Book Club and Vietnamese Cooking Class

Book Club and Vietnamese Cooking Class

Book Club and Vietnamese Cooking Class

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"The Best We Could Do" and Dumplings

In this experience we combine the graphic novel:  The Best We Could Do written by Thi Bui with Vietnamese Dumpling making and storytelling by In My Kitchen host Raymond.

After reading the novel, gather your group for a cooking class via zoom and hear the stories of Raymond's own journey as a refugee from Vietnam to Canada. In My Kitchen Founder Paula Mohammed will facilitate your cooking class book club offering a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the journey of the author and that of Raymond.  Allowing you to go a step further than the traditional book club discussion.   Raymond will teach you his family recipe for dumpling making creating space for discussion and storytelling.

This is only offered as a private culinary adventure and a minimum of 6 registrations is required.

Locally sourced dumpling making rollers are available here and The Best We Could Graphic Novel is available from the In My Kitchen Cookbook Club here.  Or purchase both together with the class and save 20%.  Making this a memorable experience for book clubs, team building or a gathering of friends from nearby and far away.

The Best We Could Do is a 2017 illustrated memoir written by Thi Bui. It chronicles Thi Bui's parents' life before and during the Vietnam War, their escape from Vietnam when Bui was a child, and their eventual migration to the United States as refugees.

The Best We Could Do is available for purchase at Amazon, Indigo, and soon here.  For Book Club resources and discussion here are some great sites:

The Authors Website

An Interview with the Author

The Author as a Cartoonist

Pork, Prawn and Chive Dumplings with a Vietnamese dipping sauce

Vegetarian option available. Please email us for ingredient list and recipe:

Recipes: Recipe links are sent the day before your cooking class.

Ingredients: If you are interested in a vegetarian option or other adaptions just email us at

Technology: Connect to your host on zoom using your computer, tablet or mobile device. Your zoom link will be sent to you the day before your cooking class.

Class Involvement: We love to hear from you, so please chime in with questions. Public classes have 4-20 participants, to ensure everyone is able to ask questions. Private cooking events can have up to 497

Event Duration: 1.5 hours

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes to soak your mushrooms
Ingredient List
Makes approx 16 dumplings
For the Dough
2 C All purpose unbleached flour
1 T Cornstarch (for the little bit of extra chew)
1 C luke warm water or more as needed For the Filling
1C Lean Ground Pork
1C Shell on medium Prawns
½ lb Fresh Garlic Chives clean
12 Dried Cloud ear mushrooms

Dipping Sauce
1T Soy sauce
1 T Rice Vinegar
1 Thai chili thinly sliced

Kitchen Equipment
Dumpling Kit*10” frying pan with airtight glass lid preferred

2 Mixing bowls
A sharp knife

What to Prep in Advance:
Have your ingredients measured out and ready to go.

Soak your mushrooms for 30 minutes in water.

About the Dumpling Wrappers
If you prefer to buy your dumpling wrappers that is okay.  Your wrappers won't be the traditional method, but they will still work.  You can purchase the ready made dumpling wraps.  If purchasing, look for a local brand if possible and key ingredients should only be flour and water with a short shelf life, due to no preservatives.  Look for them in the refrigerated section of your local Asian supermarket or directly from a local frozen dimsum business.

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Please note we do not offer refunds, but we do provide a full credit if you need to cancel.

If you cancel two weeks before your cooking class you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another cooking class. After that, for in-person classes you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this). For online cooking classes you are welcome to transfer your spot to someone else. In the rare event that an instructor needs to cancel last minute, guests will receive a full refund. We do not otherwise offer refunds.


How It Works

Join on Zoom

Sign up for your cooking class, price is by device so feel free to invite friends to join you in your kitchen or make it a family event. A day before your experience you will receive your zoom and recipe link.

Cooking Instructions

All online cooking classes include interactive cooking instruction and all of the recipes. After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list and equipment list. Also available when you sign up.


Online Cooking Classes are 1.5 hours in duration, and are co-hosted with In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, on zoom.

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