July 10th – “Work your charm on any grumpy types.”

I don’t have any special charm for grumpy types. The best thing to do is to avoid grumpy people. When that isn’t possible, I distract grumpy people with things they like. From my experience, food is a good distraction.

Today, I made pork buns in preparation for any grumpy types who might cross my path.



Steamed Buns

2 ¼ teaspoon yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1 to 1 ¼ cup warm water

4 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt



  1. Proof yeast by adding yeast, sugar, and water (start with 1 cup). Wait for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy.
  2. Sift in the dry ingredients. Knead for about 10 minutes. If it’s too, add water a little at a time until you get a soggy sticky mixture.
  3. Let rise for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Punch down. Then divide into 16 pieces.
  5. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten, leaving the edges thinner than the middle.
  6. Fill with meat.
  7. Steam for 15 minutes.

Original recipe here


Pork Filling

5 spice powder

Oyster sauce

Hoisin sauce

Soy sauce


Grated/diced ginger

Grated/diced garlic

Rice wine or white wine


1 pound of boneless pork ribs or shoulder



  1. Add all ingredients, except for pork, to taste. Sorry, I don’t measure! Just try to sauce before putting the pork in!
  2. Marinade pork for at least 1 day before cooking in oven or pan.