Videologue #5 Dumplings



Back in Korea(which was only 3 years ago but feels like 13!), I learned to make homemade dumplings from my children’s nanny who was Chinese… and I was blown away. She was a humble simple woman who of course never had any training in any sort of fancy Chinese cuisine but even the most humblest homemade dumplings were ever so much better than any Korean or Japanese famous or fancy dumplings I have ever tried before. After that of course it only made sense why Chinese dumplings are ever so much famous than Korean or Japanese dumplings. After a meal of even the most delicious dumplings you actually always crave for some refreshments… they are quite an heavy meal all the yummy savory meat and veggie juices call for something lightening! If dumplings slightly more authentic are so delicious,  I suddenly have the crave for gelato’s, not any but the kind you would eat somewhere someplace in Italy. If eating dumplings the Chinese way is ever so much better, I can only imagine how amazing It would be to be eating gelato’s in a little street in Italy.. my thoughts randomly just chasing one after another… I am picking up habits from my toddlers, or maybe with my 10th wedding anniversary coming up I am getting imaginative with my next food experiences coming along!

Homemade Chinese Style Dumplings
Homemade Chinese Style Dumplings

These homemade dumplings are more than half vegetable, usually I would put large portions of cabbage, shitake mushrooms, green onions, chives, but this time I made a little twist. I salted cucumbers and wringed the water out, and left out the mushrooms because I would think the scent of cucumbers and mushrooms might clash.. wanted to keep things more simple and clean. According to my tastes buds, the result was a much more lighter and balanced taste without the savoriness affected at all. We finished the whole batch I made… closely 100 dumplings over 2 days,  I love dumpling nights!

Author: lalaladaylight

About myself. I was a Child of Norcal. I marked my first blank sheets of life in a coddled dreamy university town reading, writing, drawing, and when I was not, ferociously rode my bike and sun bathed among the college and graduate students with beautiful minds. I lived half my childhood up in trees, had a free roaming little life that has become so rare in these times where I am raising my children. I suddenly became a teenager in Seoul Korea, where hearts were made to beat to pop culture and academic achievement… completely different and fascinating from what I had known to that moment. Toughness and a bit of spicy sass to withstand competition was the absolute cool. The blends of both lifestyles led me somehow to become a fashion major and afterwards a fashion PR girl in a most intoxicating fast moving Seoul fashion scene. Fell in love with the right guy, and after a few years somehow I find myself as a rookie at the Socal chill culture in San Diego. A Mama of 3 littles and supportive wife and best friend to my right guy in perfect beautiful San Diego. I am a collector, a never ending learner of all analogue and digital creative crafts and hobbies. I am a visual and lyrical story teller, telling intimate tales that generate from my table with my hungry loved one’s sitting by my side.

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