Shanghai Steamed Buns

Shanghai Steamed BunsEvery great city has its iconic foods – Memphis has barbeque, Baltimore has crab cakes and Miami has stone crabs. Way further east Shanghai, China is known for Xiaolongbao or simply Steamed Buns. What all these foods have in common is that when combined in the right way the resulting dish far exceeds the simplicity of their constituent ingredients.

Thin rice wrappers are hand rolled, stuffed with pork that has been mixed with aspic, sealed with exactly fourteen pleats and steamed in bamboo baskets. Variations of filling include crab meat, fish roe and vegetarian offers. The result is a “small eat” filled with a savory hot soup that is traditionally served with vinegar and ginger. Elegantly eating them is a challenge. The hot soup tends to squirt out and run down your chin. That is why most Chinese opt to eat them in one delicious bite.

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn’t intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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