Audio Postcard: Dumpling Wars takes on 'Game of Thrones' Theme

 (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)

Hundreds of dumpling fans across the Bay Area descended on Dumpling Wars in Oakland last Sunday. The third annual dumpling cook-off pitted old family recipes against unconventional new concoctions that blended eastern and western influences.

This year's theme, "Game of Noms," challenged competitors to riff on the a Game of Thrones theme.  "In addition to being foodies, a lot of us are nerds as well," says T.J. Basa of Kearny Street Workshop, the competition organizer.

Listen to the Audio Postcard above.

House of Porkister showed off some dragon eggs with their dumplings.
House of Porkister showed off some dragon eggs with their dumplings. (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)
House Harbin Maxi folding fresh dumplings. (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)
Soup dumplings
Soup dumplings by the Boba Guys. (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)
"Who knows better how to do it than our parents?" says Sandra of Team Harbin Maxi.
"Who knows better how to do it than our parents?" says Sandra of House Harbin Maxi. (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)
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Judge's Choice - The Chive Pocket, filled with pork, shrimp, eggs and chives. (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)
Dumpling lovers of every age and size ate their fill of the meaty delicacies.
Dumpling lovers of every age and size ate their fill of the meaty delicacies. (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)
Boba guys serving tea with their tea infused dumplings. (Photo: Jessica Placzek: KQED)
Saqib Keval, being honored with a Dumpling Award.
Saqib Keval, being honored with a Dumpling Award. (Photo: Jessica Placzek/KQED)

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