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Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked!

Dumplings fit into the category of dim sum, which is a type of Chinese cuisine that is prepared as bite-sized portions cooked in a steamer and served onto small plates.

My sister and I saw the bamboo steam at the Asian market and both said “Overcooked!” so we each bought one to try it out just like the game.

Up to this point in my life, now an adult gamer, inspired by recipes from video games, I had no idea how fun and easy it was to use a bamboo steamer much less make dumplings or even pot stickers, fish, or steamed vegetables for that matter!

So here is another video game inspired recipe, I hope you enjoy!

Overcooked! Video Game

Overcooked!

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 1-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Dumplings are so easy to make!

So much easier than I ever thought to make!


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Ingredients

    NINTENDO GAME INSPIRATION: DUMPLINGS FROM OVERCOOKED!:
  • A plate
  • 1-2 lbs meat or vegetables of choice such as beef, shrimp, pork, fish, or shiitake mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, chopped (I used cooked pork belly)
  • 1-2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-4 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1-2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dumpling wrappers (I made homemade ones using this recipe for Dumpling Wrappers)

Directions

    NINTENDO GAME INSPIRATION: DUMPLINGS FROM OVERCOOKED!:
  1. Soak your steamer a few hours or overnight.
  2. Mix meat and vegetables of choice, coat them with the flour (mixer!).
  3. Add scallions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, pepper.
  4. Add a dollop of filling onto dough wraps and shape.
  5. Place parchment/lettuce/bok choy/cabbage lined bamboo steamer in shallow skillet filled with water to about 1-2″ high (don’t allow water to touch food).
  6. Place dumplings onto lined steamer, cover, and bring to a boil.
  7. Cook by steaming about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Plate the dumplings.
  9. Take the plate to the service delivery window on time, you want a good tip from your customers!

Let me know if you have ever tried making these! You can also make pot stickers and steam any fish or plain vegetables in much the same way. These were tasty, next time I’ll make my dumpling dough much much thinner though!

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Here is a how to basic video about using a bamboo steamer.

And here are 10 Ways to Fold Dumplings.

I also didn’t realize that Simply Ming from back in the 90s Food Network era has a YouTube channel as well, so here is his recipe for pot stickers.

We were reminded of the days of Yan Can Cook and his motto “If Yan can cook, so can you!” Here is his video, so much joy in cooking!

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

 

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Nintendo Game Inspiration: A Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Cake

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Inspired Cake | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Nintendo inspiration, and it's the most moist and fluffy cake I have ever made in a high humidity, low elevation environment.

I loved playing video games growing up and still love them as an adult. My family and I recently played some old NES games and it brought back so much childhood nostalgia for me.

So here is a cake inspired by the Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Nintendo game. This game was originally introduced by Konami, in Japan, in 1988.

Upa, the baby, is the prince of a magical kingdom and in the line of brave fighters. One day, though, he broke an urn containing the spirit of Zai, an incredibly evil goatish demon who takes the life force of the kingdom’s adults and kidnaps all the babies – except for Upa, who is given a magical rattle by a fairy who was trapped in the urn along with Zai. In order to save his kingdom, Upa crawls into action…


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Ingredients

    BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA INSPIRED CAKE:
  • 2 sticks (113 grams/4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • No-taste red and lemon yellow food coloring gel (without color it will remain a yellow cake)
  • STRAWBERRY GLACÉ:

  • 1/2 pound strawberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar or granulated sugar with a teaspoon of cornstarch
  • HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM:

  • 16 oz (1 pt/473 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 3-6 tablespoon granulated sugar (to taste)
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • WHIPPED CREAM LAYER AND TOP GARNISH:

  • 1/2 pound strawberries, a couple cut into flat chunks to help support the whipped cream layer and remaining sliced thin to garnish outside of whipped cream layer and top of cake
  • 1 19.5 oz (552 grams) jar mandarin oranges (reserve and reduce the juice as an optional simple syrup for added orange flavor)
  • BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA CAKE SUGAR BORDER:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • Leaf green food coloring gel
  • 2-4 teaspoons milk

Directions

    BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA INSPIRED CAKE:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (163 C).
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Lightly beat the 3 egg yolks and slowly mix in until well incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder, then add the orange zest.
  6. Add the following into the batter, mixing well in between: Alternate between adding flour mixture (1/3 at a time) and buttermilk (1/2 at a time), starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  7. In a separate bowl whip the 3 egg whites and salt until stiff peaks.
  8. Mix 1/3 of egg whites and desired food coloring into batter, then fold in remaining 2/3.
  9. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (163 C).
  10. Bake cakes in greased or parchment lined baking pans (I used 8×8 inch, square) until lightly golden and cake springs back when touched.
  11. Cool cakes on rack for 10 minutes.
  12. Before inverting out of pan, release edges with a knife.
  13. Ensure layers are completely cool before assembling.
  14. STRAWBERRY GLACÉ:

  15. Puree together strawberries and sugar.
  16. Cook over medium-high heat until thickened.
  17. HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM:

  18. Whip all ingredients together until light and fluffy.
  19. BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA CAKE SUGAR BORDER:

  20. Knead together powdered sugar, butter, and milk until soft dough.
  21. BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA CAKE ASSEMBLY:

  22. Layer various cake colors as shown, using optional reduced mandarin orange simple syrup, then alternating with glacé.
  23. For whipped cream layer, I used the flat chunk strawberries for support and added sliced strawberries and mandarin oranges to the sides.
  24. Cut sugar border design for bottom of cake.
  25. Top with a fluffy cloud of whipped cream and thinly sliced strawberries.
  26. I have been experimenting with recipes that work well in high humidity (100%) and at low elevations (less than 1,000 feet above sea level). I am amazed at how this cake turned out. The crumb is even, the cake actually rose nicely, and the texture is soft, bouncy, and moist, similar to Japanese cheesecake. This recipe is definitely a keeper for these types of conditions. Simple syrup is optional, I used a reduction of the mandarin orange juice to incorporate more the of the orange flavor.

    *Please note that this recipe will be best for high humidity and low elevations. For me to achieve this particularly tall, layered cake as inspired by the video game, I doubled the recipe.


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Nintendo Game Inspiration A Bio Miracle Bokette Upa Cake | Erica Robbin
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