117 comments

  1. amsterdamfoodstories says:

    March 31, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Ah, congratulations!! This is so sweet, so romantic: ‘Someone who just feels like home.’ I love to read that. And of course a delicious recipe, as always.

  2. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Congratulations Cynthia and 2nd red bowl!! :)
    All the best to you both and what an exciting time this must be for you. Enjoy it to the fullest!

    I loved reading about your story and thank you for sharing it. It is never gag-inducing to read true feelings about ones true love. “Someone who just feels like home” is exactly how I feel about my boyfriend too.

    Thanks for the great bonus of a great recipe! I have to try my hand at dim-sum.

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

      I’m so glad to read that, Magda! I’m still getting used to writing about personal things, so thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment :)

  3. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 7:45 am

    HUGE congrats to you guys!! What lovely news to hear on a Monday! :) I saw the pic of your char siu a few days ago and was like oh my god that looks like heaven. I only really get to eat it back in CA when I visit my parents. We don’t have any great dim sum places around my neck of the woods here in MI. BBQ pork buns are one of my favorites although I pretty much love it all. I think more restaurants need to adopt the dim sum service cart! I love that you can be eating pretty much as soon as you sit down and that everything is a la cart. Have you ever had those custard filled buns? I always forget what they’re called. Sooooo good! Congrats again, Cynthia! Very excited for you two. :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Oh my god, I LOVE the custard buns! I actually was going to include an option to turn these into the custard ones because it’s actually so much easier (and I think I might have liked it even more?!) I used a recipe from Viet World Kitchen and it was out of this world delicious. I used to hunt all over HK for good custard pineapple buns — for some reason they were a little harder to find, at least where I was. Yumm… Thank you so much for your kind words, Steph! <3

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Thank you, sweet Sini! What a crazy couple of days we’ve both had! I’m so glad to be able to share this and Saveur and everything else in between with you. I hope we’ll both be able to get to Vegas — it would be SO wonderful to hang in real life! :)

  4. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Congratulations! I loved this “serious” post. You two red bowl sound like a perfect pair. I wish you all the best. My Hubby and I have been married almost 9 years, and it is so much fun! It gets better and better and better. So happy for you! This recipe sounds amazing, by the way.

  5. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

    “Someone who feels like home” That’s the best feeling..
    Congratulations to you! That’s wonderful news. and these buns OMG..

  6. cakeoversteak says:

    March 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Such a beautiful post!!! I love when bloggers I enjoy following delve a little deeper into their personal lives .. it’s nice to hear more about you and Bowl #2. I wish you guys so much happiness! It sounds like you are already well on your way. :-D xoxo

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Thank you so so much, Sarah! That’s so gratifying to hear — I’m so glad I didn’t just put you all to sleep ;)

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Katherine, was I a total douche and did I not comment congrats on your own engagement a few weeks ago?! I just remembered this when I saw your comment. Your post was what inspired me to get up the courage to share all this :D Thank you and congrats to YOU (and now I’m going to go make sure I wished you on your blog properly! d’oh)

  7. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 9:36 am

    OH MY GOD CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I adored learning about your guys’ story. Sigh! Sounds so magical. I love that you are so in love. !!!! And these photos just make hearing the news like 928309820x more magical. THEY ARE LITERALLY SO GORGEOUS I CAN’T HANDLE IT! The shadows. The light! Your gorgeous hands. THE RINGS!!!! I am so, so excited for you. You deserve all the happiness in the world <33

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Awwww Erika, thank you so so much <3<3<3 I certainly don’t deserve as good a friend as I have in you! You’re the best and so happy I could share this with you <3

  8. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Ohmygodohmygodohmygod I don’t know what I’m more excited about: your engagement (!!!!!!) or these buns (!!!!!!!)

    I’ve been wanting to recreate these Tim ho wan beauties but have been so daunted by the task. but just thinking of them has got me all light headed and in a dream state. You should serve these at your wedding?!? Hahahah

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Gurlfran, I am not gonna lie, it is such an endeavor! But still takes less time than flying to HK, so … worth it! Also, a gigantic pork pineapple bun cake?! GENIUS.

      What if I made a dress out of pineapple pork buns?

  9. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

    oooooooh congratulations guys! Love that you bought him a ring already too. haha! And LOVE this recipe. Combining the power of the pork bun with the crumbly awesomeness of a pineapple bun!? Diabolical. Still haven’t been to Hong Kong, but now I know the first place I’m beelining for when I do eventually get there. This post was really lovely to read. Congrats again!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Oh my gosh, Tim Ho Wan is definitely a MUST visit if you ever go to Hong Kong. It’s just…mecca. And thank you so much for your sweet words, Sarah!!

  10. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

    CYNTHIA! Congratulations!!!

    Reading your story made me smile. The part about blacking out in terror when a professor cold calls you? Yep, that’s been me. Also the whole “getting-together-right-before-one-of-you-heads-off-abroad-and-now-we’re-in-an-LDR-ugh-what-is-this”? Yep, been there too. So, so, so happy that things worked out, you sound absolutely delighted and excited in your post!

    And of course, beautiful pictures as usual! This recipe sounds AMAZING. Congratulations again!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Oh my god, it’s the worst, isn’t it?! (Cold-calling AND international LDRs.) Never again, hopefully. ;) Thank you so, so much, Michelle!

  11. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

    This is one of my favourite posts ever <3

    I love how you write about your relationship and how full of life it is. You two are going to be so, so happy together xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Thank you, dear Kathryn! You are a daily inspiration when I think of how and I should write on this blog — so special thanks for that.

  12. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Such a lovely post! Congratulations on your engagement! What a beautiful season this will be!

    As for the buns… I can hardly handle the temptation to drop everything I have to do today and get in the kitchen now! I am looking forward to giving these a try!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Let me know how it goes if you do! It’s a commitment but so worth it :) And thank you so much for your kind words!

  13. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats! I love this post so much. I am at the beginning of something new and special, but it already just feels comfortable and right, so I think I get what you mean by that. I love your blog and I love learning more about the people behind it. Happy engagement!

  14. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Omgggggggggahhhh!! Congratulations!!! Welcome welcome to the legally-bound club!! I can’t be happier for you and it truly sounds like you’re describing something that I feel familiar with in this (so far) happy marriage of mine. I’m ridiculously humbled to be even mentioned in such an important post of yours! Gaahhh I’m so honored. Can I wear white to your wedding, too? I promise not too much cleavage….

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

      HAHAha Mandy I cracked up. You can even walk down the aisle with me, tossing pineapple buns behind you instead of flower petals…. Thanks so much, lady. :) I need to email you — any chance we’re going to be able to hang in May?!?!

  15. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Cynthia, I love your blogs more and more – and this one in particular is so beautiful! Such a wonderful story and lovely words! Wishing you and Bowl # 2 many congratulations! … and OMG those buns. THOSE buns. I love ‘em.

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Oh my gosh, thank you so much, Melissa! I’m fangirling a little bit over here to see your comment ;) Double thanks in return! <3

  16. emana says:

    March 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Congrats!!! Wishing you guys a lifetime of unconditional love & happiness. Awesome post. Awesome recipe……..and two of my favorite things!!!! I think i’ll have to make a detour while running errands to grab some…steamed char siu buns and pineapple milky cream buns…….yuuuum. :D

  17. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    So many congratulations! I’m new(ish) to your blog, but think that it is completely gorgeous and so happy to hear such a lovely story behind it… And two shiny engagement rings – love that.
    Char sui buns are one of my absolute favourites. The thought of adding pineapple to the mix has me almost overcome. Literally cannot wait to make these. Yum.

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Aw, thank you SO much, Skye, and a big welcome <3 so happy to have you and to hear you like reading :):)

  18. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    This is AWESOME!!!

    So many gorgeous news today! Congratulations!

    The story was lovely, and it is amazing that he came to visit you in Hong Kong.
    Wish you the best!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Congratulations to YOU!!! Ahhhhhhh! What a week we’ve been having. Any chance we’ll hang out in May?! I’m crossing my fingers <3

      • says:

        April 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        Yes, these days are quite intense! It would be awesome if we could all meet in May…I’m not sure about that at all, but! There is a good chance I might need to pay NYC a visit in August! :D

  19. says:

    March 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    my heart is warm thinking how happy you are. i think a tear rolled down my cheek when you described your man as being home; my husband and i would always say that to each other (and still do!). i didn’t know others described their love that way, and so i know how it feels to truly be home with the one you love. lots of internet xoxoxo’s to you, what an exhilarating time!

    and can we talk Saveur!? erm, what an awesome day for us bloggers! so happy for you, my friend! xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Lindsey, you’re just the best. This warmed my heart to read — and you know, you and your love (no pun intended!! hehee!) have been a continual inspiration to me. Just like your blog is. Thank you, and so happy for YOU!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Aw, Courtney — thank you so much <3 I’ve been so amazed and touched by how engaged (ha, no pun intended) everyone has been. It’s so much more than I deserve. And love hearing it’s only upwards from here :D I’m already looking forward to it (eeee babies!!!!)

  20. says:

    April 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

    SO many cheers and-and-AND these buns have me salivating all up ons my ‘puter. But in a way that’s slightly more appropriate than that made it sound. You’re, like, my food unicorn. Also: if hands are any indication, you’re both knockouts and are going to make super fine-ass babies. <3!!!!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      HAHAHA omg I’m dying. I’ve never been called a food unicorn. But now that I have, I think it might have been the moment I’ve been waiting for … my whole life. Thank you so much, Em :)

  21. says:

    April 1, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Congratulations! I am new to the blog, having just found you through Saveur, but having spent a large part of my life in Hong Kong, it makes me very happy to see that barbecue pork buns are a sentimental food in your relationship. Happy engagement and marriage to you both!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Oh yay, a huge welcome and thank you so much for reading!! I’m so excited you’re here — and love that you’re from Hong Kong! Oh my gosh, the time I spent there was one of the great adventures of my life… I love that city. Besides the cockroaches, which I have a paralyzing and debilitating fear of. Ha. Thank you so much, Genevieve!

  22. says:

    April 1, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations! Such exciting news! I loved reading your story and, of course, seeing your beautiful ring :) My relationship turned into a long distance to Hong Kong in its very early stages too. I came out to Hong Kong for a visit from London, and somehow we’re both still here. Maybe (almost defiantly!) its the food thats keeping us! Your buns look absolutely delicious too, char siu is just the most incredible food isn’t it?
    Wishing you all the very best :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Oh my gosh yes. Char siu is just so unbelievably good! I could eat it every day of my life. And I could totally see HK as a place where you’d just (despite expectations) end up staying. I love that city and miss it every day. What a vibrant community — and the best food city I’ve ever been to! Thank you so much for your kind words :) enjoy HK extra on my behalf!

  23. says:

    April 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Congratulations on the wonderful news! Im sure you are really looking forward to marriage and experience beautiful life ahead. Btw, so happy for you that your site is selected as finalist in Saveur! Fab work.

  24. says:

    April 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Aaaaaah, the good ol’ Socratic method. I was so terrified that every class in law school was going to be that way but thankfully, only a few of my profs were into torturing their students ;) I LOVE hearing about how you and Bowl #2 met and got together and fell in love and ate all that glorious food! Love this post and the fabulous photos. A huge congratulations to you once again – this is so exciting! Why the hell do you guys have such wonderfully photogenic hands?! Lol. I’m thrilled you’re sharing this recipe because pineapple buns and char sui are both on my culinary bucket list. If I’m ever brave enough to attempt these recipes, I’ll let you know how it goes. Not only are you a fianced lady, but I’m also thrilled you’re nominated for Saveur’s Best New Blog category. Big hugs to you, girl!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Uh, right?! We had so many different incarnations too … one prof used to cold-call based on whether you were from the jurisdiction where the case was decided. And all our Canadian students would live in constant uncertainty. Haha. The straight-up cold-call any day any time has got to be the worst, though. Thank you so so much for all your kind words and support (since the very beginning!) You’re the best, Nance <3

  25. says:

    April 1, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Awwwwww!!!!!! Cynthia! Congraaats! You guys’ love story is the ultimate! So so sweet, and after reading this and learning more about how you two met, my heart melts! When you describe someone as feeling like home, you know they’re meant to be in your life forever! Also, I can only imagine being “cold called” on the first day! Ugh…horror!!! One of the few things I miss when it comes to meat is Char Siu and BBQ! So this recipe had me drooling…I miss these kind of buns and also, manapua buns…soooo good! I love the process photos, and another wonderful appearance of B2 (as well as the two red bowls)! Love to you guys, so so happy for you! xoxoxo <3

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

      OMG did you ever go to Island Manapua Factory in Manoa? OMggggg I miss manapua soooo much. Y’all do char siu so right you give HK-ers a run for their money. <3<3<3 thank you so much for your sweet words, Jess!! I can’t wait to hear all about Chicago <3

  26. says:

    April 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    CONGRATS!!!! I am so happy for you! What an exciting time in your lives. AAaannnddd…. double Congrats for being a Savour FINALIST!!! You’ve definitely got my vote ;) Your work is so inspiring. Keep up the amazing work.

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Double triple thank you, Tessa!!!! You just made me blush – thank you so much for voting and for your wonderful words … and for your gorgeous cakes! :D

  27. says:

    April 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Congrats muchly!!! on pretty much everything. You deserve it all!!! and OMG I LOVE BBQ pork buns. As a kid yum cha would not be done without my BBQ pork buns.

    But those at Tim Ho Wan… are really something special. THW is possibly my fave food experience in Hong Kong of all time. Amazing place!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Right?! I may or may not take to wandering the restaurant when I can’t find the cart with the BBQ pork buns………….. yeah, I’m that girl. And oh lord, same here re: Tim Ho Wan! Hands down the best meals I had in HK (and for what, 8 USD?) Someday I’ll be back, you guys. Thank you so so much for the kind words, LJ — you’re amazing! (And love the new turn your blog has taken! So cool!!!)

  28. says:

    April 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    AHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so so happy for you – that is truly amazing, and I’m so happy that you share moments like these on the blog for us to read. I can’t wait to see what the food at that wedding will look like! Knowing NYC (I just got back), it’s probably going to be so fab.

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thank you so so much, Shikha!! I’m glad you don’t mind me sharing them. ;) HOW WAS NEW YORK?! I hope you had an incredible time here!

  29. says:

    April 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Congratulations on both your engagement and being a saveur finalist!!! You incredible you! I hope you two red bowls will continue to spark the best in each other, best wishes for the future

  30. says:

    April 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

    This makes me so happy – I love love. Congratulations to the two of you and I’m going to let you in one a little secret – wedding planning isn’t nearly as difficult and overwhelming as everyone makes it out to be. ;) XO

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

      GURL. Music to my ears. But then again, you do everything so beautifully that that doesn’t surprise me at all coming from you! Thank you so much for the kind words, Ashlae! Hope we get to say a personal hello next month :):)

  31. says:

    April 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Oh my gosh, congratulations!!! Such exciting news, and such exciting buns! Your story is beautiful, I feel like we are privileged to read about it and share in your happiness. And those buns, I’m definitely making those buns!

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Oh gosh, if anyone’s privileged, it’s me — I’m so ridiculously touched that you all actually enjoyed these stories of mine! So lucky to be able to share it with you. Thank you so so much, and yesss — do try these!! :)

  32. says:

    April 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I’m late to the engagement party! Congrats to you both. I couldn’t be happier for you! Perfect love and Saveur nominations? This is your year. (To be followed by many more…)

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      No such thing! Actually we agreed our engagement couldn’t be official until we got our blessing from Movita Beaucoup. Now that it’s here, the party can actually begin! :) Thanks so much, friend. I’m so glad to have met you through our blog adventures.

  33. Jen says:

    April 15, 2014 at 12:33 am

    First time stumbling onto your blog and I’ve been completely captivated by your photographs, recipes and storytelling. Can’t wait to read more and add more recipes to my to-bake list.

    Best wishes on your engagement!

  34. says:

    April 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Congratulations on your engagement! This makes me smile because it’s so lovely when someone shares their joy. : ) I’ll echo what so many have said about your beautiful blog. Clearly, you are so talented. All the best for many, many more years of great food and love – red bowls and all!

  35. says:

    May 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Working my way through your gorgeous posts and just had to comment on this one! A big ol’ congratulations, and I hope you’ll do some wedding food posts when the time comes :)

    PS: Your ring is lovely!

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