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Banana Dumplings

Dim Sum and Other Snack Foods

Banana Dumplings
4 large nearly but not ripe bananas
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
6 Tablespoons canned or freshly made sweet bean paste
1/2 cup wheat or all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1. Peel, then cut the banana in half, lengthwise; and keep both halves together. Reserve one long thin strip less than a quarter of an inch from each peel. Sprinkle cornstarch on their cut sides.
2. Divide the bean paste in four parts, and spread each part on one of the two banana halves, then sandwich then together, being careful not to break the banana halves. Cut each filled banana into four or five sections. Tie each section with one strip of the banana peel leaving the ends sticking out.
3. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and brown sugar, then add half cup of water to make a thick batter.
4. Heat oil, dip half the banana sections in the batter, drain, and fry them in the oil until crisp, stirring once or twice after two or three minutes in the oil. Then drain on paper towels. Repeat with the other half of the banana sections.
5. Put banana sections on a serving platter, then put the powdered sugar in a fine strainer, and sprinkle some on the banana sections. Serve, and remind those eating them not to eat the banana skins.

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