I was growing up in Sibu, Borneo, we didn't have Dim Sum or Yum Char.
As kids, we longed for one dish when we went for wedding or birthday
banquets. It was the Siew Mai in my Cantonese dialect. Most of the restaurants were Foochows, I am not sure Siew Mai was a Cantonese specialty or a Foochow's. It is also called Sio Bee.
800 gram of ground meat (pork or chicken)
200 gram of shrimp (roughly chopped)
6 dry wood fungi (soak and cut small)
6 dry shitake mushroom (soak still soft and diced small)
4 stalk of spring onions - finely chopped
4 tsp of corn starch
1 tbsp of oyster sauce (Optional)
1 tbsp of soy sauce (optional)
1 tsp of sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp salt.
1 tsp of sugar.
60 pieces round dumpling wrappers, these are ready made Jiao Ji Dumplings that the Northern Chinese use. (You can roll them out yourselves,)
some green peas or grated carrot (for garnish)
1) Mix all the ingredients for the filling.
2) Cover with glad wrap, Chill for 30 minutes.
3) Spoon one teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper.
4) Thinly grease the plate you are going to place your Siew Mai to steam.
5) An important step as this stops the Siew Mai from sticking to the plate.
6) Shape the wrapper up around the filling with a small space at the top.
7) Sit the Siew Mai flat at the bottom.
8) Press a green pea on the top of half the Siew Mais.
9) Press some finely shredded carrot on the top of the other half.
10) I use a rack and a special tray with holes the Chinese use for steaming.
11) Steam over high heat for 12 minutes.
12) Serve warm with chili sauce. I prefer the Thai sweet chilli sauce for chicken.
13) Arrange them alternately, one green one orange for nice presentation, and the small bowl of chilli sauce in the middle.
Verdict: All 60 Siew Mais were gone in a flash!
Comment: Authentic Siew Mais
were made with crab roe instead of grated carrots. I wasn't going to
use crab roe because I might get people say, "what's that? I am not
going to eat crab roe." Besides, I am too stingy to use expensive crab
My friend's brave daughter Lisa has chronic kidney disease. They are raising funds by selling loom bands.
Loom bands are very popular with both boys and girls. Lisa's fundraising page!!! This is where you will see all that is up and coming in our fundraising efforts for her amazing trip with Koru Care Nz to California!!
blue flowers in my archives, Borage . The
leaves are edible and the plant is grown in gardens for that purpose in
some parts of Europe. The plant is also commercially cultivated for
borage seed oil extracted from its seeds. Anyone know how to extract the oil?
Naturopathic practitioners use borage for regulation of metabolism and
the hormonal system, and consider it to be a good remedy for PMS and
menopause symptoms such as the hot flash. The flowers can be
prepared in infusion.
I love visiting the Singapore Zoo, thy have a wonderful enclosure for th elephants, and these elephants perform for visitors. They don't seem stressed, and the enclosure look like their natural habitat.
Recently, some idiots killed the biggest elephant in Africa. I feel so angry.
Fijian Indian recipe. I am very fortunate to
meet friends from different nationalities and eat their food.This one
was very unfamiliar to most of you. It is made of Taro leaves ( Yam in South East asia)
Seina Ingredients: 10 taro leaves, washed 1/2 cup uradh dhal, soaked overnight 1/2 onion, optional Juice of 1 lime 3 chilies 3 cloves garlic 1 tspn. Salt Cooking Instructions:
Grind dhal. Add lime juice and salt. Make a paste of garlic, onion and
chilies and add to ground dhal. Smear dhal paste on the wrong side of a
taro leaf. Take another leaf, put paste on and place the second leaf on
top of the first one. Repeat spreading the paste on every single leave
until about 5 leaves are done. Roll up tightly, plastering loose ends
with the dhal paste. Tie with a string and steam for about 30 to 40
minutes. Remove string, cut into 1/2 inch slices and deep fry in good
quality oil (preferably olive oil) a couple of minutes each side or
until slightly golden.
I made my own enzyme to wash my floors and dishes, and use as
fertilizer, and lately I found out that snails and slugs get attracted by the yeast. So I experimented and found I can use the enzyme as a bait.
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