While everyone seems to be squealing — and arguing — over love traces in K-dramas, you’re normally obsessive about all of the meals scenes as a substitute. “Wok of Love” is a unusual, outrageous romantic comedy that options loads of consuming and cooking scenes together with a love triangle, a talkative horse named Buster, and eccentric former gangsters. Seo Poong (2PM’s Junho), a former star chef at a grand lodge, groups up with Doo Chil Sung (Jang Hyuk), a former mortgage shark gangster and proprietor of a small Chinese restaurant, to be able to search revenge on the lodge proprietor and head chef. In between educating former gangsters the best way to cook dinner and falling in love with Dan Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won), Poong cooks up mouthwatering Chinese stir-fry dishes, noodle soups, and dim sum.
So it’s no marvel that you simply spend extra time going loopy over the meals than any of the love traces within the drama. We’re going to introduce a few of the most scrumptious Chinese dishes that you simply drooled over on “Wok of Love.” Let’s get proper to the meals!
Steamed Custard Buns (Lai Wong Bao)
Filled with milky egg goodness, these steamed candy custard buns are gentle, pillowy smooth, and easily irresistible. They are normally labeled as steamed candy custard buns on menus and located at your native Cantonese styled dim sum restaurant or bakery.
However, steamed candy custard buns are hardly ever baked in giant portions as they had been proven on “Wok of Love.” They normally are available a set of three in a conventional bamboo steamer.
Unfortunately, piggy custard buns are uncommon and troublesome to search out in lots of dim sum eating places outdoors of Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.
Steamed candy custard buns normally seem like plain white buns with a crimson or orange dot on high of every bun. Don’t fear! They style the identical. Just be very particular once you get them organized as a result of most dim sum eating places even have salty custard buns with melted, salty egg fillings.
Hong Kong Style Wonton Noodle Soup
Nothing says “I really like you” like a recent bowl of Hong Kong type wonton noodle soup comprised of scratch. Wontons are small balls of shrimp, floor pork, and spices wrapped in semi-transparent dumpling wrappers. The skinny, springy noodles are good in a flippantly salted, wealthy, clear broth comprised of pork, shrimp, and fish with a sprinkle of chopped spring onions or yellow chives. It’s alright in the event you don’t like fish soup; you possibly can barely style the fish. Besides, most non-traditional eating places choose making the broth from pork and never from fish.
Hong Kong type wonton noodle soup originated from Guangdong, China and is certainly one of many kinds of wonton noodle soup. Although the sort of noodle soup may be discovered virtually in all places in Guangdong, China and Chinatowns everywhere in the world, most eating places normally serve the watered-down Cantonese model with a primary pork broth or hen broth, limp noodles, and chewy shrimp.
It’s fairly onerous to discover a restaurant that serves genuine Hong Kong type wonton noodle soup, nevertheless it’s positively value all the difficulty.
Poong certain is aware of the quickest strategy to a foodie’s coronary heart!
Lotus Leaf Wrapped Sticky Rice With Chicken (Lo Mai Gai)
Poong’s model of lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice with hen (Lo Mai Gai) is very completely different from the standard Cantonese type of Lo Mai Gai. He additionally sliced the Lo Mai Gai in half. Because sticky rice dries out shortly and turns onerous, Lo Mai Gai is normally wrapped and stays wrapped till it’s about to be eaten.
Lo Mai Gai is a small serving of sticky rice combined with hen, Chinese mushrooms, Chinese sausage, and typically salted egg. The sticky rice absorbs all of the flavors after it’s wrapped with a lotus leaf and steamed in a conventional bamboo steamer. Since Lo Mai Gai is a well-liked savory dim sum, you possibly can do that out at your native Cantonese type dim sum restaurant.
Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow)
Shrimp dumpling (Har Gow) consists of a single shrimp steamed in a clear dumpling wrapper. This widespread Cantonese dim sum is deceptively easy. Even although Har Gow is without doubt one of the hottest dim sum at dim sum eating places, the dumpling wrappers are typically too thick and inconsistent. Just like Poong stated, the thinness and energy of 1’s dumpling wrappers are proof of 1’s abilities. The thinner the wrapper is, the extra proficient the chef is.
Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Shanghai soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) originated in Shanghai, China. Thanks to its seasoned pork filling, burning scorching clear pork broth in its pouch, and complicated ripples on the paper-thin dumpling pores and skin, Shanghai soup dumplings are unforgettable and simple to determine to foodies and noobs alike. The soup in its pouch was changed into a gelatin which received combined with the pork and different substances. Once it’s steamed in a bamboo steamer, the gelatin turns right into a wealthy soup once more.
Nowadays, Shanghai soup dumplings can be found virtually in all places — even within the frozen meals aisle at your native Asian grocery store. This solely means it’s much more troublesome to search out high quality Shanghai type soup dumplings outdoors of the Shanghai area of China and Taiwan.
There’s a trick to consuming Shanghai soup dumplings with out by accident ripping them aside, burning your tongue, and leaking soup throughout your bowl or plate. Gently pinch the highest of the dumpling together with your chopsticks and shortly place your spoon below it. That method, the dumpling pores and skin or wrapper received’t break and the soup received’t leak out. Remember to attend to your dumplings to chill down a bit earlier than biting into them.
To Poong, love is a six-course meal lovingly cooked and packed. If solely all of us had a private chef like Poong!
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EvaCh10 loves dim sum, Hong Kong type wonton noodle soup, and boba milk tea an excessive amount of for her personal good. Eva is at all times looking out for BTS fan artwork, K-dramas with advanced plots or mysteries, and movies and gifs of Lee Kwang Soo on “Running Man.” Say hello to Eva on her Instagram or Twitter.
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