I’ll start this post with a few caveats. First of all, I’m a Yelp Elite. They explain it better than I do, but basically it means that I “Yelp” often, and I Yelp “well” enough that some group decided my reviews are pretty legit. About once a month, this also means I get to go to some cool party or event with free food, or booze, or mini-facials. I’ve written almost 300 reviews, so what this really means is I’m a total geek. And the Elite events…. They’re full of total Yelp geeks, too. It’s okay, it’s all in good fun. But the other night, I was invited to an event not because of how often I Yelp (too often), but because of a glowing 5-star review I gave to one of my favorite spots in the city.
Spoiler alert: this was the final product
Han Dynasty has several locations around the city, but I’ve been to the one in Old City more times than I can count. From a quick happy hour drink and snack to a dinner for 72, to a bottle share with Philly Beer Scene, Han’s team always delivers. And I reflected this in my review. Apparently, Han and his squad are digging around on Yelp, inviting folks that left 5-star Reviews for some in-house experiences. A little “Behind the Scenes at the Dynasty”. In our case, it was dumpling creation.
We made dough (well, we kneaded dough that he mixed for us.)
We rolled out tiny dumpling skins.
We mixed up chicken, pork, and vegetarian fillings.
We stuffed and folded about a ZILLION dumplings. Some looked great (see below).
Some looked awful (nope, deleted all photos of that. Shame.)
We took a break for some chit and some chat while the dumplings were being served. It was AWESOME to see Han in his natural habitat. He explained how, when he was growing up, his grandmother would do full days of dumpling prep while the kids would be stuffing and folding dumplings.
He also explained how he’s got a parody in the pipeline for all those awful one-star reviews (think “Celebrities reading mean tweets” gone dramatic), but I’ll let him share that with y’all closer to the release date.
He also explained how dumplings don’t always have to be perfect.
As long as it’s sealed up, it tastes the f***ing same.
Wisdom from the master.
Roomie and I posed (as we often do), and then… I ate dumplings we’d created in a style that winded me.
I crammed dumplings into my mouth so fast and so furiously that I was winded.
Needless to say, despite some of them looking a little less than professionally made…. they were delish.
If you’re ALSO trying to get some lessons from the master, I’d recommend heading over to HD and living an experience worth rating 5-stars. But trust me, that won’t be too difficult. Might I suggest the dumplings?
I promise, I didn’t make them.