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Chinese Pork Dumplings In Tamarind Broth

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Chinese dumplings in soup – there must be a thousand and one variations. Different stuffings, different shapes, different wrappers to enclose the dumplings, dumplings without wrappers (spherical), different broths/soups, thick soups, clear soups, different vegetables to include in the soups, etc, etc, etc.
Then there are all the other Asian countries who have their own traditional versions of all of the above. So, basically, there is probably a MILLION and one recipes out there, one better than the other. 🙂
I have prepared many different ones myself over the decades, both while working in Asia and learning from the locals, as well as creating my own versions of some of the ones I learned to prepare over the years.
The point is, there are too many Asian dumpling soups to mention, but here I give you the most basic, delicious and quick version there is. Once you master this, you will be able to build on that knowledge and practice, preparing your own versions with the ingredients which are the most easy to obtain, the most affordable and the most delicious for your own preferred taste and texture. For this basic recipe, I suggest that you use store-bought wanton wrappers, ground pork and tamarind broth. Then, next time, move on to shrimp, lobster, scallops, chicken or whatever protein you prefer, then use any vegetables or mushrooms you have at hand, any broth/soup such as chicken, beef, fish, sour, spicy, with or without egg, thickened or clear, with or without garlic, with or without ginger, sesame oil, chili oil, fresh lime, calamansi, or – WHATEVER !
Just try to make the whole soup a harmonious combination of flavors and textures. 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Click here for  CHINESE NEW YEAR EGG DUMPLING SOUP ( 蛋饺 ) ( DAN JIAO )  on  ChefsOpinion    (Click here to read about : The Year of the Pig begins on Tuesday February 5, 2019)

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P.S.
To prepare the tamarind broth, season chicken beef, seafood or Vegetable broth with tamarind paste or granulated tamarind to taste
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Just a pretty set………

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Pork Dumplings In Tamarind Broth

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Pork Dumplings In Tamarind Broth

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Preparation :
To read instructions, hover over pictures
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Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

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I have  taken to the habit of having Pho at “Pho 79” in Davie, while I wait for the nice Ladies at “Davie Coin Laundry” to take care of one of my lesser liked weekly chores. Both establishments are by far the best of their kind in this area (Ft Lauderdale to the Keys and across to Ft Meyers), so I am really lucky to have found both.
Now to the point :
While the Pho at Pho 79 far outshines any other Pho around here,  if you eat like I do, you will pay the price. Mind you, this is in a strip mall, no decor, no service to speak of, very run down environment and I really only go there to enjoy the Pho, but if I want a decent portion my bill comes to a whopping $24.00 without tip . This includes a diet coke, a large Pho and one portion each of extra noodles, tendon and tripe. While this might sound like a lot, it really isn’t. Yes, there is a huge amount of broth, but inside is a VERY small amount of noodles, a minuscule quantity of paper thin (as it supposed to be sliced) brisket and a tiny (I guess maybe 0.5 oz of each tendon and tripe. The additional side orders are only slightly bigger. So, while all this leaves you full for about one hour, it is mostly broth you consume, excellent prepared food but at a hefty price.
Onward to the solution – making my own tripe and noodle soup, TWO large bowls of soup with LOT”S of noodles, tripe and greens for a total of about $ 8.00 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

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Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

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Pho at PHO 79 :
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pho at PHO   (great taste but as you can see, mostly broth and herbs)

pho at PHO (great taste but as you can see, mostly broth and herbs)

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Preparation of Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup :
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blanch tripe in saltwater 3 times

blanche tripe in saltwater 3 times

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beautiful :-)

beautiful 🙂

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cut into stripes, not too fine so when cooked soft they retain some texture

cut into stripes, not too fine so when cooked soft they retain some texture, cook until almost tender, strain

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finish cooking with chilies, kosher salt, grated ginger and garlic paste, strain, keep hot

finish cooking with chilies, kosher salt, grated ginger and garlic paste, strain, keep hot

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chinese egg noodles

chinese egg noodles

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cook in saltwater for about two minutes, strain, toss with sesame oil

cook in saltwater for about two minutes, strain, toss with sesame oil

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place in serving bowl

place noodles in serving bowl

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top with blanched bok choy

top with blanched bok choy

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beef stock, (for recipe, click here) fortified with star anis, garlic paste, grated ginger and seasoned with salt, pepper and fish sauce

beef stock, (for recipe, click here)
fortified with star anis, garlic paste, grated ginger and seasoned with salt, pepper and fish sauce

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to serve, top noodles with broth, tripe and scallions

to serve, top noodles with broth, tripe and scallions, drizzle with chili oil

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Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

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Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

Chinese Beef Tripe And Egg Noodle Soup With Bok Choy And Chili (Mondongo Chino) (Kuttelsuppe Mit Nudeln)

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Lunch At The China Pavillion

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One  should think that living in a city like Miami will offer the opportunity for endless good food. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Good restaurants are hard to come by around here, especially on a down to earth budget. ( Say $50 Per person for lunch, food only). While some  (few) great restaurants and a bunch of acceptable joints do exist, sadly, most folks around here still think seared mahi mahi with mango salsa or a breaded fish sandwich with coleslaw and fries is on the forefront of culinary innovation. Therefore, I usually stick to the handful of great ethnic restaurants I have grown to love and enjoy over the years. I know where to find great portuguese, italian, korean, vietnamese, russian and chinese food.
Last sunday I went to my favorite dim sum place, “China Pavillion ” in Pembroke Pines.
On weekends during lunch time the place is frequented by mostly chinese customers, which is usually an indicator of authentic food. Maria and I have been going there for many years, sometimes three times a week. The decor is your standard crappy shabbiness and most of the waitresses would not win awards for friendliness. But here is where “the bad” ends.
The food is extremely reasonable and very good, the service usually is fast and efficient. All in all a great lunch experience when the craving for authentic dim sum at a reasonable price level wins out on your lunch choice. I usually order ten to twelve portions for me, but that will then be my only meal for the day.
Great place to meat with friends and share the menu up and down again until somebody finally moans “enough” 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Steamed Honey Comb Tripe , Ginger, Scallions

Steamed Honey Comb Tripe , Ginger, Scallions

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Braised Veal Ribs, Fermented Black Beans

Braised Veal Ribs, Fermented Black Beans

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Fried Crab Balls

Fried Crab Balls

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Steamed Crab Dumplings

Steamed Crab Dumplings

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Roast Pork "Paste"

Roast Pork “Paste”

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Steamed Buns With BBQ'd Pork

Steamed Buns With BBQ’d Pork

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Steamed Buns With BBQ’d Pork

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So I Threw A Coconut In He’s Face…….

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My  drinking buddy is always right.
He said onion is the only food that makes you cry.
So I threw a coconut in he’s face.

coconut

Question:

Do cannibals get hungry one hour after eating a china man?
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Three cooks, one from Kentucky, one from California and one from Oregon, were sitting on a park bench passing the time. Suddenly, the cook from Kentucky reaches under the bench and drags out a new bottle of bourbon, takes a big swig, tosses the bottle into the air and shoots it with a pistol.
“Why the heck did you do that ?” asked the cook from California.
“We got lot’s of bourbon in Kentucky” was the reply.
Next the cook from California takes out a bottle of fine wine, takes a huge swig, throws the bottle into the air and shoots it with a pistol.
“Why the heck did you do that ?” asked the cook from Oregon.
“We got lot’s of wine in California” was the reply.
The cook from Oregon takes out a bottle of Henry’s Private Reserve beer, takes a humongous swig and shoots the cook from California.
“Why the heck did you do that ?” asked the cook from Kentucky.
“We’ve got lot’s of Californians in Oregon” was the reply.
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How to reach inner peace:

 I am passing this on to you because it was passed on to me and it has definitely worked for me like a charm. By following the simple advice I read in an article, I have finally found inner peace. It read: “The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you’ve started.” I looked around to see all the things I started and hadn’t finished… So far today I have finished one bottle of vodka, a bottle of red wine, a bottle of Scotch, some Valium, a small box of chocolates and 9 beers. You have no idea how good I feel. You may pass this on to those you feel are in need of Inner Peace.
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Strawberry toppings:

Young Hans lives across from a horse farm. The farmer was driving out unto the road with a load of horse “fertilizer”.
Hans saw him and called, “What’ve you got in your truck?”
“Horse Manure,” the farmer replied.
“It stinks! What are you going to do with it?” asked Hans.
“Put it on my strawberries,” answered the farmer.
“You ought to  come to our house,” Hans advised him.
“We put sugar and cream on ours.”
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Life is Good !  
It’s even better when you’re having fun !
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” Bok Choy, Gnocchi & Spicy Italian Sausage “

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Today’s fusion confusion dinner    🙂
Whatever you want to call it, this is a wonderful concoction, worthy of an original name.
How about ” Boknocchi ”  or  ” Gnocchibok “?  Gnocchoy ?     🙂
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Ingredient’s :

Bok Choy
Gnochi
Spicy italian sausage
Scallion
Oregano
Red bell pepper
Onion
Garlic paste
Olive oil
White wine
Cayenne pepper
Salt

Method :

Sautee sausage in oil until starting to brown, add onion and garlic,
sautee until translucent, add peppers and bok choy, saute one minute,
add gnocchi, wine and seasoning and – Voila !

This recipe lends itself for you to be creative  !

Asian style : Substitute gnocchi with rice or egg noodles and
add asian seasoning such as soy, sesame oil, ginger, etc.

Indian style : Substitute gnocchi with diced potatoes and
add indian seasoning such as garam masala, lots of fresh coriander etc.
Use your imagination !

Bon Appetit !     Life is Good !

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