Preparations for Fiesta.

Ahead of tomorrow’s “Fiesta” at Amanda’s school, I joined a bunch of mums and dads to help Ms Dung, a long-time organiser of the Vietnamese food stall, to make what Aussies call “dimsims” and clean cooked prawns so that they can be put into cold rolls. Borrowing from the Chinese, “dimsims” are similar to wontons in that both are small pieces of flattened dough filled with meat. The version that I made was a combination of minced pork, peas, diced onions and mushrooms, seasoned with soy sauce, salt and pepper. Since a picture paints a thousand words, here are some snapshots for the day’s proceedings.

Pan frying peanuts for dipping sauce.

One of Ms Dung's helpers pan-roasting nuts to make the dipping sauce for the cold rolls.

Cleaning prawns for Vietnamese cold rolls.

Volunteers removing prawn poop and slicing prawns.

Making pork dimsum.

Volunteers making "dimsims".

Australian pork dimsum.

My cute little "dimsims".

Making pork dimsum.

Me and my production line.

By the end of the three hours, I’d made new friends, had many laughs and was thoroughly competent in the art of making “dimsims” and removing prawn poop. Woo hoo ! Two more skills to add to my CV. Here’s a preview of some rides for tomorrow. Out in the school field, people were hard at work erecting tents for tomorrow’s event.

West End State School Fair rides.

The fearsome hurricane. No way am I going on.

Fair rides.

There are tea cups too, but you can't see them.


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