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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (Introduction)

Note: This recipes for Xiao Long Bao is very complex, basically an article—10 pages—rather than a post. Jan and daughter Miriam suggest that blog readers generally do not like such long posts. This recipe is actually four recipes in one, so I will post three of these as separate posts with an introductory and concluding post. For my readers who do not mind reading a long post, I will also post the entire article separately.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Note: Of particular interest—to anyone wishing to make Chinese dumplings—will be the discussion of the science of dumpling dough. Continue reading

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (The Soup)

Since it is impossible to pour hot soup into a raw piece of dough, there had to be a trick to making these soup filled buns. The secret is to turn the soup into aspic—a meat jelly. Many of the “quick” recipes call for using powdered gelatin. The more traditional recipes call for boiling pig skin for hours to break down its collagen to make the gelatin.  If you are using this technique, it is advisable to begin making the soup the day before you plan to make these dumplings.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (The Filling)

The most of the fillings, I found, for XLBs were fairly standard for Chinese dumplings. Pork or pork combined with shrimp with the usual set of seasonings—ginger, green onion, salt, soy sauce, and a touch of sugar. This is not to say that than you cannot make chicken or vegetarian versions of this dish.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (The Wrapper Dough)

The dough  for xiao long bao is the regular hot water dough that you make for any Chinese dumpling. Flour, salt and  warm water that is then kneaded until smooth and elastic. Since this dough usually has only three ingredients—flour, salt, and water—you would think this would be simple.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (Finishing Off the XLBs)

While the dough is resting set up an assembly station. You will need a floured flat surface and a small rolling pin. Put the meat mix with a spoon on one side, the cabbage pieces—drained and dried—and a steamer basket on the other.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (the complete recipe in one post)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

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Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Xiao long bao (小笼包, literally “little-basket bun”) is the hot new food in San Jose this year—several restaurants have opened or recently started specializing in these Asian delights. XLBs—for short—is a kind of dim sum that falls somewhere between a steamed bun (baozi) and a dumpling (jiaozi). Both of these are usually filled with meat and/or vegetables. Boazi tend to be dry both inside and out. Jiaozi may be moister inside, but are frequently put into a soup. With xiao long bao the hot savory soup is actually already inside the bun with the filling. Son-in-law Chris has challenged me to learn to make this uniquely Shanghai dish.

Note: Although the Taiwanese claim it as their own.

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Karl’s Xiao Long Bao (aka XLB or Soup Dumplings)

Note: Of particular interest—to anyone wishing to make Chinese dumplings—will be the discussion of the science of dumpling dough. Continue reading

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Karl’s Chicken Marsala and Butter Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is an classic Southern (U.S.) that is basically a chicken stew topped with biscuit dough. At my house it is a weekday comfort food, whenever someone is stressed out. Although I make this dish once or twice a month, I realized that I took it for granted and have never posted about it.

Karl’s Chicken Marsala and Butter Dumplings

Karl’s Chicken Marsala
and Butter Dumplings

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Karl’s Paraguayan Bori-Bori de Pollo Soup (Chicken and Dumpling Soup)

I had decided to make a chicken soup for a weekday dinner. I have gotten bored with my usual chicken noodle soup, so I wanted to do something different. Looking at my overall list of Country Views, I noticed that no one has ever visited my blog from Paraguay. I though what kind of soup would they make?

Karl’s Paraguayan Bori Bori de Pollo Soup (Chicken and Dumpling Soup)

Karl’s Paraguayan Bori-Bori de Pollo Soup
Chicken and Dumpling Soup

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Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings

When I make chicken and dumplings I usually have to use Bisquick. I have tied to make dumplings from scratch, but Jan has never liked my attempts which usually come out as tasteless, dense sinkers. She only likes the fluffy ones produced from Bisquick, which I find way too salty.

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings

Karl’s Chicken and Butter Dumplings

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Karl’s Stone Soup with Bread Dumplings

When your refrigerator and freezer are getting cluttered with bits and pieces, it is time to make Stone Soup. This is not entirely in the spirit of the story, but Stone Soup sounds so much better and classier than; “What is in the refrigerator soup?”

Karl's Stone Soup with Bread Dumplings

Karl’s Stone Soup with Bread Dumplings

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