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Cha Siu Bao

Look at what I’ve made last weekend!

Edited Oct 30th: Changed the name from Cha Xiao Bao to Cha Siu Bao.

I like to experiment with cooking, especially in the weekends. A few weeks ago I made pizza. Not frozen pizza, but a pizza from scratch, dough and everything! Not that it’s that difficult. I made it with lamb meat, champignon and onion. Erh, the pizza that is, not the cha siu bao.

For those who’re interested, here’s roughly the recipe I used (freely converted from a recipe I found with Google):

Dough

  • 9 dl flour (hvetemel)
  • 2,4 dl lukewarm water (should be milk though!)
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1,5 dl oil

Filling

  • Some cha siu (Cantonese barbecued pork)
  • Half an onion
  • Soy sauce
  • Sweet soy sauce
  • Potato flour

The original recipe was somewhat different, but I changed it a bit, because I didn’t have milk, and I didn’t have all the ingredients for the filling, so I just made something more or less randomly. Other than that, I mostly did what the recipe described.

  1. Mixed one tablespoon of the sugar with the yeast and some of the lukewarm water in a bowl.
  2. Added the rest of the stuff for the dough, and mixed it with a mixer. Added more dough untill the dough wasn’t too sticky and wet. (Untill dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.)
  3. Took out the dough of the bowl and kneaded it a bit, adding flour so it wasn’t too sticky. “Untill smooth and elastic” according to the recipe.
  4. Put the dough back in the bowl, covered with plastic wrap (actually, I used a plastic bag since I didn’t have any plastic wrap), and let it rise for one hour.
  5. Chopped cha siu and onion into small pieces, less than 1cm cubes.
  6. Fried the onion untill soft. (Not deep fry, just normal fry. Steke.)
  7. Added the cha siu. Fried untill somewhat warm. Then added sweet soy sauce and normal soy sauce. (I don’t remember how much I used, I just poured untill it looked about right.)
  8. Then I think I added potato flour mixed with water to make the filling thicker (less like water and more like syrup), and poured the filling out into a bowl.
  9. I also cut apart some… hmm… “bakepapir”, paper used in the oven for baking stuff, into small squares. You’re supposed to use “matpapir”, which is the paper you use for packing bread for school, but I didn’t have any of that. Baking paper is too smooth, so the dough doesn’t stick as well.
  10. When the dough had rised for one hour, I took it out and kneaded it a bit more. Then I formed it into balls, flattened the balls, put the filling in and wrapped the dough around it.
  11. Finally I steamed the bao in a wok, since I didn’t have any proper equipment for steaming.

Some things I noticed:

  • The baos growed quite a lot when steamed. Even though I thought I made them too small, they were about the normal size after steaming!
  • They did taste somewhat different, I think it’s because I used yeast in the dough instead of baking powder, which is more commonly used in cha siu baos. The filling tasted somewhat right, but it was mostly because the cha siu had so much spice on them, so they made most of the taste.
  • I put in too little filling. And yet I had trouble closing the baos…
  • Except for those points, I was surprised that I the baos turned out so similar to the ones I’ve eaten before!

So, there you have it. Maybe I’ll try to make something else some other time. Dan tat! Not sure if that isn’t too difficult to make, though. I guess I’ll just look up a recipe and see how it looks.

 

Posted by on 2004-10-26 in Uncategorized

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Samurized my desktop


You may have noticed that I’ve changed the colors of the website a bit. Stark blue was a bit too… much, I must admit. I’ve also worked on my Samurize config a bit. The image on the right is what my computer desktop currently looks like.

Samurize is a program that can show information about your computer, and also it can show other things like images, information fetched from internet and a bunch of other stuff. My config in the screenshot shows, from top to bottom:

  • Calendar
  • My time schedule and a clock
  • A todo-list
  • CPU usage, net usage, free RAM, free HD space, battery charge, e-mail counts on my four e-mail accounts. (No, I don’t need four e-mail accounts, I just happen to have four…)
  • My IP addresses
  • “Oppetid” is the Windows uptime, which tells how long time the computer has been on without reboots.
  • Weather conditions now and for the next two days
  • The current weather map

I don’t really use the map for anything except to spice up the desktop a bit… Maybe I’ll change it with something else later, or just remove it. The wallpaper is just something I found on the internet, I don’t know where it’s from or who made it… I don’t even have the website where I got it anymore.

University was quite busy about a week ago, but right now it’s not quite as busy. There are currently two exercises scheduled for delivery, but the one for next Monday is nearly finished, and the next one is due in about two weeks, so I’m not too worried about any of those (yet). However, I also just found out that I do have another project which is due in a month, so I guess I ought to get started…

Yesterday I went to make food for a church mass (? “messe” in Norwegian, I’m not sure if “mass” is the right translation. At least I know it’s not “mess”.) with my cell group in Laget. I arrived late because I had a lecture at the time it should’ve started, but I did manage to help a bit. And I didn’t do anything extremely embarassing like burning the juice and putting salt in the tea, although I did drop a batch of plastic spoons. Ergh.

Other than that, I’ve been playing a lot of Chrono Cross lately. It’s a somewhat old game, but it’s still quite enjoyable. I’ve been playing it for weeks, but I still haven’t finished disc 1 of 2! Also I’ve got about 20 playable characters now, and even though not all of them gets lots of story and character development, it’s still somewhat amusing. I’m not sure how much I could write about the game without boring you, so I’ll just leave it at this, and show you a photo of the gamepad I bought for playing Chrono Cross:

I do write rather a lot, don’t I? I’m sure nobody bothers to read all of this stuff. Well, at least I can look back at this as a sort of diary, I guess.

 

Posted by on 2004-10-22 in Uncategorized

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Family dinner

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I only took one picture when my family visited me and Leon.

Hah, I didn’t take a picture of just the food! How could you think something like that! I’m not in the photo though, since we wanted to start eating, so I didn’t bother to try and use the timer function on the camera.

Except for eating, we also went to a rotating restaurant! Well, we still ate there, but it was at least rotating! The rotating restaurant is located near the top of a tower (I think it’s a TV tower, or something…), and the floor rotates, so you can see all the view from one dinner table, without having to move it around in the restaurant by yourself!

We also visited Nidarosdomen, which is an old stone church in Norway. And we went around shopping in Trondheim city, although all I can remember us buying was food.

It was a nice time, and it felt like a vacation, since I didn’t do any school work while they were here.

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Posted by on 2004-10-10 in Uncategorized

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