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COOK + BOOK "Tibetan Nomad Cuisine!"

  • Union Market 1309 5th Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

Toli Moli x Duende District present: COOK + BOOK, a friendly gathering at Union Market on the last Wednesday of each month to learn more about cooking with Asian ingredients at home.

On March 28th, the third edition of COOK + BOOK will take place at Union Market with a cooking class focused on making Tibetan nomad style dumpling soup with former Buddhist monk and refugee, Chef Dorjee Tsering of Dorjee Momo. Learn the techniques behind the unique flavors and heartfelt preparation of this special Himalayan dish. After class, chat with Chef Dorjee about what ingredients at Toli Moli's Burmese Bodega you can use for home cooking. Following Chef Dorjee's demonstration, thanks to a partnership with Harvey's MarketAlmaala Farms and Toli Moli, you'll also get a "bodega bag" filled with everything you need to make your own Chicken ChuMok at home!

Chicken and chicken-based products like eggs and chicken stock are not traditionally part of Tibetan cuisine inside Tibet, where yak and sheep meat are the main proteins. However, as Tibetans have migrated around the world, chicken has become a popular substitute in the diaspora (especially in India and Nepal). Chu means "water" and mok is derived from mok-thuy meaning "hearty soup". The entire family makes the dumplings or noodles together and prepares the broth base. Perfect for unwinding from the day and including everyone in the process.

This month's featured book available for purchase is Return to the Rivers: Recipes and Memories of the Himalayan River Valley by Vikas Khanna with Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn. Nominated for both a James Beard Award and the IACP Cookbook Award, Return to Rivers explores the sacred foodways of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Northern India, Burma, Western China, Pakistan, and the other regions the great Himalayas directly touch upon, including Burmese soup, Tibetan pancakes, and momos.

Each month at COOK + BOOK, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • purchase a book written or recommended by the chef presenter
  • enjoy dynamic conversations moderated by local food entrepreneurs
  • take home a "bodega bag" with key ingredients from class
  • meet new friends interested in Asian food, cultures, and cuisine
  • learn a new recipe using Asian ingredients from Toli Moli's Burmese Bodega and other Union Market businesses

In collaboration with Union Market.

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*Photo courtesy of Dim Sum Media.

Earlier Event: February 28
COOK + BOOK "Lao Cuisine!"