1) How do I get a MYSTERY BOX?
Direct message me! Send your full name, email, phone number, any dietary needs to see if I can acccommodate, and pickup preference - Keaau or Hilo ($5 Extra directly to drive)
Once I receive your $50.00 donation via venmo @byjustinema or paypal.me/byjustinema, I’ll confirm your pick-up preference (Hilo or Keaau)
2) How often do I pick up my dumplings? Where?
Mystery Boxes are not part of the monthly program. Once I make your set of dumplings, I will send a message for pickup on Sunday at 5pm in HPP Keaau or you can organize a delivery to Hilo by texting Ryan 808-936-9513 and he'll text you the time/date/location for an additional $5 paid to him
3) What if I don’t like certain ingredients?
Please inform me of any preferences before ordering a Mystery Box so I can confirm whether I can accommodate you - I will take your request into consideration however everything is chefs choice and there are no guarantees xo!
4) How are the dumplings made?
All dumplings are made fresh by hand and ingredients are purchased from farmers, ranchers and fishermen. As soon as they're made, dumplings are frozen and should be cooked frozen when deep fried, air-fryed, pan fry/steamed or steamed.
5) What is the difference between an artisanal dumpling and a market dumpling?
Artisanal dumplings are made with handmade, hand rolled dough; market dumplings are made with a store bought wrappers; all dumplings are made with local high quality proteins and local vegetables.
6) How do I cook them?
Dumplings are served frozen and they should be frozen when you're ready to cook - NO THAWING :) Check out my instagram highlights over at @chefjustinema for videos!
Panfry/Steam - Lightly coat non-stick pan with oil, place dumplings in hot pan and sear bottoms for 1-2mins, then add a small amount of water and cover with lid on high. Wait 2-3mins and check to see if the dough it fully cooked, then remove from pan and enjoy!
Airfry - 390 degrees at 6 mins for meat, 8 mins for veg or poultry
Deepfry - Heat oil in a sauce pan and boil, Add dumplings and remove when golden brown/crispy
Boil/Panfry - Boil water in a saucepan, add dumplings and wait until they float- approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove and add to hot pan with butter or oil, then cook til desired crispiness.
DISCLAIMER: If you are not confident in cooking them on your own, please reach out and I'll schedule a time where you can pick up cooked dumplings in Keaau, mahalo!
Also, once you receive your dumplings - I am not responsible for the storage. Dumplings must be kept frozen.
7) Can I order more than one?
Yes, these are available for a limited time so you can order as many as you'd like when they are being offered.
*** If you’re on the waitlist I will let you know which group you’ll be added to once a spot becomes available.***
8) Do the dumplings include sauces?
I do NOT encourage the use of additional sauces and dips unless I feel like the ingredients would benefit from it. My goal is to highlight the farm to table ingredient with simple techniques and flavors.
9) Do you offer GF dumplings?
No, I do not offer these as an option anymore. They're delicious however the dough is extremely sensitive and causes cracks in the skin so I choose not to make them. Alternatively, I offer a recorded Gluten Free Workshop so you can make them at home at your convenience! The Gluten Free Dumpling Workshop includes a previously recorded workshop, gluten free ingredient suggestions, and recipe.
To purchase, DM me!
10) Do you have vegan or vegetarian dumplings?
The dumpling dough is 100% vegan (unless I'm making a specialty item that requires butter) and for fillings, I can make vegan or vegetarian options however these would be considered a custom order and would require a 24 piece minimum for $90 donation
11) Do you ship dumplings?
Oh gosh, right now I do not. Perhaps if I'm guided in the future it may become an option however the dough skins and meat fillings are very temperature sensitive.
12) Do I put them in the fridge or freezer?
FREEZER! They should not be thawed - it'll effect the dumpling skin and most likely stick to the container and rip. Please keep them frozen and COOK them frozen. If you do not feel comfortable, you can set up a time and I will cook them - pick up in Keaau.
13) How many dumplings make one portion?
Depending on your appetite, 4 dumplings can be a good portion as an appetizer - 8+ dumplings can be a meal.
14) Who is the Mystery Box for?
Farm to table food aficionados! If you appreciate local, high quality handmade food that's made with a lot of love... this club is for you.
Each set of dumplings directly supports multiple, local, small businesses on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thank you for supporting our work as a collective!
*** This passion project is solely a labor of love and I'm receiving donations for all labor involved. I reserve the right to remove any persons who disrupt the energy or intention of this project, mahalo nui aloha ***