Episode 15 :: 燒賣 (Shaomai)

Pork Shaomai

Chinese food – it’s the mother to all cuisines. And traditional Chinese food is so far beyond what we’ve grown accustomed to thinking Chinese food is. Today, we’re enjoying Shaomai – steamed pork dumplings. Very simple, easy to make, a delicious beer snack, and very Chinese. To go with that, some Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing in Marshall, Michigan – sent to us courtesy of Groucho at The Beer Report.

There’s a lot of audio clips to share on the show – more than usual. We hear from Tim Lang, a scientist who coined the phrase “food miles” in the early 90’s to describe the distance our groceries have to travel to reach us. There’s also a report from the congressional panel hearing over the biggest meat recall in US history. Steve Mendell, the president of the processing plant responsible recently went before a congressional panel and denied claims that the cows shown on the video were actually processed. So they showed him video of those cows being led into the processing house. As soon as they did that, he had to admit that he was lying – hilarious. Listen to him dance. Dance white boy, dance!

Andrew Zimmern (from Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods”) sure loves to eat male reproductive organs. You may have noticed I love to point it out every time he does it. Well this time he’s over-done it. He visits a restaurant in China that only serves penises. Listen as Andrew dies and goes to dick heaven.

Finally, Tony Bourdain is cornered backstage at a special dinner function by Adam Roberts of Food Network’s “FN Dish.” The kid actually has the balls to ask Tony his opinion of the Food Network. Well, Tony’s never short on opinions, and neither am I. With the exception of a few shows, Food Network sucks, and we need someone to develop the antidote. Where’s Pirate TV for foodies? More cursing, less bleeping, and show real chefs. FN has become designed for housewives and old women and it’s annoying. If you want to read the stuff that was bleeped out of the interview with Tony, check out Adam’s blog.

Download Episode 15 here.

Download the recipe for Pork Shaomai here.

Music from this episode: “Bahama Mama” by Yam Yam. Buy it in the iTunes Store.


  1. Bourdain doesn’t mince words does he? Did you read the things he actually said? Sandra Lee should be waterboarded. Harsh, but priceless. I wonder how long it will be before that Cooks Tour stint is over for good.

    Delicious looking food. I’ll try to make that soon. You made it sound easy. Something tells me it’s not.

    – Billy

  2. Just catching up with your show. Fun stuff. The pictures look amazing. Hard to believe about the beef recall, but it was bound to happen. Whistle blowers will take you down every damned time.

    When is Bizzarre Foods on? I never know. Maybe I should check the online guide more often. LOL

  3. Hey guys, thanks for checking out the show so quickly. Tony Bourdain is the MAN. He eloquently states the truth about what is right and what is wrong with food every time, and I hope I didn’t give the wrong impression about Food Network. There is still a lot on there that I do like, but I just can’t bring myself to watch it very often. Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, and those Feasting On Asphalt specials – damned good. And I’m still watching Cooks Tour re-runs.

    G – Bizarre Foods is on Tuesday nights (new episodes) but they replay his show all through the week. Check your guide, or if you have Tivo – get a season pass and check it out. It’s an interesting show and I do have a great respect for him, despite all the ball busting I do on his penis-eating antics.

  4. Yep, the penis eating actually caused me to gag. Ugh.

    The dumplings sound fantastic. I know I’m getting old because I’m repeating myself here, but I gotta find a good dimsum place. I haven’t had good dimsum in over 10 years.

    Loved all the audio clips. Keep ’em coming. Groucho has set the bar pretty high – one a day. 🙂 I’d love to see that.

  5. Wow and here I thought the dick jokes would never end with our Hard Cock Ale. Way to go Phil, giving new meaning to loving the cock.

    I have to thank you for first introducing me to Tony Bourdain and also opening my eyes to the horrible programming that is Food Network. Personally what did it for me was the Neely’s BBQ show. jesus christ that thing is awful.

    If you’re going to start a new foodie network I think we need some of us craft beer folk educating on it also.

  6. The only thing I can mince with you about your podcast is the length, I hate to say it is too short. (Hopefully the only time you have heard that;)

    How I pray that someday I can try an American IPA, f-ing rheinheitsgebot. (Almost a Haiku)

    Just when I thought it may have been safe, we hear serious tasting notes on penises. I bet my college girlfriend could have added to the discussion. Which reminds me, I have had dear penis once, I fell whilst hunting and… er… um nevermind.

    Again, great show, thanks for the mention, and thanks for bringing me and the other listeners down new avenues of depravity. Don’t change!


  7. Loved the show. The dumplings look delicious!

  8. OMG Anthony Bourdain is so funny, but the penis restaurant was a bit much. 😦

    Must try that recipe for the dumplings. I don’t have a bamboo steamer, nor have I ever seen one available. Is this something you can buy online? I guess I can always steam them another way.

    Great show!


  9. Ahh! You guys are too much. The show’s too short? Trust me, I can’t even stand to listen to myself talk for more than half an hour. I can’t tell you how comforting it is to know that there are people out there who wouldn’t mind me going on longer. 😀 Kirk, you’re in the land of beer – I wouldn’t sweat the American IPA. I’d give it all up to be surrounded by what you’re drinking.

    Rick and Michelle, I agree with the penis eating being a bit much, but I didn’t decide to hit that restaurant – he did. Don’t shoot the messenger. 🙂 I will admit, the man’s got my respect. He’ll eat whatever anyone’s serving. I’m not as brave.

    And Michelle, you can probably find bamboo steamers online, but I’d wait until you were in a situation where you found one. You can steam them on anything, really. Just make sure you’re using some cabbage or parchment paper to keep the dough from sticking to the surface and you’re good to go. And get creative with the stuffing – you can make them any way you like.

    Thanks again everyone!


  10. Classic Bourdain! I love that. On Next Food Network star: “it’s sort of like watching German anal porn, I can’t turn away… it’s horrifying, but I’m learning something about Germany while I’m watching it.”

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