Saw this Tropical swallowtail moth (a.k.a Lyssa Zampa) again, stationary on the floor inside the mall. Because it's greyish black and white, it camouflaged well with the floor tiles and could get trampled on anytime. I feared for its safety.
And then, I saw 3 others of the same family on the way to the train station. So there has been more than one... all these while.
A tad unprepared but I guess I'll do just fine! Got a hang of rolling out each ball of dough with the rolling pin (please remember to flour the pin and parchment paper on the table top each time you roll out a ball) and voila! I successfully pleated my 1st to 10th Xiao long baos with thin and stretchy wrappers this time. Here's featuring two of them...
And I sprinted all the way from home to catch the earliest train I could to fetch 小雨.
My steamed Xiao long baos didn't look as neat as those wrapped with pre-made dumpling skins during my 2nd try. However, the addition of ginger-scallion water and cornstarch did give that stickiness and tenderness that was missing in the previous round. The self-made wrappers using all-purpose flour tasted more like my mom's bee hoon kuay or the Qiu Lian ban mian you get at food courts, rather than the skin of a steamed Xiao long bao served at Din Tai Fung. (Maybe I should try another dough recipe I saw, which uses a mix of all-purpose flour and bread flour.) I had used my own unsalted chicken aspic cubes, without the ham and fatty cuts of pork and no added gelatin powder, as found in most recipes.
And that gave two steamer baskets of Lefty Yang's homemade Xiao long baos. *Clap*
Still room for improvement though...
My yoghurt art tonight - a green moth (or butterfly?), inspired by the moths I have been seeing in town. I really ate quite some dried cranberries and sliced grapes as I tried to perfect this. Hmm... didn't yoghurt art used to be just some simple shapes, flowers or strawberry trees? Lol.
No, as with all insects, butterflies can't blink, without eyelids. But I still love this song, anyway.