First there was Brendan Pang the popular Masterchef contestant. Then it was Brendan Pang, the owner of a dumpling kitchen in an Airstream. Come October, the former social worker turned food personality will add a new entry to his CV: pop-up cooking school instructor.
From next month, Pang will operate a part-time cooking school and event space at the former Roti Korner site at Hawaiian’s Mezz shopping centre in Mount Hawthorn. Consisting of an open kitchen and dining area, the space lends itself to both cooking classes and one-off events.
Initially, Pang will host three hands-on classes each week, covering one of four topics: an introduction to dumplings, Bumplings at home, hand-pulled noodles and advanced dumplings.
“I really want to break down perceptions about dumplings and hand-pulled noodles being hard to make,” says Pang, “I know a lot of people think cooking is a bit of a chore but I want to show them things with big, bold flavours that they can make at home using affordable and approachable ingredients. A lot of the classes start with just dough, which is just flour, water and a pinch of salt.”
Class numbers will be capped at 24 and will run for three hours with the last half-hour set aside for guests to eat their dishes and socialise. (The cooking classes are also BYO.)
Pang is also working on a program of dinners and events to trial new dishes and ideas.
The Bumplings Cooking School is at Shop 24, 148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn and classes begin in October. Classes are $130 and can be booked online.