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making siopao

THIS IS PROBABLY THE 10TH SIOPAO I MADE EVER SINCE I STARTED TEACHING BREADS IN GROUPS LAST 2007. I PERSONALLY DIDN'T LIKE SIOPAO OR STEAMED DUMPLINGS, I DON'T LIKE THE FILLING, THE BUN IS TOO WHITE TOO PALE FOR MY TASTE.

BUT SINCE MY STUDENTS WANTED ME TO TEACH THIS, EVERY SESSION, I WOULD BE ASKED IF SIOPAO IS INCLUDED IN THE LESSONS, I WILL ANSWER NO BUT I CAN GIVE YOU THE RECIPE.

WHAT A LAME ANSWER. IT WAS JUST A WAY FOR ME TO STAY OUT OF IT, HONESTLY BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE TO TEACH SOMETHING I DON'T LIKE TO EAT. HOW CAN I CRITIQUE THE DOUGH AND THE BUN IF I HAVE NO REASON TO PUT IT INSIDE MY MOUTH.

SO ANYWAY, I GOT TIRED OF ANSWERING NO SO I STARTED EXPERIMENTING, IT TURNED OUT GOOD BUT NVER EXCELLENT, I AM AT THE STAGE WHERE I AM STILL LEARNING, SOME TURNED OUT PRETTY GOOD, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM WITH THE STEAMING PART.

HMMMN. IT TOOK ME A YEAR TO PERFECT ALL THE BREADS I TEACH IN MY CLASS, I AM SOMEHOW NEARING INSANITY OVER THIS STEAMED BUNS. I HAVE GOT TO PERFECT IT, ONE OF THE STUDENTS WHO ASKED FOR THE RECIPE HAD TO KEEP ON CALLING ME EVEN WHEN I AM OUT SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES. IT TURNED OUT THAT HE TOO IS HAVING A PROBLEM WITH HIS STEAMING!

WELCOME TO THE CLUB!!!

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