Making Xiaolongbao with my Favorite Chinese Auntie

For those of who I’ve talked to on the regular basis, you know that I frequent a breakfast spot right outside of my apartment complex. Although I don’t know the official name of the place, there is a man and a woman who own and run the restaurant. I call her ” Breakfast Lady”. She is really nice and she makes really good food, well it’s more like her husband makes the food and she sells it with a smile. Well, their restaurant serves some of the best baozi, mantou and, most importantly, xiaolongbao.

 

 

Xiaolongbao is a small steamed bun usually filled with seasoned pork. They are very delicious and it’s impossible to eat just one. “Breakfast Lady” makes some of the best xiaolongbao in town, and some of my friends who have visited have said that she makes the best xiaolongbao that they have had.

A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to make xiaolongbao with her. The process was kind of difficult. I guess it doesn’t help that I don’t speak Chinese very well and that was how she was telling me how to make them. Regardless, I was able to kind of understand how to make them.

 

 

This was my first attempt at making xiaolongbao. It didn’t turn out so well. Rolling them is a lot more difficult than it looks.

After three more tries, I finally made one that was almost similar to the ones that she makes.

I was so proud of my little xiaolongbao.

Have you ever made xiaolongbao?

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Instagram and Accountability

Last summer, I signed up for an Instagram account. I’m usually late regarding anything dealing with technology. I didn’t get a Facebook till I was sixteen, keep in mind I am twenty-three, and I still own a Nokia Lumia 920 phone. Need I say more. So, it was a really big deal for me to make an Instagram. When I first got on Instagram, I posted random photos of things I saw and barely used it. I really didn’t know what was the big deal about this app. My perspective changed when I created my blog and began to exercise more.

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When I began the Tone It Up Challenge, I challenged myself to post on Instagram almost everyday. I would post a “sweaty selfie”, the workout I did that day and how many calories I burned during the workout. This really kept me accountable for what I was doing outside of my posts. I wanted to eat healthy and workout more, even if I was feeling lazy.

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One of my friends and fellow fitness enthusiasts, Zoe, posts about her healthy lifestyle. She regularly uses Instagram and thinks that it keeps her accountable both on and off the app. She says “I know people are following me and watching my journey. When I don’t feel like working out, I can look up my favorite fitness people on Instagram and it helps me get moving.” This is something I can totally relate too.

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However, their are both positives a negatives to using this app for fitness and exercise. Zoe believes that Instagram can be discouraging if you aren’t losing weight as quickly as you’d like too, or if you hit a plateau. She says “You may start seeing transformations of people that lost a lot of weight really fast and you start thinking well am I doing something wrong.” I agree with her. It’s completely normal to hit a plateau when losing weight, but if you see someone on Instagram, you may ask yourself ” What am I doing wrong?”. However, it’s important to not be discouraged too much and remember how far you’ve come. Every step towards living a healthy life should not be taken lightly.

Follow Zoe on Instagram @zoeflynn93.

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