakes and Milk Bread after spending years experimenting with her own versions of recipes inspired by her favorite Chinese cafe dishes and realizing the lack of existing cookbook options focused specifically on the genre. Mooncakes and Milk Bread was selected by The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Epoch Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle (among others) as one of the best cookbooks of 2021.

About Mooncakes and Milk Bread

This is the first book to exclusively focus on Chinese bakeries and cafes, but it isn’t just for those nostalgic for Chinese bakeshop foods – it’s for all home bakers who want exciting new recipes to add to their repertoires.

Inside you’ll find the fluffiest milk bread, sweet and savory buns, her grandpa’s famed Almond Cookies, beautifully stamped mooncakes, whimsical fruit-adorned cakes, flaky tarts, and juicy dumplings. Recipes for steamed BBQ pork buns, pineapple buns with a thick slice of butter, silk smooth milk tea, and sunny egg tarts all make an appearance – because a book about Chinese bakeries wouldn’t be complete without them!

You’ll also get a glimpse into Chinese bakeries across America and learn from the bakers and owners themselves about why these businesses are so important to Asian American culture.

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January 27, 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.