The Illustrated Wok

Pork, Chives, and Cheddar Dumplings by Chef Medwin Pang

The Cleaver Quarterly is a printed magazine that delves into the rich and nuanced world of Chinese cooking. On August 29, 2017, they launched a Kickstarter for their new recipe book, The Illustrated Wok, is a print collection of hand-illustrated Chinese recipes from over 40 chefs from around the world. 

I got to illustrate the pork, chives, and cheddar dumplings at Hunger Pang in Brookyln, NY. I was lucky to meet with Chef Medwin Pang and sample a variety of dishes at his restaurant, including his dumplings with the divine cheddar crisp on them. Pang is also part of the Asian Food Mafia in New York - a group of Asian American restauranteurs and chefs looking to elevate Asian food from simply just being takeout cuisine, who meet up to share information and resources, and just support each other in the grueling food world.

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Pork, Chives, and Cheddar Dumplings - The Illustrated Wok, 2017

Colored Pencil, Ink

I was inspired by Pang's Sun WuKong statue and Guan Yu painting at his restaurant, and natural elements like fire and clouds often depicted in ancient Asian artwork to create the book spread below.