The only recipe my mother left me was the Chinese chive and pork dumpling. During Christmas of 2016, I demanded she teach me how to make them and insisted that she write it down. I make her dumplings often, to feel as if she were still alive.

I was never able to feel my mother’s presence again through replicating the taste of her dumplings, because I’ve come to accept that she did not write a recipe at all! There are two main components to making dumplings from scratch: the skin and the filling. A desirable, homemade dumpling is thin…

Lin Nie

Research at Peloton, UX of AI | Ph.D. in experimental psychology, embodied cognition | I have a poor poker face

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