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An event that unfolds the unique story of Chinese dumplings by serving them in the order in which they were invented.
An event that unfolds the unique story of Chinese dumplings by serving them in the order in which they were invented.
An event that unfolds the unique story of Chinese dumplings by serving them in the order in which they were invented.
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Origins of the Chinese dumpling is a lunch event in New York City for all dumpling lovers and anyone who wants to learn more about Chinese cultureHeld at Shanghai Cafe Deluxe in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Friday May 5th and Saturday May 20th, we will serve six courses of dumplings while telling stories about things like:

  • Which was the first Chinese dumpling? 
  • Where do different Chinese dumplings originate? 
  • What are traditional dumpling fillings and what do they mean? 
  • What are the right sauces to accompany each dumpling? 
  • Where can you eat the best dumplings in New York City and beyond? 

The meal will have many types of classic Chinese dumplings, including Huntun that is served in a flavorful soup. Jiaozi, which are delicious mouthfuls and almost a complete meal in every bite. Tangyuan with a sticky taste and sweet flavor. Har Gow that are tasty shrimp dumplings with translucent wrappers. Guotie with a tender-topped crisp-bottomed flavor, and Xiaolongbao that has juicy pork-and-crab meatball. 

Xiaolongbao
Xiaolongbao

 

Tangyuan
Tangyuan

 

Har Gow
Har Gow

 

Jiaozi
Jiaozi

 

Guotie
Guotie

 

Huntun
Huntun

Rewards 
To thank you for your support of this project, I designed a series of six different 1.8”x7” bookmarks that each feature a different dumpling and includes information about traditional fillings and sauces.

1.8x7 black bookmark
1.8x7 black bookmark

 

1.8x7 colorful bookmark
1.8x7 colorful bookmark

For those of you who want to introduce dumplings to more friends, there are also postcards. Besides correct sauce pairings and traditional fillings, you will also learn which restaurant has the best version of that specific dumpling in NYC, and which one is the best in the world.

4.25x6 Postcard
4.25x6 Postcard

Curious? Hungry? Get yourself to the Origins of the Chinese Dumpling.

Who am I?
My name is Yue and I come from China. I'm currently an Interaction Design graduate student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. I like eating Chinese dumplings, especially Jiaozi, which family members traditionally got together to make for New Year’s Eve.

When I was a child, one of the things I enjoyed most during the Chinese New Year was finding a coin hidden in one of the Jiaozis, which promises the person who finds the coin good fortune in the New Year.

After I moved to New York City, I found out that a lot of people from all over the world like Chinese dumplings, yet few knew the stories behind each dumpling. So I created this event to introduce Chinese culture to more people in an engaging and meaningful way.


Special thanks to Christina, Edlyn, Gary, Katherine, Nikki, Jason, Wolfgang, our classmates and alumni at SVA.

Risks and challenges

The events may sell out because the restaurants can only hold a certain number of people per event, in this case, I might consider holding more events.

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    DUMPLING SUPPORT

    You will get a surprise 1.8" x 7" bookmark and know what the correct sauce pairings are. I will say 'thank you' and your name out loud.

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    DUMPLING FAN

    You will get a completely well-design postcard. You will learn which restaurant has the best version of that specific dumpling in NYC, and which one is the best in the world. I will say 'thank you' and your name out loud.

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    A SET OF SIX BOOKMARKS

    Can’t attend the event? You can get six 1.8 x 7 bookmark, each with a unique design in a specific color theme of your choice. Packaged and shipped to your door.

    Each bookmark includes information on the dumpling:
    • Chinese name
    • English translation
    • Date it was invented
    • Traditional fillings
    • Right sauce to pair it with

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    ONE TICKET + ONE BOOKMARK (May 5)

    You will be invited to attend a dumpling lunch event on Friday, May 5 and get a surprise 1.8 x 7 bookmark.

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    ONE TICKET + ONE BOOKMARK (May 20)

    You will be invited to attend a dumpling lunch event on Saturday, May 20 and get a surprise 1.8 x 7 bookmark.

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    ONE TICKET + ONE POSTCARD ( May 5)

    You will be invited to attend a dumpling lunch event on Friday, May 5 and get a surprise 4.25 x 6 standard postcard.

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    ONE TICKET + ONE POSTCARD ( May 20)

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    A SET OF SIX POSTCARDS

    Can’t attend the event? You can get six different designs for 4.25 x 6 postcard. Packaged and shipped to your door.

    Each postcard includes information on the dumpling:
    • Chinese name
    • English translation
    • Pinyin romanization of the Chinese characters
    • Date it was invented
    • Traditional fillings
    • Right sauce to pair it with
    • The restaurant that has the best version of the dumpling in New York City and a restaurant that is considered the best in the world for that dumpling.

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    TWO TICKETS + TWO BOOKMARKS (May 5)

    You will get two tickets and be invited to attend a dumpling lunch event on Friday, May 5. You both will get a surprise 1.8 x 7 bookmark.

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    TWO TICKETS + TWO BOOKMARKS (May 20)

    You will get two tickets and be invited to attend a dumpling lunch event on Saturday, May 20. You both will get a surprise 1.8 x 7 bookmark.

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    TWO TICKETS + TWO POSTCARDS ( May 5)

    You will get two tickets and be invited to attend a dumpling lunch event on Friday, May 5. You both will get a surprise 4.25 x 6 postcard.

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    TWO TICKETS + TWO POSTCARDS (May 20)

    You will get two tickets and be invited to attend a dumpling lunch event on Saturday, May 20. You both will get a surprise 1.8 x 7 bookmark.

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    TEN TICKETS

    A custom event! You choose the date and time. It can be sometime in May or June 2017. Everyone in your group will get a bookmark set and a postcard.

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