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Les Petits Chefs make potstickers and mango salad with Vanessa Yeung

Mango salad and ginger-chicken potstickers on eatlivetravelwrite.comVanessa Yeung has come in to work with my Petits Chefs EIGHT times now! She’s one of the most popular guest chefs in my Petits Chefs program (although if you ask the boys they would have a very hard time choosing – each week they revise their opinion about which session was “the best”!) and is well known across the Grades 5-8 population as “the lady who shows us how to make the dumplings”!

From the very first time when Vanessa came in to make Soi Gau and Ginger Chicken Potstickers with Les Petits Chefs, I’ve been fascinated to watch how the whole dumpling-making process captivates the boys. It doesn’t matter which boys are in the club or how busy or crazy a day they have had, the minute they start making dumplings, the whole atmosphere in the room changes. The concentration it takes to make them is a little all-consuming and the kitchen lab is so very quiet. It’s a magical thing!

This visit, I suggested Vanessa show the boys how to make mango salad –  I am all about showing the boys how easy it is to make some of their favourite takeout dishes at home. Mango salad also requires a fair bit of concentration – from peeling the mangoes…

Kids slicing mango on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids peeling mango on eatlivetravelwrite.comTo slicing them finely…

Kids slicing mango finely on eatlivetravelwrite.comFinely slicing the red onions (and trying not to cry in the process!)…

Kids slicing red onions on eatlivetravelwrite.comGetting the red pepper slices the same thickness as the mango slices…

Kids slicing red peppers on eatlivetravelwrite.comFinely chopping cilantro…

Kids chopping cilantro on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd mixing it all together to create a gorgeous, colourful and healthy salad:

Mango salad on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, over at the dumpling station, boys prepared the simple filling for the potstickers – minced chicken, ginger and garlic…

Kids making filling for chicken potstickers on eatlivetravelwrite.comSome more cilantro…

Kids making filling for ginger-chicken potstickers on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd then we got to the fun part – filling and folding the dumpling wrappers:

Kids assembling potstickers on eatlivetravelwrite.comSUCH concentration!

Kids folding ginger-chicken potstickers on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids making Vanessa Yeung ginger-chicken potstickers on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids folding dumplings on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys actually made quick work of filling the dumplings and Vanessa set to work frying them then flash steaming them at the last minute. The boys could not wait to taste their efforts..

Kids make ginger chicken potstickers and mango salad on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd even though I sent everyone away with a lovely container filled with 6 gorgeous potstickers and a tumble of mango salad each, I know for a fact that many (maybe all?) of these dumplings didn’t make it home. Hey, many of them didn’t make it out of the school or even the lab. They are just “so good” apparently 😉

Vanessa, we’re go very grateful to you for your time and expertise. You hold the record for the guest chef with the most repeat visits to our club and you’ve taught so many of the boys to believe that they absolutely CAN make what might seem like complicated dishes on their own. It’s a great gift, so thank you!

Read more about the classes Vanessa offers on Aphrodite Cooks.

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2 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make potstickers and mango salad with Vanessa Yeung

  1. Geoff May 31, 2015 at 00:36 #

    Some of these young guys are going to be in demand when they grow up.
    Well educated and able to cook. What’s not to like?
    Nicely done, boys.

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