By Cathy Huyghe
Dumplings, as Chef Tsai points out, make for great hors d’oeuvres. And what’s great about hors d’oeuvres is that they’re usually just one or two bites, delivering a powerful and concentrated shot of flavor. As a beverage pairing for today’s dumplings, try a few drinks that pack a similar punch one sip at a time. A mango “coolatta,” for example, blends fresh mango, lime juice, coco cream, and rum (if you like), served over ice. A classic lime-ginger drink mixes ginger beer, concentrated lime cordial and mint leaves, and is also served over ice. Or for a twist on the most traditional sipper ever — a martini — try mixing vodka with Canton Ginger liqueur and some lime juice. Powerful and concentrated shots of flavor, indeed.