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Posts Tagged ‘chinese new year’

BBQ Pork Buns Two Ways

The steamed, BBQ pork-filled bun, cha siu bao, is like the gateway drug of dim sum. They’re easy to find, inexpensive, and even the worst of them are satisfying in their own way. If you didn’t grow up in an Asian household, there’s a good chance it was the first dim sum you ever had, […]

Vegetable Dumplings

I have quasi-fond memories of making dumplings. Fond in that it was quality time spent with my mom and I loved having a freezer full of dumplings for the coming weeks. Quasi in that it was basically child labor. My tired little fingers folding dumplings for hours on end, with only meager sips of tea […]

Shanghai Soup Dumplings

Yes, Virginia, there is Jello in Chinese cooking. You say you don’t believe it, but indeed, it’s true. Are you having visions of quivering rings of Astro-turf-colored sugar topped with glistening slices of Peking duck? (Actually, I found this photo on Flickr, it might be worse: duck hearts in gelatin.) You of biting sarcasm and […]

Shrimp and Mushroom Shu Mai

Shu mai (also spelled shui mei, siu mai, etc.) is a traditional Chinese dumpling and with Chinese New Year around the corner we decided it was the perfect time to experiment. I recently bought Cooking Light’s Way to Cook and so far, everything I’ve made from this cookbook has been great. Plus it has really […]

Week of Dim Sum and Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is February 14 this year. The same as Valentine’s Day. How doubly auspicious! As a kid, Chinese New Year held a special place in my heart because my parents let me stay home from school. It was my first foray into playing hookey (is it hookey if your parents consent?) and I […]

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