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Eating baozi (包子) and skateboarding in China

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This morning I went down the street near the metro station at Dafen to grab some baozi and jump on my skateboard for the first time in a VERY long time. I talked about baozi already before in my first blog post, “What’s for breakfast in China?” but I wanted to take a video for this post, so I thought I would bring them back. Also the first baozi article I did was on beef baozi, and today they were pork!

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Me holding a baozi, preparing to consume!

The baozi is a very traditional and one of the most common things that Chinese people eat for breakfast. This particular baozi was full of stuffed pork (Which was fatty and greasy, which is a little heavy for the morning but that’s why you don’t eat too many!) and also some cabbage, if I recall correctly. 1 of these baozi only cost 1 RMB, or $.15 USD so my breakfast only cost $.30 since I had two. That baozi was more than enough fuel to give me the energy I needed to pull off a few skateboarding tricks.

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As I proceeded to bite into the delicious baozi, something insane happened. The fatty pork juices dripped out, and nearly landed on my shorts! Luckily I was quick enough to recover, only having to explain to the camera what had happened with my mouth open and simultaneously full of baozi. A baozi stain is no fun – I assure you and I am happy I avoided it. Those juices however, are delicious so I highly recommend taking a more full bite and making sure you get the juice with it! After finishing those delicious baozi, it was time for some skateboarding. I used to skate a lot in my younger years (13-20 years old) but pretty much stopped shortly after high school. However, it’s still fun to roll around and do some tricks sometimes!

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Skateboarding in China for the first time in a long time! Check out the YouTube video below.

An enjoyable morning it was, though hot! By the time I was done skating, I was absolutely drenched in sweat. Nevertheless, please be sure to check out the breakfast video from this morning, which also comes with a little bit of skateboarding attached! What do you think of baozi? Let me know in the comments!

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How to make 猪肉包子, Chinese steamed pork buns.

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Today my girlfriend Maggie and I did an authentic Chinese recipe for 猪肉包子, or pork steamed buns. If you recognize the name, baozi, the first article on this blog was written about niurou baozi from the streets. We decided to make some at home, but with pork.

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A bunch of our baozi, before we steamed them!

 

The recipe was quite a bit of work, but the end result was well worth it. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large leek (chopped)
  • 1 kilogram ground pork (You can use less, this is enough for about 30 baozi
  • Salt (About 1 tsp)
  • Soy sauce (2 cap fulls)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of water

That is everything for the baozi, but we also made a nice pungent dipping sauce to go with it which is very easy to make and only has 3 ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of garlic chopped
  • Soy sauce
  • White vinegar (1 tsp)

To see how to make this recipe, check out the video on my cooking channel!

 

 

What’s for breakfast in China?

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Good morning guys. It’s about 10:47AM in China here, which means back home in California it’s 7:46pm. I woke up just awhile ago and had to make a trip to Wal Mart, so I grabbed some breakfast on the way. In China, it’s very common for people to work long hours and thus have less time to cook. So often times, people will take their breakfast togo, which is what I did this morning. As I got outside my apartment building (I live on the 21st floor) I stopped at one of the storefronts about 50 steps from my door. I picked up 4 niurou baozi. Before you become afraid of the name let me explain: “beef stuffed bun” is the literal translation here. Baozi, or 包子, is referring to a very common stuffed and steamed bun that many Chinese people eat for breakfast. The baozi can have pork, beef, vegetables, sweet potato, and a variety of other ingredients. My favorite buns would have to be beef buns, and of course barbecued pork buns which is a very famous Chinese food. I purchased 4 buns at 1.5 ¥ each, (~$.25 USD) threw them in a bag and took them daobao (to-go!) I went to Wal Mart to buy a few ingredients for a dish that I plan on cooking later this afternoon for a new addition to The Laowai Chef.

As I proceeded to make my way over to Wal Mart I bit into one of the beef buns. Very delicious beef bun and this store front is one of the few that actually does beef buns. Most small breakfast fronts do a variety of buns but usually do not have beef. I don’t know what the quality of the meat is like, probably not great in reality but the taste is phenomenal. A very savory and salty blend, nice texture, and very filling. Just 2 small buns was enough for my breakfast today, that’s about ~$.50! Have a look and check out that inner deliciousness!

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The inside of a beautiful beef bun

That’s it for now but I’d like to also leave you with a link to episode 2 of my cooking show: French Bread Pizza! Take a look at the final product! 😀

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French Bread Pizza from my YouTube channel.