Up to 46% off on selected beef treats

From February 24th through March 2nd, you can save up to 46% off on selected beef treats

**Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef Achilles Tendons (3-pack)

 Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Achilles Tendons (3-Pack) made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

**Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef Braided Taffy sticks 11″-12

Grass-fed Moo!Angus Beef Braided Taffy Sticks 11″-12″  made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Since gullet is great natural source of Glucosamine,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

Due to natural dog treats,thickness of each treats can vary.

** Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Taffy Bites 8 oz

Grass-fed Angus Beef Taffy Bites 8 oz made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Since gullet is great natural source of Glucosamine,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

This Taffy bites have various taffy treats in one package (taffy chips, sticks, bones, springs, bully rolls, taffy wrapped trachea, etc.) for your dog to enjoy variety of taffy treats in one bag. Numbers of treats in one package can vary.Weight of the each bag is 8 oz.

Each piece in the package is bite size pieces anywhere from 2″ to 5″ or 6″. They are great as small snack/chew for dogs.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.


** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** 5″- 6″ Everything bully stick Bag-Ships Free $12.68

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.45

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $39.45

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

** Starting from October 8th Saturday, we will no longer offer snack Saturday program.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shipping. Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Feb 24, 2017 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Japanese temple

Japan has many shrines and temples throughout the country. It is said that there are more than 80.000 shrines and temples in Japan.

For example, western part of main island called “Kyoto” prefecture alone got more than 2,000 shrines and temples.

If you are into history, especially Japanese history, kyoto is the very good place to visit.

Temples in Japan..

Temple houses Buddhist statues,which people pray to,especially during bon festival (mid August) or equinox week when people visit their ancestors’ graves.

People also visit temples on New Year’s Day to wish for happiness and health in the coming new year.

Temples have facilities for training the monks, as well as for housing and feeding them.

The Buddhism was introduced from China around 6th century and, Prince Shotoku Taishi has accepted it, and implemented it into his government systems.

According to Wikipedia website, “A legend claims that when Bodhidharma came to Japan, he met with Prince Shōtoku whilst under the guise of a starving beggar. The Prince asked the beggar to identify himself, but the man did not reply. Instead of going ahead, Shōtoku gave him food, drink, and covered him with his purple garment, telling him to “lie in peace”. The Prince then sang for the starving man.”

“The second day, the Prince sent a messenger to the starving man, but he was already dead. Hereupon, Shōtoku was greatly grieved and ordered his burial. Shōtoku later thought the man was no ordinary man for sure, and sending another messenger, discovered the earth had not been disturbed. On opening the tomb there was no body inside, and the Prince’s purple garment lay folded on the coffin. The Prince then sent another messenger to claim the garment, and he continued to wear it just as before. Struck by awe, the people praised the Prince “How true it is that a sage knoweth a sage.” This legend is linked with the temple of Daruma-dera in Ōji, Nara, where a stone stupa was found underground, which is exceedingly rare.”

Prince Shotoku Taishi is known as founder for 17 article constitution.

You can read the 17 article constitution in PDF file here.

Article 1 says “Harmony should be valued and quarrels should be avoided.When superiors are in harmony with each other and inferiors are friendly, then affairs are discussed quietly and the right view of matters prevails”

This article #1 especially is valued and being taught in Japan as common moral, and it is our trait.

Our culture value “wa;Harmony”, and it is coming from Prince Shotoku Taishi. Japanese laws, rules, customs and manners tend to go out of their way to avoid conflict.

Good example might be, Honne (True feeling) vs Tatemae (Public face feeling).

Japanese society expects people to hide their true feelings in many circumstances in order to be polite.

More on Honne vs Tatemae at Japan talk website here.

Also you can read more on it at ufl website here.

More on “Wa” at PBS website here.

Temple layout..

Buddhist temple complexes consist of a number of structures arranged according to certain concepts or guidelines.

When you visit temple, first, you go through chumon;the gate located in the center.

Normally, if you walk through the gate and go straight, the building all the way back is the building called “Kodo”,which is the place to study Buddhism.

This Kodo is connected to library called “Kyozo”.This library keeps sutras.

That Kodo and the gate, Chumon, is connected by corridor called “Kairo” and it extends to east and west and then turn to north to connects with Kodo.

Inside the temple land, you will find “shoro”;bell tower, in front of kodo building at one side corner.

Then you would see “Gojyu no tou”; Five storied tower.

The closets to the gate, you will find Kondo; building where budhhist statues are kept.

Many Buddha statues are inside the building but one in Kamakura is kept in an open field because of fire they have experienced long time ago.

The temple is called “kotokuin”.You can see the big buddha in the wide open field. Here is the official website in English for you to read more on the temple.It might be interesting place for you to visit.

Buddhist statues..

Besides nyorai and bosatsu, there are also the myoo/tembu style of Buddhist statues.

The statues are usually made from metal or from wood.

Nyorai depicts the Buddha after retiring into religion, so it is not adorned with personal ornaments.

The statue’s background material is called kohai (Halo), and the statue wear the robes called “Noe”.

Then, the statue is sitting on lotus petals called “Rengeza”.

Bosatsu depicts Buddha before retiring into religion so it is adorned with many personal ornaments.

Bosatsu statue would have water container called ” Suibyo”, and also wearing scarf called “Tenne”.

If you have a chance to visit Kyoto in Japan, Kiyomizu temple is the great place to visit.

Feb 22, 2017 | 0 | Japan

Up to 30 % off on Lamb treats

From February 17th through 23rd, you can save up to 30% off on lamb treats

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President’s day week 4 days only offer

Enter PD17 for 15% off your order during Friday February 17th through 20th Monday.

The code cannot be combined.

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** Puffed USA Lamb ear

Puffed USA Lamb ears made in USA.

This American Lamb ear is soft texture, and it has been one of our k9 executive chef “Palette’s favorite chew since when she was a puppy. She still get this old time favorite chew as jackpot treat sometimes.

puffed USA lamb ear

**Free-range American Lamb Trachea 5″- 10″

Free Range American Lamb Trachea made in USA.

Trachea provides natural Glucosamine and, it is especially great for Arthritis dogs. This treat is crunchy,and great snack for dogs.

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** 5″- 6″ Everything bully stick Bag-Ships Free $12.68

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.45

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $39.45

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

** Starting from October 8th Saturday, we will no longer offer snack Saturday program.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shipping. Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Feb 17, 2017 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Up to 30% off on selected beef treats

From February 10th through 16th, you can save up to 30% off on selected beef treats

**Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Twisted Taffy Sticks 11″-12″ (2-pk)

Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Twisted Taffy Sticks 11″-12″ (2 sticks-pack) made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Since gullet is great natural source of Glucosamine,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.
Moo Taffy Twists 11-12 inch

**Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef Taffy sticks 5″-6″ 8 oz

Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef Taffy sticks 5″-6″ 8 oz made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Since gullet is great natural source of Glucosamine,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

Due to natural dog treats,thickness of each treats can vary.

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free Bully Sticks “Monster” 5″-6″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully Sticks “Monster” 5″-6″  made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.


** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** 5″- 6″ Everything bully stick Bag-Ships Free $12.68

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.45

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $39.45

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

** Starting from October 8th Saturday, we will no longer offer snack Saturday program.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shipping. Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Feb 10, 2017 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s Note: Liam’s first year; Day 55 – Day 61

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Already 1 month plus have passed, almost 2 month since the day he got discharged from the hospital.

Day 55..

My personal choice of clothe was creeper style clothe then, but on the day 55,  I changed him into bodysuit with short sleeve.

I thought maybe he will be cold for the bottom a bit,and I let him wear the short pants. The pants looked a bit too long for him but it made him look cuter anyway so, I did not mind.

When he was hold in my husband’s arms, he made ultra man pause:-)

Liam 55 days old…

He says “I want to be looked cool like my daddy!”,lol.

On the day 53, Liam had surgery, and he had to stay at the hospital over night. During the stay, hospital provided diapers to us.

That hospital has provided Pumpers diaper. It was soft in texture and somewhat thinner than the Huggies diaper that we were familiar with but, it leaked and I did not care for them.

We use Huggies for tape style diaper because it is not as soft as Pumpers material but it holds urine/poo in place and looks like absorbing better and, rarely had leaking accident.

When it comes to pull up diaper which our son is now wearing, I prefer pumpers’ Easy Up.

Material is soft, and sides on the waist is not rough material and looks much more comfortable than Huggies Pull up diapers.

My sister got 4 kids and youngest one is on diaper.All of her kids grew up with Pumpers.

The pumpers brand is very respected brand in Japan, and many people like them there.

Day 59; Liam practice lifting his head up…

We out him on tummy now and then so he can practice lifting up his head.

When he lift his heads up, I found myself cheering up so much.

Liam 59 day old.. practicing lifting his head up…

He had many stuff on his plate for surgeries and stuff, but I trusted him;he can overcome all the difficulty that comes to him with his strong will.

His middle name “TSUBASA” means that if he set the goal,he will make an effort and achieve that goal.

Basically, wish he has strong will to overcome the all the hard stuff in his life.

The name also means that with that effort,he can achieve the bigger thing and success in his life.

As a side note,I heard it also got the meaning of being independent. Japanese middle name sure seems to have good effect on him.

Day 59; Skyping with my parents..

My parents always are looking forward to meeting Liam every week over the skype and enjoy how much he grows.They smile whole time we talk over the skype.

When I was talking on the day 59, and was showing Liam, he was doing his Monkey toe;curling up his toes just like I do.

Looking how he was doing with his toe, mom said “Just like you and your father:-)”

I kind of inherited that thing from my father and I think it was passed to Liam:-) It is funny to see that something you do is what your son/daughter does.

When my grandmother is on skype, she always asks when we will be visiting them with him. She always claps her hands saying “cute,cute” looking at Liam but then a bit later, she starts crying because she misses me a lot.

With her, talking is a bit emotional, but I would like to go see my family back home with Liam in the near future again.

WE visited them last October and my grandmother was so happy. Time passed so fast and,I felt it was a short trip to Japan.

At day 59-60, personally, I did not plan to travel anywhere at least for a year,that include visiting my family in Japan or visiting my mother in law (12 hrs drive away/1.5 hrs fight away) considering Liam being premature baby, and I wanted to be extra cautious as to where we take him to,when to take him to.

He would have been easy to catch something and I thought it would be better away from the general public a while.

Even at the hospital, at ER we went the other day, Liam was lead to the area where no other person was waiting because nurse thought it will be better for him to be away from the general public.

Also,when Liam was at NICU, every time we talk to NICU staff or nurse at hospital they reminded us to wash hands thoroughly before touching Liam because premature baby’s immune system is lower and that, if you were sick,then, it is better off not being around him. They seemed to be extra careful with him because of he being born early.

Looking back at his old pictures and videos, I feel Liam has grown up so much. He overcame a lot of things.

Time really seems to pass so fast with baby..

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

Feb 08, 2017 | 0 | parenting

Up to 15% off on selected buffalo treats

From February 3rd through 9th, you can save up to 15% on selected Buffalo treats

** Buffalo liver Baguette biscuits;Grass-fed Buffalo liver biscuits<4 oz>

baguette biscuits
This is our buffalo liver biscuits with a little exotic twist using fully grass-fed buffalo liver.

Biscuits will be made to order,freshly baked before shipping time. All will be vacuum-packed to seal-in the freshness.

Let’s watch our K9 executive chef “Palette” in action with taste testing Baguette biscuits.

If you are a blog subscriber, please click here to watch the video.

Palette and Baguette biscuits..

You can read/watch more on Baguette biscuits in the entry titled “Palette’s note: Baguette biscuits”. Please click here to read the entry.

**Surf Turf Jerky 1 oz

Surf Turf Jerky is made with American fully grass-fed buffalo meat with wild-caught salmon with skin on. We do not use the grass-fed buffalo meat with grain finished.

th_Surf turf jerky

You can read more on Surf Turf Jerky in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note:Surf Turf Jerky”. Please click here to read the entry.

Surf Turf Jerky will be made to order approx. 16 hrs before shipping time,and we offer freshest Jerky on the market.

Please store this Jerky in freezer for longer shelf life in your air-tight zip bag after receiving your order.

Surf Turf Jerky is lab tested,and registered with department of agriculture.

** Buffalo liver Cake Biscotti 6 oz

Inspired by our dog Palette’s love of yogurt,we came up with this very first original crunchy yogurt liver cake that are baked crunchy to pawfection.

We use fully grass-fed American Buffalo liver.We do not use the grass-fed buffalo liver with grain finished.

Liver in general is very nutritious for dogs;high in Vitamin A,good source of vitamin B, Iron, zinc, manganese, copper, selenium.Grass-fed meat has higher amount of omega3(good for skin and coat),high in protein and low in fat compare to commercial meat.

Please store this Biscotti in freezer for longer shelf life in your air-tight zip bag after receiving your order.

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Here are some example menu.

** 5″- 6″ Everything bully stick Bag-Ships Free $12.68

** Natural Deer Antler M size 5 count $48.97

** Grass-fed Moo!Junior Bully Skin Twists 6″ (1 oz),7 packages- Free shipping $22.64

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.45

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $39.45

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

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Feb 03, 2017 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Up to 40% off on selected beef treats

From January 27th through February 2nd, you can save up to 40%  off on selected beef treats

**Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Taffy Spring 7″- 8″

Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Taffy Springs 7″-8″, made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural dog treats,thickness of each treats can vary.

**Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully Sticks 11″-12″ standard 6 oz

Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks 11″-12″ Standard 6 oz, made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural dog treats,thickness of each treats can vary.

**Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Taffy 10″-12″

Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Taffy 1-“-12”, made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural dog treats,thickness of each treats can vary.

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.45

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $39.45

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

** Starting from October 8th Saturday, we will no longer offer snack Saturday program.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shippingItems will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

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Jan 27, 2017 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

How dog learns the words

Have you ever wondered how dog learns the words?

We talk to them every day as if we are talking to the same spices and, we subconsciously expect them to understand us.

Dog listen to you and understands us and follow the command or get whatever you asked for if the dog knows the word, but how do they do that?

How do they learn the words?

Our son is 2.5 years old now and learning words a little by little and it made me wonder how it works for dog.

Let me introduce you to the two Border Collie known for their words learning skill.

Meet the Britain’s smartest dog “Gable”; the border collie..

There is one smart Border Collie in Britain and his name is Gable.

His IQ score is 142 and knows more than 150 words. You ask him to go get specific item out of bunch of items and he can go get it for you as long as he knows the word.

It is impressive, isn’t it?

How dog distinguish one item from another..

According to the article written by Jasmine for k9 magazine, young children generalise names to new objects on the basis of shape, and continue to do so as adults – a tendency known as ‘shape bias’.

This is crucial to language development because it enables children to assign new objects to pre-established classes – for example, to recognize that a tennis ball and a football both belong to the category ‘ball’.

The Lincoln researchers found that when dogs are introduced to new words to refer to new objects, they first generalize based on object size, then on object texture. Unlike humans, they do not appear to naturally be shape bias.
 
The researchers devised four different challenges for Gable, the border collie to determine the extent and nature of his word comprehension.
 
On a number of occasions a selection of ten different objects known to Gable were placed in an enclosure out of sight of Gable and the researchers, and he was then given a verbal instruction to fetch a particular object from the ten.
 
Initial tests confirmed that Gable could easily distinguish between toys he knew well.
 
It was when the researchers introduced new words and novel objects of varying shape, size and texture that Gable began to reveal the absence of shape bias in his choices.
 
He appeared to make distinctions based first on object size, then, when he had longer to become familiar with the new objects, on the basis of texture. Object shape appeared to have no influence.
 
The researchers concluded that the mental lexicon – the long-term mental store containing sound-to-meaning mappings – appears to be fundamentally different in dogs and humans, both in terms of how it is built (word knowledge development) and in how it operates (word reference quality).
 
The researcher stated: “This would suggest that an important factor in the natural structuring of the mental lexicon may be the way in which sensory information is organized in a particular species.”
 
The researchers think Gabe’s visual system and sensory cues linked to his mouth region are focused not on shape, but on size and texture.
This was more supported idea after they have performed the DAX experiment on him.

According to Scientificamerican website article,written by Jason Goldman, the researchers set about replicating the original DAX experiment, with a few modifications. The DAX that they used was bigger than the original 1988 version, so that it wouldn’t provide a choking hazard. Also, rather than using sponge as one of the alternative textures, as this too would have been a choking hazard, they used a variety of cloth textures.

They used; (1) The original DAX. (2) and (3) are size changes. (4) and (5) are texture changes. (6) and (7) are shape changes.

After being taught the relationship between the word “dax” and the object DAX, Gable was familiarized with each of the six alternative objects.

He was presented with ten pairs from within the set of seven objects, and simply asked to retrieve the “dax.”

Unlike the human children and adults, who generalized “dax” to objects of similar shape as the original DAX, Gable generalized “dax” to objects of similar size in each of the ten trials he was given.

That is, he ignored shape and texture, relying instead on size to determine which objects could be considered DAXes. Rather than displaying a shape bias, Gable displayed a “size bias”.

 To read the full article at k9 magazine website,please click here.
Now we know how Gabe learned the word one by one. Clearly, the dog’s word learning works very differently than it does in humans.
To read the full article at scientificamerica website written by Jason Goldman, please click here.
To read the article at university of Lincoln website written by Ian Richards, please click here.
 
How Gable’s mom noticed his uniqueness?
 

According to Daily mail website article written by Natalie Corner, Gabe’s mom Sally Smith realized her border collie was unique when, after telling him to go and retrieve a specific toy, he came back within mere seconds with the correct one.

 ‘I’d asked him to go get “chicken” a toy that was at the top of the stairs, I thought he would be gone for some time…I’d never actually told him the name of his toy. He applied that learning himself without being taught by me,’ Sally explains of her dog’s memory skills.

Veterinary behaviorist “Dr Helen Zulch” says “Gable’s knowledge of words means he knows the same amount as language as a three-year-old child. “

A psychology professor at the University of Southampton adds “Gable has actually learned 300 different pieces of information, he’s learned that word and to discriminate that object.’

To read the full article at daily mail website, please click here.
Meet the Chaser, the Border collie..
 
Another dog named “Chaser”, the border collie knows more than 1,000 words and she is the smartest dog in the world.
 
Here is the smartest dog “Chaser” segment from 60 minutes.

Isn’t it amazing? She could categorize objects into higher-order categories, such as “toys.”

How many words does your dog know?

For fun game, you could start teaching your dog words for many things.They may surprise you:-)

 

 

Jan 25, 2017 | 0 | Miscellaneous (dogs)

All natural dog treats and chews: Free shipping with order over $50*

From January 20th through 26th, you can get free shipping with order over $50*..

Deal; free shipping with order over $50   (Merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $50.Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.No code needed.).

****************************************************************

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** 5″- 6″ Everything bully stick Bag-Ships Free $12.68

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.45

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $39.45

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

** Starting from October 8th Saturday, we will no longer offer snack Saturday program.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shippingItems will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Jan 20, 2017 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Japanese/Chinese cooking: Ebi Buta man (Steamed shrimp pork bun)

Now and then, I crave for steamed buns. You can buy those at Asian store, but Asian store we go to is 2 hours drive away. So, I tend to make from scratch and have fun with it.

 I have introduced Buta man (Steamed pork bun) before here, and this entry’s recipe will be with mixture of shrimp and pork.

I like both.

As you might have noticed by looking through Japanese cuisine recipes on our blog,  some of the dishes in Japan has Chinese food influences, but it is adapted to Japanese culture and made with a little different ingredients or called different. Just like “Sushi” is adapted to American culture and you find sushi made with something more appealing to people here in the states.

 In Japan, you would find “karee man” (steamed bun filled with curry flavored meat with vegetable,dough is yellow color), “Niku man ” (steamed bun filled with meat usually ground pork filling), “An man” (steamed bun filled with sweet Azuki beans paste). You can usually find them being sold hot at convenience stores after September through winter in Japan.

When we went back to Japan last October, my father had Kalbi steamed bun from convenience store once and he said it was good.

Other seasons, you can buy those at frozen section and all you need to do is to steam them for about 15 minutes or so on stove top.

In our local area’s Asian restaurant who serves Chinese, Japanese, and Thai food, they had steamed pork bun as special menu for one month. It was good but it was so expensive! One bun cost us $6…

It was okay bun, and over priced bun.

 If you have about 3 hours to spare, you can make your own from scratch.

Most of the time out of the 3 hours is down time; waiting for dough to proof so, not much cooking involved.

If you have kids, they can participate the bun making and have fun with it. You can be creative for the fillings. I am sure that kids will be experts on this creative department.

 

Steamed Pork and shrimp bun…

When you cut into half…..

This is what you see.

Ebi Buta man (steamed buns with pork and shrimp meat fillings)

Ingredients for Steamed bun dough:

1.5 tsp of dry yeast

2 tbs of table white sugar

3/4 C milk

84 grams (1/2 C) unbleached bread flour

260 grams (2 C) unbleached all purpose flour

1/8 tsp table salt

1 tbs baking powder

2 tbs vegetable oil

Ingredients for filling:

1 stalk green onion chopped

1/4 sweet onion chopped

1/4C bamboo shoot chopped

 3 dehydrated shiitake mushroom hydrated and chopped

0.4 oz cellophane noodle dry, hydrated, chopped

thumb nail size ginger grated

4 oz shrimp peeled divined

 10 oz ground pork

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp table sugar

2 tsp oyster sauce

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tbs soy sauce

2 tsp sake

1.5 tsp corn starch

<Steamed bun dough;8 buns>

1. Preheat the oven at 200F

2. To 3/4C of warm milk 110F temperature, add 1.5 tsp of dry yeast and 2 tbs of table white sugar and stir and wait til you see some bubbles coming up on top (let it stand about 5 minutes to 10 minutes)

** Take the water temperature to make sure the water is not too hot or too cold for yeast to be activated. Too hot temperature would kill the yeast and it would not proof as much as you wish it would be.

3. To other bowl, add 1/2C of unbleached bread flour, 2 C of unbleached all purpose flour, 1/8 tsp of table salt, 1 tbs baking powder, 1 tbs water and mix well.

4. When you see the bubbles on yeast-water-milk-sugar mixture after about letting it stand about 5-10 minutes, pour the mixture into flour mixture and add 2 tbs of vegetable oil and knead till surface becomes smooth (about 8-10 minutes kneading)

5. When the dough surface becomes smooth and elastic, roll the dough to ball and drizzle extra virgin olive oil in the bowl grease the inner side of the bowl and coat the rolled dough with extra virgin olive oil lightly and put the rolled dough back into the bowl and seal it with saran

6. Turn off the oven and place the sealed bowl with rolled ball of dough  in the oven and set the kitchen timer 80 minutes

7. While you are waiting on the dough to proof.. move onto filling making.

<Pork and shrimp meat filling>

8. Chop 1 stalk of green onion, 1/4C bamboo shoot  3 dehydrated shiitake mushroom hydrate them in water and set it aside

9. Chop 1/4 sweet onion and cooked to translucent in sesame oil let it cool

10. To 10 grams cellophane noodle, add boiling water enough to cover and let it soak for 15 minutes and drain the noodle and chop

11.  Put 3 oz shrimp peeled divined into food processor and make paste, and another 1 oz shrimp peeled devined for rough chopped to about 1/4″ size

12. To one bowl, add 10 oz ground pork, 4 oz shrimp (some that were made into paste and some were chopped), 1/4 C bamboo shoot, 1 stalk green onion chopped, 1/4 sweet onion chopped, 3 shiitake mushroom hydrated and chopped, hydrated and chopped cellophane noodle, thumb nail size ginger grated, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp white table sugar, 2 tsp oyster sauce, 2 tsp sesame oil, 2 tbs soy sauce, 2 tsp sake, and mix till it gets sticky and then add 1.5 tsp corn starch and mix well

13. Cover the filling bowl with saran, keep in the fridge till the time you need to use

14. After 80 minutes, the dough in the oven should be proofed. Divide the dough to 8 portion and roll to balls and place onto non stick foil sprinkle with all purpose flour in the cooking sheet.Then cover with saran and put it back to oven to proof again. Set the kitchen timer 15 minutes.

15. While waiting on the second proof, take out the parchment paper and cut to 3″x3″ square. You need 8 of them.

16. When you hear the beeping of kitchen timer on 15 minutes proofing, now you will fill the dough with filling. Take the filling out from fridge.

17. Take one ball out and roll out to about 4″-4.5″ diameter circle and press the 1/2″ inner side all around

** Make sure not to roll out too thin because if the dough was too thin, dough can break during the steaming process

18.  Divide filling to 8 portion and roll one portion and press some and make like mini burger pattie

19. Place the mini pattie onto the rolled circle dough, and pinch the dough together.

** To pinch the dough, take far side edge dough and nearest edge of dough, and press. Then take both (left and right) side of edge of dough and press to seal. Then, twist on top. It is helpful if you had small bowl of water to dip your finger in and help the dough to seal well.

** Make sure the twisted top is sealed well. Otherwise, during the steaming process, twisted top can open and meat juice would come out.

20. After filling the dough, place the filled dough onto cut-out parchment paper you have prepared. and put the bun with parchment paper on cookie sheet and cover it with saran again and put it back to oven and set the kitchen timer for 10 minutes to proof again

21. While you are waiting on the filled dough to proof.. set the steamer to steam the buns, and let it come to boil, and once boiled, turn down the heat to medium and set the steamer and steam for 15-20 minutes.

** One way you can steam stuff without bamboo steamer using wok, but you can steam stuff other way

 The way my mother and I steam stuff is to use big wide mouth deep pan. We out bit of water enough to touch the steamer when you place the steamer in it and then, set the vegetable steamer and put proofed bun on the steamer with parchment paper still on the bottom,and place the kitchen towel on top of pan mouth and put the lid on and fold the edge of the towel up so it won’t touch the fire (if your stove is gas) Then steam  for 15-20 minutes on medium heat.

** Kitchen towel helps suck up the steam and it prevents steam going back down to the buns. If there were no towels used, steam drops to buns and you will get soggy buns.

** With bamboo steamer, you do not need towel to prevent steam dropping to the buns because bamboo suck the steam

22.After 15 minutes of steaming, voila! you get steamed buns!

Enjoy!

Jan 17, 2017 | 0 | Asian cooking 911