Can't always be found in Gisborne! After a Skype session with my brother talking about making chinese dumplings, I thought I'd see what the web could point me to. And I found tons of recipes. How much I like this global network.
QingDao (I think), where all they make is chinese dumplings. Yes, that's it. There is a huge variety and they are all amazingly good. And lots of vegetarian ones too. Heaven on earth.
In Gisborne there are no chinese restaurant, just a few take-aways. They serve the traditional cantonese rice, sweet and sour chicken and so on. The food looks old and tasteless.
So last night I set to try out the recipe for making Ha Gow (shrimp dumplings). And they tasted just like the real thing. They are one my favorite kind, and I was surprised how easy they were to make. For the first time in months, I felt hungry last night and didn't feel sick after eating them. And I was still craving them when I went to bed. Might have to make some more soon. Double the amounts. Freeze some. Make more.