Be it an ingredient or a cooking technique, are there things that you NEVER comprise on?
For me, it's dumpling skins. They have to hand-rolled. Never will I "settle" for those pre-manufactured, pre-packaged, pre-cut skins found in supermarkets.
I guess it's an "acquired" trait from my mother who always insisted that we roll our own dumpling skins -- be they for dumplings (boiled or steamed), pan-fried dumplings, or even won tons. They all had to homemade.
I still have these calluses on my palms from rocking the rolling pins over little mounds of dough literally thousands of times during each Chinese (Lunar) New Year.
And you? What do you never compromise on?