Friday, September 3, 2010

A Birthday Feast

For my Birthday this year, I decided to cook my own special Birthday feast!  As Teena and I both love going to Yum Cha, I wanted to try cooking some myself at home.  I'd found a recipe for Sweet Pork Buns in a book...  It looked easy enough and I wanted to try it as soon as I saw it, so this was a good opportunity to try it out.  So in the end I came up with the following menu:

Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Steamed Sweet Buns, Fried Rice and Hot and Honeyed Chicken Wings

The Vegetarian Spring Rolls were very tasty.  Teena doesn't usually like spring rolls, but she did like these one.  I found the recipe at  They were fairly easy to make, but I ended up using all the wrappers and still having a bowl full of vegetables and noodles left over.  We just fried that up for dinner though so it wasn't wasted.  We froze the leftover spring rolls and they cook up just fine after defrosting them.

The original recipe for these Sweet buns were with a pork filling. As Teena is 16 weeks pregnant, we are being careful with the food she is eating.  So I made the filling with red beans instead of pork.  I wasn't sure how these would turn out but I was hopeful as i really love these when we go to Yum Cha!  I'm happy to say they were delicious!  A bit involved as it takes a while to prepare the dough, but once that's done it was fairly easy.  They may not look so great in the picture, I should have taken one opened up...  But they do taste great, the bun is so sweet and soft, and the filling turned out great as well.  You can see the recipe for these here.

I also love fried rice.  This one was a little different then usual with some ginger and shredded Chinese cabbage in it.  It was nice but I prefer the type you get in a restaurant, something I've never really been able to recreate...

These chicken wings are so tasty!  It's really hard to stop eating them...  I've made them before though, so you can see the recipe here.

So needless to say, I had a good birthday :)


  1. Happy Birthday! And congratulations on your upcoming daddy-hood. I can't wait to see the recipe for those buns.

  2. The buns turned out Fabulously! David put in a lot of effort to get the dough right, it took 4 hours just to rise, and they turned out perfect. He even made up his own recipe for the filly and it was delicious! The buns were my favourite, they went very well with the chicken wings which always turn out perfect. The spring rolls were also great and went well with the left over veggie stirfry the next day!

  3. For David's birthday we got him an electric mixer, and I made him some crochet fingerless gloves which are on my blog. I also bought him a daddy-to-be book!
    <3 <3!

  4. what a feast! Happy birthday Dave. All the best to you. :)

  5. looks good, blast! ... now i'm hungry again. glad you had a good b-day!


  6. Wow! You've really done a fabulous job of the entire feast. Happy belated birthday and congrats on your recent wedding.


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