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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Recipes to Rival: Dump-Linhs



the following conversation really did occur between my grandma and me.

Grandma: how was your bánh cuốn last week?

Me: oh it was terrible, i couldn't get the batter right!

Grandma: you didn't follow my instructions? why didn't you follow it?

Me: well i don't think i had the right equipment and... it was hot... (then i trailed off while my two cousins Kim and Buu made faces at me...)

Grandma: (in the background i can hear her telling grandpa how i royally effed up)

Me: (trying to save face and prove that yes, i am competent in the kitchen) but i'm making dumplings tonight, from scratch! not with wonton wrappers, but from FLOUR!

Grandma: how are you going to do that? (laughs) you couldn't even do bánh cuốn.

Me: well. i'm pretty sure i can do it. and buu and kim are here to help me too.

Grandma: Oh. Buulinh's there? she knows what she's doing, that's good, just let her do the work.

snap.

dumplinhs



Reader, mind you, buulinh is quite handy in the kitchen, she can whip up a mean homestyle chicken/rice. but oh! to be dismissed. it's actually quite hilarious and ironic because when i told buu and kim that we were making dumplings from scratch, buu's first comment to me was: "what is this, Vietnam 1955?!" yeah, i know.

so this month's theme is DUMPLINGS. can i just say FUN! Thanks to Heather of Randomosity and the Girl and Temperance of High on the Hog for hosting this month. as the previous month, it was a learning experience and lots of fun. you can find the recipe and instructions here. i had two stuffings: shrimp with green/spring onions and pork with black ear fungus, shallots and garlic. i made a simple dipping sauce of soy sauce, sugar, water, green onions and garlic chili.

i did the prep work. for assembling, i actually had a sweat shop line going. i did the rolling, kim did the filling and buu took care of the steaming. it took us 2 hours! there was a lot of laughing, smack talking, buu got in the way and made cà phê sữa đá, and then she needed a model for a hemming project. all in all, it was a lot of fun. i don't think i'll be doing this again from scratch. i think i'll stick to actually going to dim sum or using wonton wrappers.

naturally, buu being buu, she has named the dish. buu and kim's full names are Buulinh and Kimlinh and i have been called Lanlinh before. and so, our evening meal was officially named Dump-Linhs... of 1955.



Today's Soundtrack: Tori Amos, China

Last, but most def. not least, please don't forget about the upcoming month of October, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. this is for a good cause. if you can't participate in the walk, bake for the Boob Off. you can read about it here.

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19 comments:

  1. LOL, loved your little annecdote. Reminds me of my mum. Your dumplings look really nice :) Good post!

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  2. your dough looks so nice & thin & I love your fillings

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  3. You did a great job on the dumplings. Yeah, I used a pasta maker and you're right - it gets dragged out of the locker once a year, it's heavy and unless you're super into making pasta (it sounded like a good idea at the time), don't waste your money.

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  4. Hey you got a steamer!
    And seriously, we have the same pots and pans.
    Your dough really does look nice and thin, and I love the conversation with your granny. hilarious.

    I've got to agree with you, it was really fun, but I'm going back to wonton wrappers.

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  5. ouch, Despite what your grandma said I think you did excellent. And it definitly sounds like you had lots of fun. Love the name you came up with for the project, very clever.

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  6. your dumplings look delicious! Great post! I'm glad you had fun making these!

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  7. dumplinhs........ ha ah ah ha ha. Love it. Waht a funny post! You crack me up. Snap. G'Ma if you could only see her 'dumplihns' now.

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  8. LOL! your talk with grandma was hilarious :) and I agree with everyone. It looks like you got the thickness of the dumplings just right. They are beautiful!

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  9. Lol, great post :) Gorgeous photos too.

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  10. Your grandma is a hoot, and I think your dumplings turned out great. And you had me laughing when you said to bake for the "boob off"!

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  11. Your dumplings look great. I only made half of mine, the rest of the dough is in the freezer.

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  12. judyfoodie -
    thank you, i think i get my sass from her.

    kat -
    thanks!

    giz -
    i am very much inclined to get the gadget tho! i'd like to make homemade ravioli soon and i just know the pasta maker would make my life so much easier. but i will hold off until i get a better kitchen. sigh.

    jen -
    i got a mini-bamboo steamer thingy. the bigger one is on loan from buu who doesn't cook much but will now be a fixture in my r2r and/or daring bakers adventures. i love my red pots/pans! GO TARGET! :)

    temperence -
    thank you very much. it was such a fun challenge and really, grandma means well.

    heather b -
    thank you!

    be con -
    don't tempt me, i just might have to give grandma your cell phone number too!

    lori -
    i find humor in most things and grandma wasn't trying to be mean, :). plus, it was nice to hear her laugh, even if it was at my expense.

    jmom -
    it became like a game, i would try to make the next wrapper thinner than the one before it. i got into a groove and it was alot of fun.

    dee -
    thank you!

    madam chow -
    yes, grandma is great fun, and really if she can laugh, that's all that matters!

    debyi -
    it took me almost a week to finish my stash. i think i'm good with the dumplings for awhile! :)

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  13. Your post totally cracked me up! Way to go making the dough from scratch, the Dump-Linhs look delicious!

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  14. micha-
    thanks so much! i so enjoy sharing my hilarious grandma stories! :)

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  15. judyfoodie -
    thank you, i think i get my sass from her.

    kat -
    thanks!

    giz -
    i am very much inclined to get the gadget tho! i'd like to make homemade ravioli soon and i just know the pasta maker would make my life so much easier. but i will hold off until i get a better kitchen. sigh.

    jen -
    i got a mini-bamboo steamer thingy. the bigger one is on loan from buu who doesn't cook much but will now be a fixture in my r2r and/or daring bakers adventures. i love my red pots/pans! GO TARGET! :)

    temperence -
    thank you very much. it was such a fun challenge and really, grandma means well.

    heather b -
    thank you!

    be con -
    don't tempt me, i just might have to give grandma your cell phone number too!

    lori -
    i find humor in most things and grandma wasn't trying to be mean, :). plus, it was nice to hear her laugh, even if it was at my expense.

    jmom -
    it became like a game, i would try to make the next wrapper thinner than the one before it. i got into a groove and it was alot of fun.

    dee -
    thank you!

    madam chow -
    yes, grandma is great fun, and really if she can laugh, that's all that matters!

    debyi -
    it took me almost a week to finish my stash. i think i'm good with the dumplings for awhile! :)

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  16. LOL! your talk with grandma was hilarious :) and I agree with everyone. It looks like you got the thickness of the dumplings just right. They are beautiful!

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  17. your dumplings look delicious! Great post! I'm glad you had fun making these!

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  18. Wow, this looks so great! I can't wait to try to make these

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