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"Ba-Wan" from the Spirited Away! (Taiwanese Snack)

Ba-Wan: Taiwanese dish made of sweet potato starch and rice flour. The fillings are usually pork (I use ground chicken for this recipe), mushrooms, and bamboo shoot. Ba-Wan is then served with yummy sauce, combination of many different flavours!


If you are a Ghibli fan, chances are you've been fascinated by the mysterious looking foods that Chihiro's father is seen eating in the film Spirited Away. Many fans (including me) has been dying to find out what that food was! According to the information that has been circulating online, that stretchy, jelly-like translucent dish is called "Ba-Wan"! However, one of the Ghibli animator has recently reveal the mystery food as the stomach of a coelacanth! Not Ba-Wan! ๐ŸŸ Coelacanth is a type of rare-fish that includes two extant species in the genus Latimeria. Coelacanths follow the oldest-known living lineage of Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish and tetrapods), which means they are more closely related to lungfish and tetrapods (which includes amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) than to ray-finned fish. They are found along the coastline of Indonesia and in the Indian Ocean. Coelacanth stomach has high amounts of oil, urea, wax esters, and scales that emit mucus and give the flesh a distinctly unpleasant flavor. Well, that doesn't sound appetizing at all. Let's just stick with Ba-Wan then HAHAHA.



FILLINGS INGREDIENTS:

  • 80g ground chicken

  • 30g bamboo shoot

  • 10g shitake mushroom

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • Half ginger (minced)

  • 1/2 TBS soy sauce

  • 1 TBS oyster sauce

  • 3 TSP sugar

  • 1 TBS sesame oil (for frying)


SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 TBS soy sauce

  • 3 TBS oyster sauce

  • 1 TBS sugar

  • 10g potato starch


DOUGH INGREDIENTS:

  • 100g potato starch

  • 100g rice flour

  • Boiling hot water (as needed)



INSTRUCTIONS:


1. First, the fillings. Heat up sesame oil on a skillet and add in minced garlic and ginger. Stir fry until aromatic. Then add in ground chicken. Stir fry for 5 minutes.

2. Next, add in mushroom and bamboo shoots. Continue to fry for another 3 - 5 minutes.

3. Pour in soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Fry under medium heat for 4 - 8 minutes.

4. The filling is done! Transfer to a bowl and set aside to be use later.

5. Next, the sauce. Mix soy sauce and oyster sauce in a bowl. Then in a small bowl, mix potato starch with some water until dilute. Then pour into the soy sauce and oyster sauce mixture. Stir until combined.

6. Pour the sauce mixture into a pan and let it cook under medium heat for 3 minutes. Done! Set aside.

7. Now, to prepare the dough. Very simple! Mix the potato starch and rice flour in a big bowl, then pour boiling water bit by bit.

8. Knead the dough using a spatula until it stick together. Let it cool down for 5 - 10 mintues.

9. Sprinkle some flour on a kneading board and knead the dough into a log shape.

10. Then, cut the dough into 5 - 6 pieces.

11. Take one portion of the dough. Flatten it and put in some of the filling in the middle.

12. Wrap it up by gently pinch the dough to let it stick to each other.

13. Steam the Ba-Wan for 10 - 15 minutes.

14. Place it on a plate and pour the sauce that we made earlier on top of it.


Sticky, yummy Ba-Wan is done! Enjoy your meal!



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