A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Sue Liang, the founder and owner of a veggie obsessed company called Asulia Foods. I was teaching a class at MassChallenge on social media and community management and Sue had planned to attend. Work got in the way and we wound up missing each other. Thankfully, she emailed me later that day to introduce herself and ask if there was a time we could meet up to talk about her company. After our very first meeting, I knew I had to spread the word about about Asulia Foods.
Sue started Asulia Foods and is literally a one woman show. Currently, she has created recipes for three types of vegan dumplings: kale shiitake, taro root sesame and chickpea curry. Each box of dumpling is handcrafted here in Boston and contains two to three servings of vegetables, almost the daily recommended amount. Bonus!
All three flavors are certified vegan by Vegan Action and the packaging for the dumplings is printed in Maine by certified wind power.
In addition to the dumplings being good for you, 5% of all proceeds are donated to Room to Read, an organization dedicated to the education of young women and girls.
When Sue and I talked about the best way to introduce new people to Asulia Foods, it felt only right to host a dinner party. To say the invitation was met with enthusiasm would be a dramatic understatement. People couldn't wait to sample these dumplings!
On the evening of the dinner, Sue arrived to my house and within 12-15 minutes, all the dumplings were ready. This is the tray of the kale shiitake dumplings:
We had a second tray with a mixture of the taro root sesame and the chickpea curry flavors.
In addition to the dumplings, Sue prepared an entire feast, including these beautiful asparagus and mushroom tarts. Smelly pee be damned! These were delicious.
She also made this stunning mix of roasted vegetables, tossed with minced garlic, salt and black pepper. I love how bright the veggies are.
The third dinner dish was a noodle salad made with whole wheat noodles, kale, carrots, zucchini, red onion, cilantro and scallions, served with a peanut dressing on the side.
I seriously could have eaten that entire bowl by myself. The noodles were so yummy and I love the super food punch from the kale.
Once everyone arrived, Sue gave an overview of the company and how it all began. Then, it was time to dig in!
After the first few bites, we took an impromptu poll and the group's favorite flavor of the three was the chickpea curry. Personally, my favorite is the kale shiitake.
After all the girls agreed the meal was incredible, we surprised them with one last dish - a chocolate zucchini cake with toasted coconut frosting. As you may know, Almond Joy is pretty much my favorite candy (behind gummy bears and M&Ms) so I was thrilled about this flavor combo!
The cake was so gorgeous and it tasted even better than it looked! You couldn't tell there was zucchini in there at all, it just tasted decadent and perfect. Here's a photo of my slice:
Post-dessert, Sue surprised the girls with gift bags. Each bag had an Asulia t-shirt in it, each with a different phrase. The shirts said things like "Vegetable obsessive disorder" or "Kale is the new kale" or "Real men eat veggies."
Once everyone had a belly full of dumplings and a new t-shirt tucked away in their bag, we posed for a group photo. That's Sue on the far right in the red.
A huge thank you to Sue for preparing such a fantastic meal and for introducing all my best girls to the deliciousness that is Asulia Foods.
If you'd like to get your hands on some Asulia Foods dumplings, they are sold at specialty food stores like Formaggio Kitchen and Volante Farms, as well as at Whole Foods Markets all over New England. To find out if they are sold in the Whole Foods closest to you, click here.
Have you tried the Asulia Food dumplings? Which flavor is your favorite?