Lamb Dumplings 

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2016 by lelandwong

I wanted to try making dumplings using lamb meat for a long time.  I had it before last year in flushing New York in the golden arcade.  It was made with cumin and it was good!I got a five pound boneless leg of lamb at Costco.


Chopped up the lamb.


Added 

1-1/2 tablespoon of salt

2 teaspoons of white pepper

1-1/2 tablespoons of granulated garlic, 

1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil

2 tablespoons of corn starch

4 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine

2 tablespoon of soy sauce

2 tablespoons of cumin 

1 tablespoon of minced ginger

2 teaspoons black pepper 

1 teaspoon sugar

2 cups chopped cilantro 

4 cups napa cabbage (water squeezed out with salt)

4 cups chopped celery 


Wrapped dumplings using Kim Hoang skins.  (I prefer making my own skins)

Fried and steamed dumplings in pan.


Nice and crispy!


Mmm-mmm… not bad for first try.  Maybe use more black pepper.

Dipping sauce made with black vinegar, soy sauce, sesame seed oil and chili paste.

My Angel Island Poster Print

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 5, 2016 by lelandwong

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My print at the Chinese Historical Society of America’s exhibit, Exclusion/Inclusion.  Sheeit….

Photo by Amy Chin

A Ride to Locke, CA

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2016 by lelandwong

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Had a great ride going up to Locke with the RUG riders.

RUG is like a loose group of three groups.  The ROMEO’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out), Usual Suspects (a group of Ping Yuen boys) and Gorillas (just a group which TL named when he called us a bunch of gorillas).  What holds us together is that we’re mostly Chinese Americans and grew up in SF Chinatown.  Mostly about my age…in our fifties, sixties and even seventies.

They have been riding a lot together.  But I have not been riding with them.  Mainly because I did not have much confidence in going on the freeway and going at high speeds of 65 mph.

I’ve been riding my hog for about three years now and finally begin to have more confidence in going on the freeway.

The ride to Locke took about one and a half hours.  It was pretty smooth sailing.  Locke is a small little town, about two blocks long found by Chinese in the late 1800’s.  The last time I was in Locke was over thirty five years ago.  Apparently RUG ride up there two times a year.  It was the semi annual Rat Run, in honor of Rat.  I am not sure if I ever met Rat but it’s a memorial ride for him.  There’s a memorial wall in Locke where there’s a tile for Rat and Harding.

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After offering some incense, it was time for lunch.  Over half the group wound up at Wimpy’s, five miles away.   Because I was taking my time checking out the town, I wound up staying in Locke and had lunch at Al The Wop…doesn’t seem to be much Chinese left in Locke anymore

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The ride coming back was good till we hit heavy traffic.  I think there were only six of us in our little grouping.  It was very tiring in that stop and go traffic.  We eventually lost each other when I got to the San Mateo Bridge.  Marv and I rode back together up to SFO.

My shoulders were sore.  My hands were tired.  I should have taken a break before the San Mateo bridge.  My legs and stomach muscles were cramping up by the time I got into the city.

A Photo of Chinatown by Fred Lyon

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2016 by lelandwong

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I was guessing where was this photo was shot at.  It looks like the late 1940’s.  My guess was either Powell by Broadway or Jackson by Powell Street.  So I thought I took a walk late at night and find this location.

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And there it was.  928 Jackson Street.  The pillars have been removed.  Next door looks exactly the same.  The iron bars on the window are the same.

Here’s the Google coordinates:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/932+Jackson+St,+San+Francisco,+CA+94133/@37.795553,-122.4105115,3a,75y,344h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1saPoo9LVTatwtUh6BqYYK9g!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DaPoo9LVTatwtUh6BqYYK9g%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D86%26h%3D86%26yaw%3D344.44629%26pitch%3D0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x808580f2fab156ff:0xf3ebaa95fb172ade!8m2!3d37.795688!4d-122.410559!6m1!1e1?hl=en

Grant Avenue circa 1915

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 11, 2016 by lelandwong

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A picture of Grant Avenue probably around 1915.

This was after the earthquake of 1906.  Cars for consumers were probably not introduced till the 1920’s and it probably took till the 1930’s that they replaced the horse and buggy.

The photographer of this photo was standing at the intersection of Commercial Place and Grant Avenue which is the 700th block of Grant Avenue.  This is looking south toward the 600th block of Grant Avenue where I was born and raised till I was eighteen years old.  Our store, Fueng Wah Company was located at 625 Grant Avenue.  That would be about between the first and second telephone poles further up the block.  In the foreground on the right where the Chop Suey sign is at is probably the Hang Far Low restaurant which later became the Four Seas Restaurant and most recently Mister Jiu’s restaurant.

My father did not have the store till sometimes in the 1940’s.  In 1915 he was still in China.  He didn’t come to the mountain of gold till 1916 at the age of twelve.

 

Two Vincent Chin’s?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2016 by lelandwong

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Vincent_Chin

I always wonder about these two images of Vincent Chin.  The left picture is a nerdy looking Vincent.  The right picture is a cool Vincent.  My guess is the picture on the left is his high school graduation portrait.  The right picture is a snapshot before his engagement.  But he seems younger in that image…

It has been thirty four years since Vincent Chin was brutally murdered in the streets of Detroit.

The reason for his death was because he was blamed for taking jobs away from white Americans in the auto industry.

In the late 1800’s the Chinese were used as the scapegoat for taking away jobs from white people in America.  The hysteria was whipped up by politicians, newspapers, labor unions, etc.  The results were anti-Chinese riots.  Many Chinese were murdered.  Chinese homes and businesses were destroyed and burned.  Chinese were rounded up and dispelled from towns and cities.  Law were passed specifically for the Chinese.  Ultimately leading up to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Fast forward…the US auto industry failed to stay competitive against the Japanese auto makers. Many Americans lose their jobs amidst US auto plant closures.  Instead of finding ways to stay competitive, they whipped up hatred.  To them all Asians look alike.  Thus you have the murder of Vincent Chin.

With China’s rise as a strong economy, there is much anxiety in the US.  There’s a lot of blame on China for the problems of the US.  Chinese Americans can be once again targeted.  

There is much talk of war with China.  Many provocative moves by the US to start a war. When war does break out….

Chinese Guano Miners

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 23, 2016 by lelandwong

Chinese labor was imported to South America to mine the guano (dried bird shit) as fertilizer.  The guano islands where birds left deep layers of guano were extracted by indentured Chinese laborers whom were treated like slaves.  There was no escaping the guano islands since they were surrounded by water and the  only way was by ship.  The mining kicked up a toxic dust which killed many Chinese laborers.  They ate and slept on the guano.  Few survived the ordeal.  What a shitty job.

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