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Michael Gebert
Adrienne in the basement making chiu chow
Michael Gebert
Rolling out the wrappers
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Forming the dumpling—this batch of wheat-starch dough was a little too wet, Adrienne said, and kept breaking from the hard-edged ingredients.
Michael Gebert
Xiao long bao, soup dumplings—making the folds is time-consuming, and these wound up not getting made in enough quantity for Saturday's trial.
Michael Gebert
Abraham forming the puff-pastry crusts for the Portuguese egg tarts
Michael Gebert
Steaming the dumplings
Michael Gebert
Abraham and sous chef Graham working on the lacassas and the congee
Michael Gebert
Starter tastes of sour chilli cabbage, Charlie's peanuts with burdock root, and jumpwater pickle with radish, carrot, kohlrabi, and aji.
Michael Gebert
Guava and cheese toast
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Steamed "ten karat" dumplings: curried shrimp, jicama, and tobiko in a carrot-dough wrapper
Michael Gebert
"Bacon cheeseburger" steamed shu mai: meatball with special sauce, cornichon pickle, and onion.
Michael Gebert
Vegetable and tofu puff lacassa with curry-coconut broth, okra, bok choy, tea egg, and rice noodles.
Michael Gebert
Shrimp and fishball lacassa with tamarind broth, okra, boky choy and rice noodles
Michael Gebert
Portuguese egg tarts, hot from the oven
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Adrienne shows how beautifully the puff pastry used for the egg tart cooks in layers.
Michael Gebert
Boiled pork dumpling with sichuan garlic oil and sweet soy sauce
Michael Gebert
Chiu chow: sweet potato, pea tendril, and hazelnut
Michael Gebert
Manila clam congee with creamy tomato broth, bacon, soft-boiled egg, and scallion
Michael Gebert
Pork chop sandwich: bone-in pork chop on house-baked papo seco bread with jumpwater pickles and crab chips
Michael Gebert
Macanese minchi: stir-fried minced pork, beef and lamb with fried egg, coconut rice, and potato crouton
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Bartender Jennifer adding drops to a drink
Michael Gebert
Breakfast of Champions: coffee, brandy, egg white, lemon, and chocolate bitters
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Fat rum punch (white rum, plum shrub, ginger, Thai basil syrup, and lime), and passion fruit spritz (passion fruit, cava, and Thai basil syrup)
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Chinese almond pudding: Asian pear, longan, fresh coconut and Thai basil
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Macau rice crisp: marshmallow, pork floss, and nori
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Michael Gebert
Adrienne in the basement making chiu chow