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.
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.