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Fried Shrimp Bao Recipe with a secret ingredient

This post is sponsored by FAGE, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fluffy little baos filled with air fried shrimp. A little crunch and sweetness, topped with a luscious garlic cilantro sauce. So many fun textures for a fun flavor party. 

My new favorite Secret Ingredient is FAGE Sour Cream 🙂 the texture is a great binder for the shrimp, helps with maximum paprika garlic dry batter coating. The FAGE Sour Cream also adds creaminess to the bright tangy sauce. Lots of cilantro, garlic and a splash of lime.

With fresh toppings, you get something different in each bite 

I hope you’ll make these and love them as much as my fam does. If you can’t find these baos at your local Chinese supermarket, you can make a great shrimp taco as well. Without an air fryer, you can just deep fry them.


Coat shrimp:
• 1 lb shrimp 
• 1 tbsp of FAGE Sour Cream
• Dash of salt and pepper 

• 1 cup flour 
• 1 tsp baking powder 
• 1 tbsp paprika 
• 1 tbsp garlic powder 
• Dash of salt and pepper 

Garlic Cilantro Sauce:
• 1/2 cup FAGE Sour Cream 
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 2 tbsp water 
• 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 lime juice 
Blend until smooth. 

• Mix shrimp, FAGE Sour Cream, salt and pepper evenly. Then coat with batter mixture. And dust off excess. 
• Spray air fryer tray and shrimp with olive oil.
• Air fry 375 degrees for 12 minutes.
• Steam baos according to packaging (warm tortillas if you can’t find baos)
• Serve crispy shrimp and soft fluffy baos immediately.
• Drizzle with creamy FAGE Sour Cream based garlic cilantro sauce. And enjoy!

Find FAGE near you and make it your secret ingredient as well.

“Hoppy” Hour

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Dear Food Diary
Last week I was invited to celebrate spring with Hoppy at Wasan. Hoppy Beer is a Japanese low alcohol content beverage that tastes like beer. It’s usually served mixed with some sort of spirit. Ours was poured with Japanese shochu (think sake bomb) and paired with some great fried treats throughout the night.

My Snowman 3D Latte Art (attempts)

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Dear Food Diary:
It’s been a crazy winter this year. With blizzard after blizzard, I’ve been hiding indoors (thank goodness).

My itch to build a snowman turned into my new fun obsession – 3D latte art.

Dominique Ansel: Chocolate Love Letters for Valentine’s Day

(Photo from Dominique Ansel website)

Dear Food Diary:
I wasn’t going to post about Valentine’s Day but these Chocolate Praline Love Letters from Dominique Ansel are just too adorable. I’m in love with the packaging and their description:

Soy Hound: artisanal fresh pressed soymilk

soy hound - fresh pressed soymilk

Dear Food Diary:
I was delighted when the founders of Soy Hound sent over some of their artisanal fresh pressed soymilk for us to sample. Using traditional methods, they turn organic soybeans into drops of nostalgic childhood memories for me. Waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh soymilk is one of the few things I can still recall as a ChubbyToddler living in Shanghai.

And even though they’ve added some modern “flavored” versions, the creativity doesn’t take away from the pure flavors of good old fashion soymilk.