B & G’s Special Dumplings

Yesterday siu mai so
what else today but B & G’s special dumplings. Lacking mushrooms, we made a quick trip to
Chinatown East for dim sum this morning and to pick up some additional
supplies for dumpling preparation in the afternoon. G prepared the
oh-my-gawd-fabulous filling, while I played with potato and wheat
starch trying to perfect dough. Not easy, lemme tell you.

1) G’s special dumpling filling (shrimp, chives, scallops, shitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots); 2) peek-a-boo dough

you’ve got the dough and filling prepped, time to stuff the little
dumplings. Steamed 12 minutes later and voila,  fabulous B & G special dumplings.



3) stuffing the dumplings; 4) B & G special dumpling on bottom right; 5) a melody of the dim sum we made; 6) yummy!

Sunday’s Hot Doc’s Films:

They Chose China
Director: Shui-Bo Wang


Fascinating story of 22 US POWs, who, at the end of the Korean War, opted not to return to the good old US of A but instead held fast in their beliefs about peace and ended up living in China. The Academy Award-nominated director of this movie, Shui-Bo Wang, met one of these peace soldiers when he was a little boy and finally managed (after a 10 year struggle) to bring their – in the West at least – forgotten story to life. One of those excellent documentaries that tells a seemingly unbelieveable story. I wonder how many American xangsters even knew of this chapter in their history?

Brent’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Raised to be Heroes

Director: Jack Silberman



As a die-hard refusenik/peacenik myself, this doc served to reinforce my views on the military. It tells the story of Israeli soldiers who have decided to refuse military service (for new recruits) or assignments (for soldiers already in the army) in the Occupied Territories. While I think this story could have been told in about 20 minutes less (editor, get to work), there is a great story here which in two cases during the documentary is chilling as soldiers explaining why they have chosen their course of action compare the Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories to situations the Nazis faced in WW2. It is chilling in the comparison. Absolutely worth a see if only for these two comparison. As a hot doc should do, this piece will have you examine your thoughts on the Israeli/Palestinian situation again.

Brent’s rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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14 Responses to B & G’s Special Dumplings

  1. Anonymous says:

    buy some salmon cuts from the belly.. it’s cheap and you get alot of itsecond. grab yourself some ginger, soya sauce, sesame oil, red chilli and fresh lemon juice or lemons. and abit of sugar.
    heat the pan to med. a touch of oil to lub the pan. salmon belly cut in stirps. slowly pan fry it until it’s crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.
    for the sauce. .. slice some ginger, abit of oil to start. just a touch, heat up the pan ,add sesame oil and ginger and let the flavours bloom. then add the soy sauce and the red chilli pepper if you want and add a touch of sugar.. take it off the heat and pour it over the crispy salmon.  and wedge ur fresh lemons.. right before serving or eating.. squeeze the lemon juice over the salmon.
    you may add some toasted black or white sasame seeds.. i suggest white since sauce soya sauce is black. you want the color contrast for presentation.
    YUMM ?

  2. mattfifer says:

    ryc: sounds interesting! if i’m not mistaken, megumi was from kagoshima, a southern prefecture – that’s where i used to live…although there were lots of japanese abductees taken to the DPRK i could be mistaken. enjoy enjoy!

  3. mattfifer says:

    ryc: yeah i’ve heard $$ are outrageous, but i was just looking to procrastinate, and i love playing with movie maker :) the title is ‘dangerous living: coming out in the developing world,’ and it’s a very interesting movie. i’m currently exhausting UOttawa’s DVD library…there is something about renting DVDs for free that just seems so RIGHT. :) there is a BBC docu on north korea that looks extremely interesting, called ‘a state of mind.’ have you seen?

  4. mattfifer says:

    did you see the ‘dangerous living’ documentary? the interviewee from pakistan was really cute =)

  5. abcyeung says:

    dumpling looks tastly….I want some for my lunch too. Where could I get it??? hee..hee..

  6. kunhuo42 says:

    mmm…  those look good!  but i don’t like mushrooms…

  7. kangyunkun says:

    Brent, G is a great dumpling maker. The dumplings look inviting. How I wish that I could have had some that you made although I could make Jiaozi all by myself. Thanks for the nice pics. (Sorry, I don’t know how to start a commment .so I just wrote comments on dumplings here)

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  9. Anonymous says:

    wow those dumpling skins look amazing.. they look very hmm.. whats that word i’m looking for… lol theres a certain texture a dumpling skin has to be for it too achive the perfection moisture and texture taste to it. and from the looks of the picture it seems like the color of it is just correct.  crazy nice job haha.  anywyas. i’m gona go back to sleep now.. it’s too early for me to be up .. WAY too early.

  10. m3galomaniac says:

    I love the presentation and the dumpling sure looks DEee-LIcious, great job with the dough! and the filling…MMmmUHmmm..

  11. bennykan says:

    Maybe you guys need to consider opening a wonton noodle restaurant. The dumplings look way better! I like to watch docs as well as I am always curious about how histories shape up what we have now. However, I don’t think there will be peace for Israel and Palestine for a long time as Israel is still working on the settlement issues and the Palestinians are in the Hamas’ hands.

  12. MrJCHEN says:

    god you’re making me HONGRY!- jimmy

  13. Anonymous says:

    oh my – the dumplings look absolutely magnificent. *slurp*

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