Celebrating The Chinese New Year At The Paramus Library
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 03:17 PM EST
For the past few years, Paramus resident Sophie Stone has volunteered to teach the art of making dumplings at the Paramus Library. Librarian Alexa Soto and Sophie get together with a group of students to imbue them with the art of making dumplings, Chinese style. To accomplish this, Sophie seeks the aid of her mother, Tin Tin who mans the kitchen while Mrs. Stone explains to intricacies of stuffing and folding the round dough to the group.
The class then assembles dumplings, as best as they can, assisted by the expertise of Stone who walks among them and helps those who encounter difficulties. Born in Burma of Chinese descent, talented Sophie Stone has had a lot of experience in promoting her heritage. To add flavor to the class, she dresses in a traditional Burmese outfit and passes out chopsticks for those adept at using them.
After the class is finished, her mother makes the dumplings in two cooking devices, one steamed and one fried. Interesting, forewarned, one class member would not eat the fried dumplings because they were fried in peanut oil and he did not like peanuts. Peanuts are somewhat of a staple in the Oriental cuisine.
When they were finished, cookies made by Ani Aghjayan .. a baker and chocolatier .. from Sophie's Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club made some of her delicious blend of cookies available. Of course the class had to pose for a group shot triumphantly displaying the red envelopes that were handed out.