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Good Shanghai Dumplings 上海小籠包 should be freshly made. Some restaurants are so proud of their dumplings that they let their customers watch how their dumplings are made. It is great theatre! The video clip above shows how chefs in Din Tai Fung (Hong Kong, 1 Michelin Star) made their special black truffle dumplings (黑松露小籠包) as a team. The chef closest to the camera made the ‘skin’ (pastry) by rolling a small dough flat. He then passed it to the second chef who put the special meat filling in. Black truffle was added by the third chef and the dumpling was sealed and put in the bamboo steamer by the last chef. The dumpling was weighed twice throughout the process to make sure that the correct amount of special meat filling (first weighing) and black truffle (second weighing) was added. Great precision! Continue reading >>

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Shuffling of Mah Jong could be fun sometimes but it is also noisy and time consuming. Automatic Mah Jong shuffle table was invented a few years ago but the initial version was a little primitive and slow. This version is far quieter, smoother and faster. 2 sets of tiles are needed per table. The first set of tiles are shuffled while the players are using the second set. All the players need to do is to press 2 buttons at the same time (new security feature- just in case one button gets pressed accidentally and messes up the game) to trigger a little platform to move up, push the tiles into the hole and press the buttons again. A set of tiles will be lift ‘delivered’ from the bottom of the table, ready for the 4 players to use. If James Bond ever plays Mah Jong, no doubt that would be his gadget! The technology has evolved to include dice tossing as well.  This means busy bees can fit in even more rounds of games in one go. Fantastic invention!

Glam rock Hello Kitty

Just when cute and innocent Hello Kitty started to get popular in the UK, (they are now sold in trendy Topshop and even Harrods– the famous luxury store!), Japan and Hong Kong, where the cats have been popular for over 30 years, are now celebrating Christmas with the Glam rock version.

Sticking to the original Hello Kitty spirit, they still have no mouth…..

Chinese birthday cake

Technically speaking, it is not a birthday cake. It is a birthday bun. In Chinese, it is called 壽包(pronounced as ‘sau bao’). 壽 means ‘long life’, 包 is ‘bun’. Traditionally, 壽包 are made in the shape of a Chinese peach as it is held in the hand of the God of Longevity. Continue reading >>