Home made yummy dumplings!@Lee’s family home

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An impromptu personal dinner invite by CK, and I was feeling highly honoured to be the only food blogger around haha.

Tonight’s menu: home made dumplings, by his wife, Fu Min!

Her petite and light body frame, allowed her to have the agility to dash out to the pot, dash back in to wrap more dumplings, made more skins etc. Now, this is some ladyironchef skills going on yo!

She even had Maria, her eldest 8 year-old girl as her dumpling tracking manager, who kept tabs of how many were produced. This kid could possibly be a F&B manager in the future!

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Every ingredient was made from scratch. The dumpling skin, required hard efforts of moulding, shaping, rolling into tangy, chewy, supple sumpling skins.

The meat ingredients inside: added with herbs, spices, chopped garlic, and meat nicely pounded to form a lovely uniformed mixture.

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Tad-ah! These beauties are all wrapped nicely like christmas presents!

She also sells pre-made dumplings like these to customers and households within the vicinity of their home.

Foodieventurers out there..Worth every penny yo for families who want fresh and health home made dumplings!

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These babies are bow thrown into the hot pot of broth. I helped out with stirring the pot and adding water (that was about the most useful thing I could offer in this process haha).

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The boiling and cooking part only took a mere 5 minutes or so, and whoah-lah! These beauties are ready!

Now this is what I call..sincerely cooked food with all the love and passion added into it. Spicy lovers like myself, prepped a small bowl of soy sauce mixed with dried shrimps chilli paste and chopped garlic as a dipping sauce. And now…let the hunger games begin!

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The great part about the dumpling was that the skin was tangy and fresh, and the minced meat inside was good quality, nice flavoured and once you ate them, you would know….”this feels like home”. An added kick, is that not only did it taste home made, the flavour and feel of his wife’s home culture in China somehow infused in.

I was told that they served this during their time in China, to friends and families who visit them over a meal, and just have relax and have a good time eating plates and plates of dumplings over a cold drink/beer….. well in this case, we were washing our food down with Black Nikka and Ballentines gold 12 years, teeheehee.

Maria and I had a dumpling challenge. 20 pieces no less! But I waved the white flag shamelessly. By the 15th piece, my tummy was shutting its doors already while the kid was still pushing it on over 20 pieces. Gosh….youth, oh youth!

It was fun filled time catching up with the family and also witnessed how dumplings were made following the style of her Chinese home town.

Foodieventurers who are sold by my story and are keen to try out ladyironchef Fu Min’s home made pre-cooked dumplings (I guarantee as a sincere foodventurer that you won regret it!)….you may call CK : 018 760 6888 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chippie Chips@Made in China

Demona: Recently, I went on a business trip to Hanzhou, China, which was also my first trip to the country itself. Foodventura-ing in Hanzhou wasn’t much to my liking. It was a 10 course super duper trooper oily meal every breakfast, lunch and dinner… even supper! I wondered if the locals drink oil rather than water for survival. By looking at their infamous dish, Tong Puo Rou, you could feel your cholesterol level shoots right up the roof. What was equally unpleasant was the terrible air condition over there, you could really feel your breathing capacity greatly constrained.

Being a courteous girl like myself *ahem*, I bought some funky looking, flavoured chips produced locally in China home for Dogma as gifts and also for our food venture sessions (I bought these also because there weren’t much that were interesting enough to bring back home)

Demona: I bought these small lil’ packs of locally made chips with some really funky flavours eg: stewed mutton, curry beef, barbequed pork for about an SGD dollar each.

Demona: The chips were average. They were quite crunchy but some flavours didn’t taste like what they were supposed to be. None stood out from the rest, thus we had no breadwinner from the family. However, for the price of only a dollar, we have no rights to criticise further.

Demona: At the Shanghai airport itself, I saw this funky D2 Doritos mini pack, SGD 1. The content was a little dubious as the description of the taste wasn’t written. Nevertheless, the marketing team for this product definitely deserved a fat bonus from Doritos, because despite not knowing what exactly was the flavour itself I still bought it anyway because the packaging was just.. sooooooo cool looking.

Demona: Even this pack caught Dogma’s eyes. We came to a conclusion that D2 just meant that the flavour of the nachos were twice as strong. In this case, peppery and cheesy. They weren’t too bad… slurps!

Demona: This flavour caught my eye too! Lays Cucumber:Natural and COOOOOOL. At first I wondered why the name was given in such a way. Until I finally tasted one, then I knew. In some wierd way, the chips gave a menthol after taste. And definitely, a very cucumber-y feel. Sorta makes you feel like you’ve just swallowed a icey cold facial mask. I must say, it was an acquired taste. It wasn’t Dogma’s cup of tea. I finished most of it anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ SGD 2.50

Verdict: Maybe if I had stayed long enough there, I’ll start to enjoy these locally flavoured chips.. but for now, Dogma and I are still sticking strong to our Kettles, Mister Potatoes, Ruffles, Lays, Calbee with familiar flavours. Anyway, this is what Dogma and I truly enjoy doing. Discovering new places, new tastes, new experience. In this case, it was chippie chips!