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Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns)

Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns)
20th May 2012By KatePhotography by Adam When I was living in Japan I used to buy these buns from the seven eleven below my apartment. In true Japanese style in addition to the traditional Chinese fillings they came in all sorts of kooky flavours like pizza, cheese & curry and chicken and mayonnaise. Along with a can of hot coffee they were a most reliable cure after a night out clubbing in Ropponggi. On a more recent trip to Sydney, my two year old daughter took great delight in watching highly skilled chefs throw hand stretched noodles around the kitchen and produce baskets of gorgeously delicious steamed buns formed intricately into the shape of little pink pigs! “These buns are deliciously light and fluffy and can be filled with just about anything. “We purchased the BBQ pork (char siu) from an Asian take-out place, which made the filling really quick and easy to make. Makes 16 Buns Filling Heat oil in pan, sauté onion for 2 minutes. Related:  Appetizers and Side Dishes

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Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Behold my latest creation…THE BAKED POTATO GRILLED CHEESE! After the glory that was the Brocolli & Cheddar Soup Grilled Cheese , I began racking my brain for what other wonderful things I could deconstruct into grilled cheese format. Soon enough I had envisioned this piece of grilled cheese heaven! I mean how can you go wrong with fried potatoes, bacon, cheese, sour cream and chives all made into a melty grilled cheese? So here is how I went about making it. The Baked Potato Grilled Cheese 2-3 Strips of Bacon 1 Potato 2 tbsp of Sour Cream Cheddar Cheese Green Onions/Chives 2 Slices of Bread Butter Canola Oil Garlic Powder Salt & Pepper To start things off, get a pan on medium heat with enough canola oil to lightly cover the bottom (you could also use olive oil or butter). While cooking, salt and pepper the potatoes to taste (they don’t have to be too salty as the bacon with help with the saltiness as well) and sprinkle a light pinch of garlic powder. The greatness awaits Bob

Homemade Baked Mozzarella Sticks Mozzarella sticks are a delicious treat, probably one of the most popular appetizers at restaurants, and a fun party food. They tend to be rather fattening, especially considering they are usually fried, but they are so irresistibly tasty. So how do you give in to the temptation that is mozzarella sticks without the guilt? Make healthy, Baked Mozzarella Sticks! Here is a recipe I love, and your family will too. Ingredients 1 pkg. low fat mozzarella cheese strings (8-10 sticks) 1/2 cup flour 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten 1 cup dry bread crumbs or Italian style panko (seasoned) marinara sauce for dipping Directions 1. I hope you enjoy this delicious, healthy twist on traditional fried mozzarella sticks. Note: Some comments indicate that mozzarella is oozing sooner than time prescribed in this recipe- keep an eye on the sticks while baking and feel free to shorten the bake time to suit your oven. You May Also Like:

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Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms Are you a mushroom lover or a hater? If you are in the happy loving mushroom camp, have I got a ground breaking, life-altering recipe for you! If you’re a hater, then I’m really very sorry for your loss. Most people in my family are on the haters side, fortunately. Start out first with some cream cheese, parmesan cheese and spices in a bowl. Then mix it up so be nice and smooth. Now, gather your pizza toppings/ingredients… And toss them into the bowl of cream cheese. Mix it all up and that’s your filling! Then take a heaping teaspoon and fill up your mushroom caps. Bake these babies for 20 minutes and then pop them under the broiler until the tops get brown and lovely. Hello lover. Then get ready to head on down to flavor town! Mmmmmmm…….I love love loved these! Go team ‘shroom! Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms Ingredients: Directions: Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Siu Mai 31st May 2012By KurtPhotography by Adam These little bite-sized morsels are my absolute favourite item from the yum char menu. I quite often meet my wife and her family for a yum char lunch during the week. This recipe is simple to prepare, mixed all in one bowl. makes around 24 dumplings -- 320g minced pork 150g fresh shrimp, roughly chopped 2 spring onions, finely sliced 24 thin wonton wrappers 2 tsp oyster sauce 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp soya sauce 1 tsp cornstarch 1 tsp white pepper 1 tsp sugar Chilli paste to garnish -- 1. Recipe for Spicy Shrimp Sandwich with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise at Life I will be the first one to admit that I am not a huge sandwich person. Ryan loves them. He loves sub sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, meatloaf sandwiches, meatball sandwiches…I could go on and on. I on the other hand am not a huge fan. Avocados alone are pretty creamy so I was a little hesitant to mix them with mayonnaise but seriously, the result was like avocado heaven.

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels Remember those big soft cinnamon pretzels you’d buy at the mall after spending your babysitting money at Contempo Casual? These are like waaaay better. I think they might be my new guilty pleasure. Right out of the oven hot, sugary, and buttery-they’re amazing! Keep reading for the recipe and more photos of the process… Check out the recipe I followed here at Our Best Bites , and below are some photos of the process as well: The boiling with baking soda water (similar to making homemade bagels which I did here) is such a great trick to make the outside crusty and the insides soft!

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