Cook the Books! Dumplings Two Ways!

6 Feb

10 Responses to “Cook the Books! Dumplings Two Ways!”

  1. Cea February 7, 2013 at 5:38 AM #

    You are making me regret my decision to take the book back to the library without trying out the recipes. I got intimidated by the ingredients, and by the thought that I would need to buy a steamer as well as all the spices etc. But I live a couple of blocks from Chinatown. Surely it wouldn’t have been that bad.

    • ohbriggsy February 7, 2013 at 8:02 AM #

      oh man, maybe you can check it out again! there are plenty of recipes in the book where you dont need a steamer or many special ingredients. with these dumplings it was just all purpose flour for the dough. some of the more complicated doughs require other starches, but i saw them at every asian market i went in to. filling had napa cabbage but that’s pretty readily available. also, it seemed to me that you dont need a steamer depending on what you make–though you can pick up a cheap steamer in chinatown. i hope you try it again–good luck!

  2. Amanda Toop February 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    I was going to add that sometimes Uwajimaya is not the best place to pick up Chinese ingredients – however they should carry the black vinegar and Shaoxing rice wine. If you are up for an adventure you can try Ranch 99 in Renton (Great Wall shopping center) or Edmonds. ANOTHER fun option is to go to H Mart in Lynnwood – this is a Korean grocery store. They carry all the basic plus have a large assortment of Kimchee. In Seattle you could also try Viet Wah or Hop Than (we used to shop here but not so much anymore.) 12th and jackson has a lot of options. We also shop at Rising produce. this is at 10th and South King Street I think.

    • ohbriggsy February 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

      i agree about uwajimaya. i work right by the one in the ID, but i find the Asian markets down in White Center to be much cheaper. However, sometimes they don’t have some of the higher quality stuff or specific brands, so i need to pop over to uwajimaya to get those two ingredients during my lunch break.
      thanks for your other suggestions! i’ve never been to Ranch 99 but heard good things about it–i love adventure! i love H mart too! i covet a kimchi fridge for some reason!

  3. Douglas Durning February 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM #

    I just bookmarked your blog last week. I was hunting around on line looking at a lot of recipes for ramen and noodle from scratch as I have never made it (OR HAD IT!!??). I found your experiment with it and really enjoyed reading. I got enough of an understanding to go for it. Success! We had enough for 2 meals each and was deeply satisfying! My fiancee is a vegetarian (ovo lacto) and i made shiitake broth and tofu ramen with Lucky Peach noodles. And I got to use my hand crank pasta maker (3$ tag sale steal!) A lot of fun, Briggsy! Thanks for sharing

    • ohbriggsy February 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

      hey douglas! thanks! yeah, i had a lot of fun making that ramen. and i had never had ramen either, other than cheap grpcery kind when i was a teen. coincidence! i keep meaning to check out the ramen places in seattle but ive never gotten around to it. and hey, nice thrift store find on the 3 buck pasta maker! i love thrift stores so much! so are you going to join us (virtually) in making dumplings this month? it’s fun!

  4. Lorraine (Avalon Fiesta) February 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

    Yes! on the Arrested Development. No, on the House of Cards. I’m anxious to watch, but I know it will be a marathon. We made the samosas last night and are ready to try some more recipes. Thanks for your recipe notes, they are super helpful.

    • ohbriggsy February 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM #

      hi lorraine! thanks for stopping by! yeah, once you start house of cards, you’ll end up spending entirely too much time watching it and its not even that great. good, yes, but there are better shows.
      anyway, yeah, werent the samosas great? the filling was so tangy and tasty. loved it! have you tried more recipes yet? i’m really loving this book so far–everything has turned out really well and i’m learning a ton. so, mission accomplished2


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