I enjoy cooking Asian food. I am a klutz. Sometimes this is not a great combination. Last night I had a desire to make some Dim Sum style creations. Much chopping is involved in this, and unfortunately, it was one of those times when I would have been better off substituting shopping for chopping.
It wasn't as bad as the incident a little more than three years ago that resulted in second degree burns on three of the fingertips on my left hand. In fact, no heat was involved, as technically this wasn't actually a wok-related injury. It was cleaver-related, but that wouldn't have been as good a title for a post.
Although it was cleaver-related, there were no echoes of Dan Ackroyd doing Julia Child. There was no blood spurting all over the kitchen. There was no blood at all, in fact. It wasn't the sharp end of the cleaver that got me. It was the heavy back of the blade, rubbing against that spot at the base of my middle finger where it crosses over and supports the blade while doing a rapid rocking motion to finally chop the ginger -- or was it the garlic? I don't remember, because one moment I was fine, and the next moment I raised a huge blister and then ripped it open. Oddly enough, it's the same place that I raised a nasty blister playing golf last year.
Oh well, the blister is nasty looking and raw, but it will heal quickly enough... and the fried dumplings and sticky rice balls were pretty good. Not as good as the fried fish in spicy black bean sauce that resulted in the burned fingertips, though :-)
1. Ken Yee10/11/2005 11:46:14 AM
I find it's generally not worth making your own dim sum. Take a drive down to Boston on Sunday morning instead and pig out. I'm sure we can get a few LBPs to hit China Pearl or Hei La Moon and we'll all be stuffed at $10/person
2. Richard Schwartz10/11/2005 11:56:57 AM
Actually, I tend to agree. It's a huge amount of work, and unless you approach it as an assembly line thing and do huge amounts it's really not worth the effort. But I do it maybe once a year, anyhow
3. Stan Rogers10/12/2005 07:01:45 AM
I don't know about you guys, but I can't order dim sum in a restaurant. The whole geeky, I-code-in-Basic, "incomplete statement" thing overwhelms my psyche, puts a ridiculous smirk on my phizzog, and starts an avalanche of "we can't take him anywhere" nonsense among my companions. It just ain't worth it -- better to blister. (BTW, a Band-Aid brand plastic sterile adhesive bandage applied before the chopping will prevent the blister.)
4. 10/12/2005 11:07:03 AM
Stan, you just have to go w/ a big enough bunch of people so you can do "I want one of everything on the cart" That's how we all end up getting stuffed when I go w/ a bunch of friends who like to try different stuff
5. Richard Schwartz10/13/2005 12:06:13 AM
@Stan: Thanks for the suggestion. A leather golf glove didn't prevent a blister in the same place a while back, so I'm not so sure a band-aid will help... but it's probably worth a try.
@Anonymous: the more the better! Definitely need to find someplace close to Nashua with Dim Sum. I miss going to Ming Garden on Sunday mornings.
6. Stan Rogers10/13/2005 11:19:49 AM
Trust me, Rich -- that tip comes from hours every day doing prep work during one of my, um, non-tech career phases. (My past titles have included, but are not restricted to, Refuse Relocation Technician, Comestible Flora Dimension Management Engineer, and Organic Refractive Coatings Application Specialist. At least that's what I tell people when they ask.)