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The magic of steamed buns

So, pot stickers, or steamed buns? I don't know which is the more perfect food. I think I enjoy Pot Stickers more, but they're a LOT more effort to do right (pan-fry, then boil/steam, make sauce).

Had "pumpkin" steamed buns. Forgot that pumpkin, outside the states, is a universal term for squash. Interesting, but not quite the sweet spicy goo that I've come to love.

Think that steamed custard buns are as close to heaven as one can get without any real effort or money. Think hyperbole is kind of sexy, too. Cannot figure out why some brands of red bean paste buns are sweet, tasty desserts and others are mounds of bean-flavor in puff pastry. There should be some sort of department of bun regulation.

I miss the wonderful baked turkey pockets at the eggroll and burrito stand in the west mall of my college campus. That was my $1.80 lunch for weeks at a time. Why, why were you brought up on charges of electronics theft and running a fence from your eggroll stand, my angel of fried rice?

Red bean paste steamed buns--and custard buns, most of the sweet buns--are like the full moon, mysterious and enigmatic, particularly if you didn't label them, because they're all little round white fluffy balls of dough once the wrappers come off. And really, aren't we all?

Why aren't there more fruit flavors? Then I could sing "ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, banana bun!" That's probably the reason. The bun-stuffers started singing all the time, the workplace was pure chaos. Making steamed buns must take an orderly and serene setting.

Am suddenly very hungry.

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atalantapendrag
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I love steamed buns.
spottylogic
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
*nodnod* There are sooo many different types at the big asian supermarket on Kramer/Lamar. They've got coconut custard steamed buns, mushroom-pork buns...it's a bunstravaganza. Wow.
herefox
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad someone likes them. I dislike the bun part of them, myself. It's sticky and oddly sweet and just doesn't appeal to me, much to the distress of my friends that love dim sum.
spottylogic
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I could imagine having texture issues with them--I don't like the way that the bread adheres to fingers. I just love the way the interior stays warm for, like, forever, and the variety of flavors is neat :) But there is no one universally acceptable food...
herefox
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just don't like sweet breads unless they're obviously desserts, I think....I don't like those hawaiian sweet rolls either. And the sticky texture doesn't help :-)
themiskyra
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
The kicker to the whole Happy Eggroll Stand Lady drama? She and the others in her fencing ring were let go without being charged, 'cause APD fracked up their case!

I remember the food from there fondly as well. We were all living by pennies and dimes at that time, and the stuff there was a lot cheaper than the Union's offerings.
spottylogic
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Really? I didn't know that! It sounds like a coup from that second-rate eggroll cartel that operated near the fountain on the dobie mall side of the campus. They did fajitas better than the Happy Eggroll Lady, but almost nothign else :( What I REALLY miss is Indian Bread, but anything from her stand would be a hit of food nostalgia I'd pay $10 for. Maybe.
furrybluenaki
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever had pot stickers or steamed buns.
spottylogic
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Then you haven't lived! Or you haven't lived on cheap chinese food, at least. Pot stickers are the standard chinese buffet dumplings. Steamed buns are a little less common, they're a soft, puffy white dough wrapped around a filling--sometimes sweet, sometimes vegetable or meat. They're really convenient, but probably not very good for you.
furrybluenaki
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Why yes, I have had those, and suspected that might be what you were talking about. They were so bready, so buny, and softy and puffy, and fairly doughy (and all other kinds of word-modifiers).

Didn't know what they were called.
paka
Apr. 3rd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
I used to work at a bakery that thrived on making buns (they did other stuff too - like they had seriously cheap egg tarts, and those kickass sesame balls). Hombow? I never did pick up much Chinese out of the experience.

Technically the place doubled as a cafe, because the finance-savvy of the two owners had figured out that declaring it a bakery incurred less tax expense. The other owner did the baking. Nobody else was allowed near the ovens except for apparently the guy who taught him how to do it. So Ben did baking, Carol handled all the expenses, and a random collection of native-English-speakers got to work the counter and coffee machines, including me. I lived on that stuff for a while to keep expenses down. Very filling, although pot stickers are lighter and probably better for your health.
spottylogic
Apr. 3rd, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh...those wonderful sesame balls. I can never quite get the recipe, but they are the guiding star of my Dim Sum experience.

My ex's mom could make potstickers from scratch. That was pretty amazing. I regret many things about breaking up with her, but that's in the top 10.
mercuryisme
Apr. 3rd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
I want to metaquote everything you write! Especially this:

Red bean paste steamed buns--and custard buns, most of the sweet buns--are like the full moon, mysterious and enigmatic, particularly if you didn't label them, because they're all little round white fluffy balls of dough once the wrappers come off. And really, aren't we all?

Can I? Oh, please please pretty please?
spottylogic
Apr. 3rd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Of course, I'm a complete attention whore.
eris_star
Apr. 3rd, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
:)
You make me laugh.
spottylogic
Apr. 3rd, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
I like the word "bun-stuffer."
furrybluenaki
Apr. 4th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
I like the word tangle-bun if it's such a word.
theprimrosepath
Apr. 4th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
"ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, banana bun!"

Aaand now I know what will be in my head for the next 4 hours. Good thing I'm not making any steamed buns this evening.
spottylogic
Apr. 4th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think I might, but just having visited the asian grocery store of the gods, I know they don't sell banana-flavored ones :( Ach, well...Pork buns it is!
spottylogic
Apr. 4th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh--if you're a "Bananaphone" fan, you might be interested in this weird mash-up of "Warm Leatherette" with "Bananaphone." Wheee!

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