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does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:46 pm

I had some amazing dumplings at Aunty Mena's for lunch today.

I want to make some myself, but I don't know how. Would someone like to tell me?

Thank you.

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Re: does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby snuff » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:54 pm

Just wrap whatever in pastry I would have thought?

Steamed dumplings are so fuckin good.
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Postby niXon » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:56 pm

Tell us more about this "Aunty Mena" character.
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Re: does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:59 pm

snuff wrote:Just wrap whatever in pastry I would have thought?

Steamed dumplings are so fuckin good.


Maybe I should be more specific: does anyone know how to make really really really good dumplings?

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Postby niXon » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:05 pm

Tell us more about this "Aunty Mena" character. Please.
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Re: does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby cool guy69 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:07 pm

aunty menas mean buds from up north. go up there and smoke the dankest buds of your life and when the munchies kick in shes got the tastiest dumplings waiting for u in a boil up!!
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Postby pattymayonnaise » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:09 pm

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Postby SupaScoopa » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:18 pm

I make steamed vegan dumplings all the time.. so good. I usually use the below recipe from justbento.com as a basis, and buy the dumpling wrappers from the fridge section of Lim Chaurs Asian supermarket on K Road.

I usually make about 60 at once and freeze a heap..

Recipe: Vegan tofu filling
This makes enough to fill 25-30 dumplings.
1/3 cup cooked whole grain (such as brown rice, barley, wheat berries)
• 120 g / 4 oz extra firm tofu, very well drained
• 4 large fresh shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
• 1/2 onion, finely chopped
• 1 tsp. grated ginger
• 1 Tbs. miso
• 1 Tbs. soy sauce
• 1 Tbs. sesame oil
• Ground pepper
• Pinch of sugar
• 1-2 Tbs. cornstarch or potato starch
Lightly fry the cooked grains in half of the sesame oil until the grains are a bit toasty. Let cool.
Mash the tofu until it’s quite smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. If it seems too wet, add a little more cornstarch or potato starch. Use to fill shuumai skins. Shuumai made with this filling will be softer than the shrimp shuumai. This mixture has quite a lot of flavor so you probably don’t need a dipping sauce.
Any filling that holds together when formed into little balls will work as a shuumai filling. Experiment

Follow this link for decent how to photos: http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/ ... -dumplings

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Postby Brinn » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:28 pm

SupaScoopa wrote:I usually use the below recipe from justbento.com as a basis, and buy the dumpling wrappers from the fridge section of Lim Chaurs Asian supermarket on K Road.


Make sure you buy the wrappers... they're a fucking bitch to make. Also, I love justbento and justhungry
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Postby SupaScoopa » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:38 pm

Yeah it gets a bit boring making all the dumplings once you are past about 10, making the wrappers yourself would just be self punishment... heh.


If you wanted something more 'meaty' in the dumplings you could probally experitment with some mock meat or textured vegitable protein. I think the tofu recipie is pretty sweet though.

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Postby Sasquatch » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:58 pm

Try and find some mushroom-seasoned soy sauce (or faux oyster sauce) and some Liquid Smoke. smash those two into your marinade / seasonings and they beef up the flavour a fuckload.
Those little TVP "granules" are awesome in dumplings as well. Soak'em in hot water for a few minutes to reconstitute them, then drain, squeeze out the water and marinade in whatever. Fuck yeah.
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Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:22 pm

niXon wrote:Tell us more about this "Aunty Mena" character. Please.


Sorry for not replying sooner. Truth is, it's a pretty long story. More than that. It's a hard-boiled, suspenseful story of treachery, espionage, illicit criminal activity, and lurid eroticism, all set amid the political and social instability of post-WWII, pre-communist Shanghai. Would you like me to tell you this story? Bear in mind that it is long, and that it rouses - even now, sixty years later - some quite painful memories - memories of a time, place, man and woman where nothing was ever as it seemed...

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Postby niXon » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:35 pm

This story sounds like the greatest thing in the history of the universe. Do go on.
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Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:40 pm

Christ, what have I gotten myself into. OK, Chapter 1 will be up by the end of the night.

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Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:22 am

AUNTY MENA’S DUMPLINGS
A non-fiction novel by some asshole on punkas

CHAPTER ONE

It was a suffocating Southern California afternoon in June of 1946 when I got a letter from a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in about three years, Henry Todd. The letter was written in Henry’s usual enthusiastic, yet singularly opaque style:

“Humbo ya rat bastard! Been awhile! How about our old General Patton passing away? Thought it would never happen! Guess the ol’ bastard just can’t live without the war. Got your address from a contact of mine - I hear you’re trying to make it in the movie game! Well, call that off and join me! I’ve got myself into a hell of a great situation here in Shanghai – since the Japs got booted out the place has been electric – and I need you to join me. Don’t worry about money – I’ll have all your expenses covered, and you can bet your ass there’ll be more to come! Just get here!!!

A broad smile conquered me as I poured a glass of vermouth. Henry Todd! If this was any other man, I’d have thrown the letter straight away. But Henry was a man I’d always put my faith in, no matter how dubious his schemes. Christ, the man was practically my best friend – though I hardly ever saw him. We had grown up together in a working-class Detroit neighbourhood; both our parents worked in the local Ford car plant. And both of us yearned to escape – and we both did, eventually, in a sense – I left to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career while he left to New York, ostensibly to write, too, though lord only knows how he really made his keep. Whenever I went to visit him, I’d always find his tiny, Greenwich Village apartment full of an ungodly mix of poets, drug addicts, whores, and heavy-set Italians with names like Gribaldi and Bugliasi. They’d drink, they’d smoke cigars, they’d play poker, they’d recite Dante and discuss Socialism, but most of all they’d fuck. At any hour of the day that you’d walk in, you’d see a couple (or more) going at it, with Bacchanalian vigor. A simple “how do you do”, and you could either join in if you were in the mood, or just sit on a couch with a book. Henry kept an enviably loaded bookshelf; I met one young man who went through the entire works of the Marquis de Sade in Henry’s apartment. He never took part in any group sexual activity; he simply lay on the couch, reading and tugging on his throbbing member.

But all good things must come to an end, and the escalation of the War brought with it a set of new priorities, outside of unbridled libertinism. By a twist of fate, both Henry and myself ended up in the same platoon - we both joined George Patton, fighting first in the arid deserts of Libya, and then among the beautiful sun-drenched houses of Sicily. All the while we were surrounded by the glistening blue of the Mediterranean, reddening everyday with the blood of our fellow men. Henry and I drank together as much as we could, and we seduced the local girls – and then we fought together as our comrades had their legs blown to pieces and their guts spilled out. I guess I must have saved his life once or twice; lord knows he saved my ass enough. Through it all, Henry remained inscrutable; he detested the fighting, of course, and yet he kept a curious remnant of a smile on his face that hinted at a deeper understanding, and that separated him the rest of us. In 1943, I was discharged and Henry and I went our separate ways; I decided to go back to Hollywood to try to get some writing work – maybe try to write something about my war experiences. Henry wished me the best, of course, but I knew I'd be hearing from him again – I didn’t know when, but I knew it would be sudden, and that I wouldn’t be surprised.

So it was, then, that I really didn’t hesitate too much after getting Henry’s letter – sure, it was a little vague, and sure, I hadn’t heard from him in three years, but I quickly dismissed these considerations. After all, Henry was hardly the man from whom you would expect conventional communication – he was too much enveloped in his own world to give thought to, as he called it, “bullshit modern etiquette”. Further, I really didn’t have much to leave behind. My job was floundering; I’d manage to interest DeMille in my work, but had got little further. Then there was my woman, a young, raven-haired actress broad who I kept fearing I (or one of her brainless co-stars) would knock up. Fuck it all, I thought. A writer needs to live. After all, I – Humbert Hoffman, born and raised in Detroit - was only twenty-eight. I guess you could say I didn’t really know what I was getting into – I guess I didn’t realise how much a man could change in three years.
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Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:23 am

In the next chapter - our hero meets Aunty Mena, and finds more than one surprise waiting for him on his arrival in Shanghai.

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Postby Andrew_TA » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:57 am

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Re: does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:00 am

well, I only really care about nixon's opinion

nixon? shall i continue?

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Postby niXon » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:14 am

I've had almost enough of you and your creepy avatar Andrew. I liked the story Don, and really hope you have written it and not copied it out of a book. I would like to hear chapter two regardless.
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Postby dustbinflowers » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:07 pm

Awesome!
I too would love to read more.
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Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:44 pm

CHAPTER TWO

Once on board the boat to China, I spent my days sipping Martinis and re-reading Confucius before joining the other passengers in the evening for dinner and bridge. It didn’t take long for me to get a sense of the kinds of people making the journey – for the most part, they consisted either of American opportunists such as myself, journeying to the Orient to try their luck, or wealthy Chinese landowners, making their way back from doing business in America. They may have talked about how heroic the liberators were in their fight against the Japanese, but they certainly seemed happy enough to sell this newly liberated land to the highest bidder – provided they kept their privileges, of course.

As the days passed, I started to focus my attention on two passengers in particular. The first was a young Chinese girl – only seventeen or eighteen – who would sit with a rare grace at the dining room every night with her aging parents, eating little more than half a bowlful of rice or some soup. Unlike her dour, unsmiling parents, she would sometimes flash a sharp half-grin, which would sit, for a few seconds, underneath her piercing fox-like eyes, creating a mysterious aura – comparable to the aura that, three years ago, Henry displayed in the battlefields of the War. I found her stunningly beautiful, but what impressed me more was her vitality - she was as shiny as a new silver spoon – and her innocence. While all of us men had our share of blood on our hands – I no exception – this girl provided a strong force of goodness to the dining hall.

No one could avoid the presence of Chen Chai-Chen. In his late fifties, with his face protected by a dark, food-specked beard, he was perhaps the fattest man I had ever seen. Every evening, he would sit with a group of Americans, holding court in a loud, effeminate English accent on whatever took his fancy. When the food came, he did not so much eat as attack the food like a back-alley rapist in a frantic, orgiastic fit of rage, stopping only to wolf down gin and take long, deep drags on his cigar. On my third night onboard, he struck up a conversation with me. After declaring his love for Rita Hayworth and Ingrid Bergman, the conversation shifted to the political situation in China. I asked him whether he, as a wealthy aristocrat, was at all afraid of the rise of Mao Zedong’s Communist Part of China, who was currently taking over much of the country in a resumption of the Civil War that World War II had brought to an uneasy halt.
“Not at all!”, he shouted, a piece of chicken flying out of his mouth and past my eye, “these men are common sewer rats. They may be able to take over some farms and a backwater village or two, but they do not stand a chance in the bigger cities. We have a strong army, and the Chinese people will not stand for it!”
“They have quite a broad base of support,” I hesitantly countered, “particularly among the young people.”
“The young, you say? Well… that is because the young have too many ideas in their heads – they like to throw around names like Marx and Lenin - and they know nothing about life.”
“Ideas can be very powerful”
“Yes, but they can be defeated. These so-called rebels, they will come to their senses. Everyone comes to their senses eventually.”
“Even the most sensible man,” I offered.
“Ha!”, Chen guffawed, “I like that! Even the most sensible man comes to his senses! Let’s drink!”
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Re: does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:45 pm

that's not actually the end of the chapter, the rest of it will be up later. I just need to go get wasted

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Postby Andrew_TA » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:51 pm

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Postby Huey » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:18 pm

butt dumplings? Yeah, I'll turd one out for you. :drinking:
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Re: does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby Don Lope de Aguirre » Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:50 am

do you actually want me to shit you out the rest of this dumplings story, Andrew?

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Re: does anyone know how to make dumplings?

Postby Rob Anybody » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:10 am

god fuck no
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Postby steeltoedsneakers » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:09 am

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