The Thom family is well-known for its Chinese dumplings. Of course, we’re Chinese, so we just call them dumplings. We’ve honed the process of mixing, wrapping and cooking these little treats into a well-oiled “Dumpling Machine.” And by well-oiled, I mean cooked in delicious peanut oil. I am The Fry Guy, an essential cog in The Machine, so I know of that which I speak.
About five years ago, we decided to bring the Dumpling Machine on the road, and took it to Pickering for an extended family gathering. There was no turning back. The Thoms are now expected to produce The Dumpling Machine at every family event. Family members line up at the frying pan to get their share of the pockets of goodness when they’re fresh and hot.
This Christmas was no different from any other. We loaded the Dumpling Machine into the car, and set it up in Pickering. I managed to catch a snapshots of The Dumpling Machine as it began operation, before my skills as Fry Guy were set in motion. Here, you can see my Dad and sister Jadine hard at work in the initial stages of dumpling production. Family members circle like vultures, waiting for the magic to unfold.
As a side note, The Dumpling Machine was almost smashed en route to Pickering. A large cargo van ran a red light and nearly mashed our car. We would have surely seen the deployment of side impact air bags and liability insurance policies had Dad not noticed in time that the van was not stopping for the light. It made me wonder if I would have noticed if I was driving. Tonight I caught myself automatically looking down every side street as I drove home, and both ways before I proceeded into any intersection. I guess it’s become such a habit that I don’t even know that I do it. I wonder what other things we do without realizing?
“I wonder what other things we do without realizing?”
In the mere 12 hours that I spent at your crib…….the list became overwhelmingly huge. Not even wikipedia could hold it.
Get wasteeeeeeeed without noticing :O
if it was in wikipedia it was probably falsified! 😛
I’m glad to hear, you, your dad and the dumpling machine are alright. I dont drive but Ive noticed its becoming like Mad Max The Road Warrior out there. Might want to add missles to the Dumpling Machine and strap it on the roof next year!!
Seems like the close calls in life make us think of the of the most important things … be them ever so simple. I know you look when you are driving, I watch and take notes 🙂 … cause I would never get in a vehicle someone else was driving if I didn’t trust them!
The dumplin’ making looks awesome, you know, doing it together and such. That’s part of the fun, and in a way makes them taste even better.
the dumpling machine rocks…egads!!! crazy drivers….attention all cooks…there are the “fry cook games”…ever watch spongebob? hehe the crusty crab is where it’s at 🙂