Rangoon Means End of Strife

Burma, remarked Rudyard Kipling, is “quite unlike any land you know about.” Even though today it is called Myanmar, and Yangon, AKA Rangoon, is no longer a capital city, albeit a hot tourist destination, it holds the distinction of being the oldest civilization in Indochina.

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Historians maintain that the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, also called the Golden Pagoda, was built by the Mon rulers between 6th and 10th centuries C.E. The legend, however, dates it much earlier, about 2600 years ago, which will make it the oldest in the world. Tradition has it that two brothers from Dagon, while traveling on business, ran into Lord Gautama Buddha (during his lifetime, that is) who gave them eight of his hairs. When they returned to Burma, they presented those hairs to King Okkalapa in a golden casket. And when the King opened the casket…

“There was a tumult among men and spirits … rays emitted by the Hairs penetrated up to the heavens above and down to hell … the blind beheld objects … the deaf heard sounds … the dumb spoke distinctly … the earth quaked … the winds of the ocean blew … Mount Meru shook … lightning flashed … gems rained down until they were knee deep … all trees of the Himalayas, though not in season, bore blossoms and fruit.”  (Reed,R. and Grosberg, M. 2005, Myanmar (Burma). Lonely Planet).

So the Golden Pagoda miraculously emerged, and the humble fishing village Dagon grew into a capital of the Mon dynasty, Rangoon, renamed so by King Alaungpaya in 18th century. For centuries, Burmese history was wrought with conflicts, wars, and conquests. By naming his capital Rangoon, which means “End of Strife,” the King was making a strong positive statement. Unfortunately, strife continued, and not only in Burma, but everywhere else in the world. Fortunately, no matter where we are today, we can enjoy some highlights of the exotic and beautiful Burmese culture.

A while ago, I posted a recipe for Baked Wontons (see here), and a lovely blogofriend who goes by the pen name Anne Boleyn (don’t worry, Beautiful People, her clever head is firmly sitting on her shoulders – hop over and visit her awesome blog!) asked if I have ever made crab rangoons.

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I went and bought some fake crab, fake cream cheese, and very real wonton wraps, and set out to make rangoons.  Distinguished Burmese name notwithstanding, crab rangoons came to us from California, where they accompanied Mai Tai cocktails at the famous Polynesian-themed restaurant Trader Vic’s.

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Diced fake crab is mixed with finely sliced scallions and minced garlic. So far, so good, if you are expecting oriental flavors. This mix is now introduced to imitation cream cheese, which is so obviously non-Polynesian and non-Burmese, that the name Rangoon sounds far fetched, to say the least. We do add soy sauce and wasabi powder (you might want to add some finely diced hot pepper instead, if you like it hot), to justify the name.Crab rangoon 5.jpg

Plop a teaspoon of this delicious mix in the center of a square wonton wrap, wet the sides, and start closing and sealing this cutie.

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You can be as creative as you wish and make all kinds of different shapes. I chose to bring the opposite sides together and make a four-corner. Make sure you seal it tight, not to lose any filling. Place your rangoons on a lightly misted with oil baking sheet and spray them on top. Send them to the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, depending on how crispy you want them to be.

Please use the time to listen to this inspired cooperative effort of the greatest American artists. Repeat after them: WE ARE THE WORLD, WE ARE THE CHILDREN! THERE COMES A TIME WHEN THE WORLD MUST COME TOGETHER AS ONE!

Recently, I published a post dedicated to the memory of one of the most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Holocaust (to refresh your memory, please click here). I am immensely grateful to many of you, Beautiful People, who expressed their horror and their compassion to the victims of that shameful page in human history. Yet, there was one comment that stopped me in my tracks:

This means YOU, personally, really should weight your words SERIOUSLY, and I strongly advise you to delete this written defamation of both characters and a huge group of people who do not take slander and character assassination like this easily. I do not know which organization you have got to back you up, but if you do not care about lawsuits in the multi-million dollar range, fine, just keep on what you are doing. If you DO care about spending x-amounts of money to try and defend this CLEARLY written libel, then take my DELETE-advice. Your “Post” is now officially taken both copies and screen-shots of and digitally stored for later use and evidence. This is just a warning. “

Obviously, I deleted this comment, but to me it meant two things:

  1. If my humble, but well-researched and documented post elicited this strong of a reaction, I must be doing something right; and
  2.  THERE IS STILL TOO MUCH STRIFE IN THE WORLD!

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I implore you, Beautiful People, to remember the wise King Alaungpaya, to come together as one, and work together to end the strife!

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz cream cheese (Tofutti or real)
  • 6 oz imitation crabmeat, diced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 -2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon wasabi powder, or more to taste (alternatively, chile pepper)
  • Wonton wraps

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 425 F (220 degrees C). Lightly spray baking sheet with oil.
  • Combine garlic, cream cheese, crab, green onions, wasabi powder, and soy sauce. Place 1 teaspoon of filling onto the center of each wonton wrap. Moisten the edges with water, connect the middle of opposite sides, press to seal.
  • Place rangoon on the baking sheet, lightly spray with oil.
  • Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

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  1. Oh, I love crab rangoon. What brands of fake crab and cream cheese do you recommend?

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    1. The kosher brand of all fake shellfish is Dyna-Sea. I also use it in sushi, crab cakes, and other recipes. As to cream cheese, Toffuti is my best friend, but there are other brands, also kosher. Our local Whole Foods market has the best prices on kosher Wonton and Spring Roll wraps.

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      1. Whole Foods is expensive though. Winco has good cream cheese.

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      2. We don’t have Winco here. Whole Foods is expensive, but on certain items the prices are better than anywhere else. Just like any store!

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  2. Xeno says:

    Yum. Those look great.

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    1. Thank you so much; I am so glad you like them!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  3. Thank you very much, also for this recipe, and the wonderful historic information. Have a good week. 😉 Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael! You too, have a wonderful week!

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  4. They look delicious Dolly and fascinating history.. thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear Sally!

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      1. Your friends will all be there for you.. and you will be in good hands.. ♥

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      2. Thank you so much for your support, dear Sally! If I were afraid to stand strong for my beliefs, I wouldn’t be here today.

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging!

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  5. A_Boleyn says:

    You did a wonderful job on your crab rangoon and the presentation is quite elegant as well. Thank you for the mention. 🙂

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    1. But of course – you made me do it, like the kids say! Thank you so much for your kind comment; it means a lot to me.

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  6. Osyth says:

    My father, the gentlest of gentlemen spent time in Burma in the 1950s. He would have enjoyed your history so much. And he would have been as horrified and furious as I that you of all people have suffered a horrible troll attack. But trust you, wise woman to use it as a lever to remind your readership that we really do need to pull together in peace and calm in this troubled and angry world of ours. As I sit watching the news in France which headlines the tragedy in Texas yesterday and the death of a young woman out jogging near her home in Burgundy, I can only echo your plea and hope that the gentle and good can prevail over the insane and evil that is permeating our world. I send you peace.

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    1. Oh, I didn’t suffer at all! If anything, this rabid idiocy confirmed to me that I have done the right thing.
      I keep thinking that every day I open the news with trepidation: what other horrible atrocity has been visited upon some innocents somewhere in the world? It is incumbent upon each one of us to keep speaking for peace, love, and kindness!

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  7. thejuicenut says:

    I am so sorry to read that you received such a threatening comment on your post and just wanted to give you my moral support. 💜

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    1. Thank you so much for your support, dear Chris! This threat only served to show me that I have done the right thing, and I will continue to do so, with G-d’s help and support of kind souls like yourself.

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      1. thejuicenut says:

        😊👌🏻👏🏻💜

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  8. Joëlle says:

    Very pretty wrappers, Dolly! Thank you for the recipe.
    I am not surprised at the threatening message you got: the dark side of humankind never quite vanishes, unfortunately. Which makes people like you shine even brighter 😊!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and your support, dear Joelle! I have always been a fighter, and a threat only makes me fight more vigorously.

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      1. Thank you so much for forwarding it to me, dear Joelle!

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  9. Interesting version. I like the way you folded the wonton wrappers. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Ronit! Do you have other versions?

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      1. ahhh the original one, with real cream cheese and crab??? 😀

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      2. I see. While real crab is not kosher, I’d love to have real cream cheese, but unfortunately, I have to stay away from eat. What about spices and flavoring?

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      3. I don’t make it often, and it’s mostly what you’ve used. I do like to add some chopped pickled ginger to the filling. It’s not part of the traditional recipe, but it’s tasty! 🙂

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      4. Great minds think almost alike – I was thinking about adding some grated (non-pickled) ginger. Thank you so much, Ronit; now I will!
        Of course, I wouldn’t presume to compare my mind to yours in culinary matters!

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      5. We all share the same creative ability and can always learn from each other. 🙂

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      6. You are too kind! We are all created equal, but some are more equal than others.

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  10. dtills says:

    These are so pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much dear, and they are really easy to make, and so delicious!

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  11. Clare says:

    Humanity loves to remain divided. I hope some day we realize the truth of our oneness.

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    1. That’s a lovely statement, dear Clare, and I thank you for it!

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  12. ren says:

    “crab rangoons came to us from California” … my son was just telling me about the many things that come from California. I will add this one to his list.

    I am seeing more and more UNITY on the planet. I know the media will not portrait it…. but when you really look, you can see/feel/sense that more and more people are pulling together. See/feel/live it in your imagination with me….. ?

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    1. I certainly hope so, dear Ren, and I also tend to look for positive things, rather then negative. Thank you for your support, darling!

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  13. Rini says:

    I’d like to think the person that threatened you wouldn’t issue the same threats without hiding behind monitors. Good for you for standing behind your words. As for your crab ragoons, yum!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Rini, for your support and for your lovely comment!

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  14. I was very young when I visited Rangoon with my parents and siblings (1959?). I remember the golden pagoda, but what stands out in my memory was seeing two young couples in the Rangoon airport. The young men had beards and they all wore sandals. My dad whispered to us something about them being beatniks. My thoughts were, I might want to be a beatnik someday.

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    1. LOL So, Greg, did you? Become a beatnik, that is?

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      1. I suppose one could say that I became the next generation version of beatnik. A good portion of my youth was enjoyed (some might say squandered) living in a rather unconventional manner.

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      2. Good for you! Conventions are made for people who can’t make them themselves by those who routinely break them.

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  15. You are right, Dolly. The holocaust was one of the most horrific events in human history. There have been others where murderous people have killed millions of innocents. People must remember and you must continue to write your thoughts and feelings.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kindness and your understanding, dear Robbie!

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  16. Well said, Dolly – and I am as appalled as you must have been to read the comment from an obvious troll whose heart seems past healing. I agree – if you are on the radar of these neo-Nazis you are clearly doing something right. You GO girl!

    Thanks so much for including the We Are the World video with this yummy sounding recipe – truly an inspired action from a wide variety of amazing artists.

    We are indeed the world – and just as each of these singers stepped up to the mic to add their voices to the ensemble effort, we must *each* sing out individually and in unison that we can and MUST make a better world – “we’re saving our own lives” as well as those of generations to come.

    It is a CHOICE.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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    1. The late Lubavitch Rebbe had said that if you save one child, you save the world. I think that this concept applies to adults as well because ultimately we are all His children. That’s what we have to do, every day, save the world, one person at the time. You are doing it through your coaching, Madelyn, and I – through teaching.
      This video still gives me shivers; it is that powerful!
      I thank you for your understanding and your support, dear friend!

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      1. Always, Dolly. We are of one mind where this is concerned.
        xx,
        mgh

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  17. What a lovely recipe with your forever engrossing story-telling. You have merged both the things so beautifully. I simply loved it.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anuradha; I am so glad you like it, and you are so kind!

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  18. One of my favorites on the “appetizer “ menu at my local Chinese Restaurant. Thank you for the recipe. Seems we can unite at the buffet 😊

    Sorry you encountered a person in denial. Currently, there’s a movement in the U. S. to say the enslaved Africans were indentured servants . The rewrite includes they were happy to “work” here. I’m no fan of “revisionist history” because then we forget the only monsters are human … and we’re doomed to repeat our horrific behavior.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mel! I cannot agree more with your view regarding “revisionist history” – such an Orwellian concept!
      I am glad you like the recipe – now you can easily make it in your own kitchen. Enjoy!

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  19. lghiggins says:

    Your recipe looks and sounds so delicious! As other commenters, I am appalled at the mean spirited person hiding behind a mask of digital anonymity. I am so happy that you are not letting him or her deter you and your efforts for peace. As has been said often, if we do not know our history, we are doomed to repeat it.

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    1. Dear Linda,I thank you so much for your compassion and understanding,and for your support!

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  20. aho says:

    You made me miss Yangon! 🙂 it’s such an unusual place, like nowhere else I’ve been. Shwedagon Pagoda is stunning; we spent all day there, walking around and admiring it’s intimidating beauty. It also makes me think about what’s happening in Myanmar now, and it’s deeply saddening.

    Your crab rangoons sound delicious! And they look so pretty, too. Gotta try making them sometime soon 🙂

    As for the comment by an anonymous user, don’t get disheartened. Unfortunately, there are many haters out there and the way media portraits the world, sometimes might make us feel as if the ‘evil’ was in for the win. But I’d like to believe that it’s not true. I wouldn’t worry about the threats either. People like that are to be ignored. I always say to myself that I should focus on the things I can change, rather than worry about those that I am unable to. I wonder if that person would have been so outspoken if he/she was to say all this to you in person.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Oh, how much I envy you! I only saw the Golden Pagoda pictures, and it’s stunning. I cannot even imagine the impression of experiencing it live! Unfortunately, the strife has never ended there, and it is very sad.
      Threats do not dishearten me; on the contrary, they convince me that I am doing the right thing. Unfortunately, there are too many people out there who deny that Holocaust ever happened, and I feel very strongly about standing up and speaking up. I have come across quite a few people in my life who made statements like that to me in person, and I don’t feel I have the right to remain silent.

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  21. Oh a marvrlous dish! I can taste the love!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like it!

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  22. These look delicious. I’ve been searching for appetizers to try something new and these sound so good. Great for parties too ☺👍🏻

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Myra, you are so sweet! Ronit also suggested to dice pickled ginger into the filling, and I was thinking to try grated raw ginger. I’d love to see what you come up with! 😻

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      1. That all sounds delicious 👌

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  23. kelleysdiy says:

    Thank you so much for this interesting post Dolly!

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    1. Thank you, dear Linda, for taking time to read and comment! 😻

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