Make Your Favorite Street Food by Lauren
Filled with confidence with my bad ass dumpling making mad skills after our private party with Fong, I made an encore of both vegetarian and meat dumplings for Friday night’s Ghetto-gether. (for more info on what a Ghetto-gether is, click HERE and for the dumpling recipes, click HERE) I’m always on the search for the perfect dumpling. Ever since living in NYC and wandering the streets of Chinatown searching for that one packet of perfection. (By the way my favorite is The Excellent Dumpling at 111 Lafayette Street). The small packages are jam-packed with a variety of different ingredients exploding with flavor. Years later, I moved to SF, with even a bigger Chinatown and got addicted to dim sum lunches. At Yang Sing Chinese waiters would push shiny little carts filled with a variety of different dumplings, steamed pork buns, lotus leaves filled with chicken, and sesame balls, among other Chinese delights. Pointing to something on the cart, they would place the dish in front of you and with excitement I would take that first delicious bite to find out what is waiting inside. With a trip last year to Hong Kong I was finally able to have the authentic dumplings right off the street. The real China. The real dumplings. I’d eat them from street carts or at a dim sum restaurant. At the restaurant, it is true they give English people a different menu than the Chinese. We looked around seeing others scraping meat off of chicken legs or buns filled with unknown ingredients we didn’t see on our English menu. We enlisted the help of a random Chinese man (with a lot of finger-pointing and various facial expressions) to order us some dim sum that only the Chinese would order. We were not disappointed.
So thus from my sheer love of street food, we cross these cultural borders in Friday night’s Ghetto-gether. What would you make if there was a street food challenge? What country would it be from? What story would you tell? The guests at this Ghetto-gether once again raised the bar. I am constantly impressed with the amount of thought, skill, creativity and culinary talent that is demonstrated at these events. Themes ranged the entire globe from Vietnamese with Nina’s Bun Thit Nuong and Kelly’s Banh Mi Thit, and Fran and Karen’s Spring Rolls to India where we experienced Virtti’s Bhel and Pav Bhaji from the streets of Mumbai. Heading east to Malaysia smashed up a Singapore style Sticky Crab and unwrapped Sticky Rice Parcels in Lotus Leafs. Onward to Australia, Rachel from the blog thusbakereszarathustra introduced us to her version of the Not Quite Chiko Rolls.
Jumping back across the globe we landed in South America with Yumi’s Pupusas with slaw, and trekking to Mexico, where the streets ushered us to Rima and Katie’s Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, Chris’s mayonnaise slathered and spiced Mexican Corn, and Hilary’s Mushroom Tacos on home-made tortillas, and Mitchell’s Tamales. Traveling up to Texas (yay!) we were introduced to Frito Pie, a staple at the Texas State Fair (and impossible to get Fritos here in Amsterdam, so these were flown in for the occasion!).
And then back across the pond once more to the UK where Jason, our gracious host for the evening, created street food with a insanely creative lovefood twist with his “painkiller” cones filled with all the brunch necessities one would need for a hangover. (which we all could have used the next day with 36 bottles of wine between 26 foodies!)
With so much food, people left with doggie bags and swollen bellies. Yumi summed it up by saying “I wish I had four stomachs!” These Ghetto-gether’s are usually held at a private residence but for our next event which will be on June 19th, the Ghetto-gether will be hosted in conjunction with The Kitchen which is a new concept of cooking and dining in Amsterdam where you cook what you eat and eat what you cook.
As always, the recipes from all these amazing dishes are in the comments section so that our guests upload their recipes and we have a “living”cookbook of the evening to share with each other and the world!
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