Office Potluck — October 2009

At work we have a social committee which is pretty active. They organizes various events to build relationships at work. Some of the events that they organizes very well is the hockey pool and the office potluck.

We do this once every quarter and it is always a success no matter how many times we do it. This is one event that has the most participation of all events.

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The way we do it is to randomly split the office into two groups. Each of the two groups will be contributing to one potluck. So there are two potlucks held on different dates and everyone contributes on one of the potluck but gets to eat on both potlucks.

Everyone can contribute to the potluck by bringing a homemade dish. For anyone who doesn’t want to bring a homemade dish, they can buy them or pay $20 so that the committee can use the money to buy on their part.

At the end of the potluck, the Social Committee will put up an online poll to gather votes for the best of categories.

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My contribution this time is Baked Char Siu Bau. Actually, it was Suanne who made it. You guys know I don’t cook. Suanne makes really moist Char Siu Bau and am glad to say it was one of the favourites. This is not gonna win any prizes this time — that much I can tell you though.

If you want the recipe to this, you can find it here:

I used the dough recipe from here: http://chowtimes.com/2006/03/15/cinnamon-buns/
and the char siu filing from here: http://chowtimes.com/2006/03/28/char-siu-bao-part-1-of-2/
After the buns are made, let rest for 30 minutes and brush with beaten egg (egg wash).
Bake in a preheated 325F oven for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

After the buns are made, let rest for 30 minutes and brush with beaten egg (egg wash). Bake in a preheated 325F oven for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

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This dish above looks set to be the winner this time. This is called Russian Sushi!

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I don’t know if this is a made-up name or what. But it sure looked the prettiest.

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This is another pretty unique dish. I wanted so much to try it but when it got to my turn, they were all gone. This is … a Chinese dish and that’s all I know. Anyway can tell what this is?

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These red bean pastries looked very tempting too. They look like they are store bought ones, don’t they?

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Some of the colleagues went out to get sushis from along Kingsway. There are lots of good sushi restaurants within short walking distance from our office.

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The ones that the Social Committee ordered looked painfully pathetic in comparison. They did ordered delivery from some Chinese restaurant nearby. Needless to say, not many people touched them.

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  1. Hi Ben,

    The chinese dish you are wondering about is a Sichuan cold bean-jelly noodles (liang fen), but in your case the jelly is shaped in cubes instead. It relies heavily on the sauce. I really enjoy it, if it has extra garlic to it. Some restaurants make it with the Sichuan pepper which, I prefer they not because it makes the tongue paralyze.

    Hope this helps.

  2. I personally think Suanne’s Baked Char Siu Bau is the best of all 🙂

  3. you need to try this restaurant

    http://followmefoodie.com/2009/09/sushi-world.html

    sushi world it’s located in the Hons mall on no. 3 road. their salmon nigri is like 10 cm long and sits on top of the rice.

    they also have a lot of fusion crepe sushi

    1. woops

      sorry I was going to post this in the banzai sushi review which I have opened in another window. aorry about that.

      btw this restaurant is not a sit down and eat restaurant more of a take out and eat resaturant

  4. I want the recipe for Russian Sushi! Any chance you can acquire it and pass it along? Thanks!

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