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Steamed Siu Mai Dumplings

Steamed Siu Mai Dumplings

I’ve been having some cravings for dim sum lately and came across a recipe for siu mai in the April issue of Cooking Light that looked inspirational. I wanted to try the cabbage/apple mixture, since I’m a fan of that in salad form and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a great mix. You can’t really taste the apple, it only gives some pleasant texture and rounds out the flavors nicely.

These are easily converted for vegetarians and vegans, simply use tofu or edamame for the protein. I opted for chicken because I already had some cooked chicken on hand, but any kind of flavorful protein works well here.

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Char Siu Bao (Chinese BBQ Pork Steamed Buns)

Char Siu Bao

After explaining all the different things we could make with a bamboo steamer, my husband was really intrigued by the idea of steamed buns, or bao. I promised him I’d make him char siu bao or Chinese barbecued pork buns within the week.

Now, I’ve steamed a lot of different types of dim sum but I’ve never made bao before. Turns out, it’s not a big deal: the yeast dough is quite simple to make and the filling is deliciously easy.Char Siu Bao

After explaining all the different things we could make with a bamboo steamer, my husband was really intrigued by the idea of steamed buns, or bao. I promised him I’d make him char siu bao or Chinese barbecued pork buns within the week.

Now, I’ve steamed a lot of different types of dim sum but I’ve never made bao before. Turns out, it’s not a big deal: the yeast dough is quite simple to make and the filling is deliciously easy.

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Just What Are Garlic Scapes Anyway?

To be honest, before last week, I’d never heard of them before. Suddenly, now they’re at every farmer’s market stand, bloggers are putting them to creative use and I’m left standing on the sidelines wondering what they even are. Apparently, I’m not the only one as the newsletter from the farmer’s market has a section on these strange little guys.

Garlic scapes appear to be a rising trend hitting the foodie scene. In botanical terms, a scape is a leafless, flowering stem. To be honest, before last week, I’d never heard of them before. Suddenly, now they’re at every farmer’s market stand, bloggers are putting them to creative use and I’m left standing on the sidelines wondering what they even are. Apparently, I’m not the only one as the newsletter from the farmer’s market has a section on these strange little guys.

Garlic scapes appear to be a rising trend hitting the foodie scene. In botanical terms, a scape is a leafless, flowering stem.

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