Dumpling Skins Through Thick and Thin

January 28, 2012

in brunch, restaurant

Lisa and I didn’t get together this morning to practice our pageant speeches…


…nor to attend an 80′s Flashdance Tribute…


…we were celebrating the 1-year Anniversary of our blog, Thick Dumpling Skin!!!


Every month, Foodbuzz features 24 blogger meals around the globe over 24 hours. When I found out I was chosen for January’s 24×24 I decided to throw a TDS birthday party at Bao Dim Sum House.


I consulted with Howard (the General Manager) all week for a dumpling feast…


…loved the variety on their menu – a true reflection of what TDS is about – our diversity and uniqueness!

We had Chicken Potstickers…


…Shrimp and Pork Shumai…


…Shrimp Har Gow…


…Pork Soup dumplings…


…Mixed Veggies…




…and Crispy Crab balls:


Those came with a sweet, sticky sauce – I used some, but mostly dipped my bites in a mustard/chili/soy/vinegar mixture


Aside from the various dumplings, we also ate our veggies – String Beans…


…Pea Shoots…


…Baby Bok Choy…


…and Chinese Broccoli


It was A LOT of food!


Here’s everything that I inhaled…

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…then I made a little speech before our “birthday cake.”

Milk Buns…


…and Egg Tarts


As we say on “Thick Dumpling Skin,” it’s what’s on the inside that counts – this creamy filling was phenomenal!


I enjoyed several bites of dessert:

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Stuffed as dumplings, we headed outside for pictures


(Got a little distracted by Lisa and her sister Angel’s shoes)



Also there – Phil Yu (a.k.a. Angry Asian Man) and his wife Joanna, TDS contributor Andrea Lwin, and my Saving Face/Nice Girls Crew co-star Michelle


Cheers, Thick Dumpling Skin! We hope you keep growing and growing.


1 Cindy January 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Awesome. Big congrats to you and Lisa!
I’m feeling pretty jealous of Lisa’s kick ass do…and that meal.

2 Jenn January 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Okay, I’ve got to admit that I’m so incredibly envious of your meal. I’ve been hunting for a great Dim Sum place in Montreal and have yet to find a winner. Sigh, dim sum is my happy food.

3 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

but you have montreal bagels!!! let’s trade for a weekend…

4 Melissa @TryingtoHeal January 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Yay for one year! i am so glad you ladies started this site! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings~

5 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm

thanks melissa – esp. for contributing to our first year too!

6 Ellen January 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Those veggies looked so delicious, I may have to check that restaurant out…

7 Gail January 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Congrats on your anniversary. Those dumplings are to die for.

8 chezjulie January 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

Congrats to you and Lisa (and her great updo!)

Those pictures make me want to hit my own fave dim sum place!

9 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

her hair is fierece, isn’t it???

10 Molly January 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

ahh i wish I had a cool restaurant like that close to me. I miss great Chinese food!

11 sophia January 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

OMG how awesome! I proposed something similar to Foodbuzz 24×24 but I didn’t get chosen. I’m glad you guys did…for all the work you’ve all contributed, the gang deserves a dim sum treat! :)

12 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Sophia! I had never been picked for 24×24 before so we were psyched.

Sent from my iPhone Acting: http://www.lynnchen.com Food: http://www.theactorsdiet.com Body image: http://www.thickdumplingskin.com

13 Laura Serico January 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Oh my. First, I need about 3456678 of those shumai and a not terrible dim sum place closer to my house. Second, thank you for Thick Dumpling Skin and the incredible work you and Lisa are doing. I do some volunteer work with NEDA and was so glad to have your voices in the mix at the conference both on the panel and at the teen summit. Cheers on your one year anniversary, here’s to many more!

14 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thanks so much Laura!

Sent from my iPhone Acting: http://www.lynnchen.com Food: http://www.theactorsdiet.com Body image: http://www.thickdumplingskin.com

15 Lisa Lee January 30, 2012 at 1:17 am

i swear to god your camera is magical (not that the food wasn’t). ;) wouldn’t have traded the day for the world!

16 Tsz January 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Congrats on 24×24! Those milk buns look out of control!

Ps. Random, but I almost worked with you last year as the caterer for Brainwave. Had to drop out because of a conflicting schedule though. Next time!

17 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

what a small world! yes hopefully next time – we still have another “surrogate valentine” movie to shoot!

18 confessionsofaculinarydiva February 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Congrats on your anniversary! The Dumplings look delicious!

19 Cucina49 February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary! Those dumplings look amazing.

20 Sues February 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

What an amazing meal!! Congrats on the anniversary :)

21 Rodzilla February 4, 2012 at 5:38 am

Sorry I’m late on this. I’ve always enjoyed your site, happy anniversary, I hope there are many more to come :D

22 Lynn at The Actors Diet February 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

thank you, rodzilla!!!

23 Heidi L October 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

What does the creamy insides of the milk buns taste like? They look delish and remind me of haupia malasadas…fried exterior replaced with baked(?) bun.

24 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet October 28, 2012 at 12:03 am

They taste…sweet and creamy?

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