Cooking with Alison

Siu Mai Recipe

In Dim Sum on February 9, 2010 at pm

I love dim sum and I was ecstatic when I started making it successfully at home.  Dim sum refers to various types of small dishes that are served with tea during the meal, yum cha (“drinking tea time”), which starts early in the morning and ends between noon and 3 pm, depending on the restaurant.  (Check out the other dim sum recipes that I have posted in the Asian – Dim Sum category.)

Siu mai is one of the simplest ones to make.  You can make a large batch at once because they freeze nicely.

Below left:  Siu Mai after being cooked.

Below right:  Siu Mai before going into the steamer.

Siu Mai Recipe

makes about 30 dumplings.

1 1/3 cups of ground pork shoulder or pork butt

1 cup uncooked shrimp, gently and coarsely chopped

6 dried shiitake mushrooms (rehydrated in cold water for at least 30 min, stems removed and caps sliced thinly and then coarsely chopped)

24 round wonton wrappers, shanghai style (when I can’t find round wrappers, I buy square ones and use my round cookie cutter to cut them)

1 tablespoon of garlic minced

1/2 tablespoon ginger minced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce

1/2 tablespoon shaoxing wine (rice wine)

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

red fish roe (optional for garnish)

Mix the pork, shrimp and all of the flavouring ingredients together in a large bowl.  Using chopsticks, stir in one direction until the filling starts to get sticky.  Chill throughout.

Cover the won ton wrappers with a damp towel.  To wrap the siu mai, make a ring with your fingers by touching the tip of your left index finger to the tip of your thumb (if you’re right handed).  Place the centre of a wrapper over the hole and push down on it into the hole so that the wonton wrapper looks like a small basket.  Put 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of the basket.  Gently squeeze the opposing sides of the dumpling with your fingers to make a square like shape.  Then flatten the bottom by pressing it down on the countertop.  The filling should be left exposed on the top.  Pleat the excess wrapper and/or tuck in any edges.  Add garnish (optional).

Set up your steaming equipment and bring the water to a boil.  I use a wok, a rack and a lightly oiled glass dish.  (If using a bamboo steamer, line it with parchment paper cut to fit.)  How to steam cook food instructions here.  Place the dumplings on the glass dish 1/2 an inch apart and place the dish on the rack in the wok.  Steam over boiling water on high heat for 12 to 15 minutes.  When done, the pork will no longer be pink and it will be just cooked through.  Do not overcook.  Make sure to check the water level from time to time and add more as necessary so you don’t burn the wok when it’s dry.  Serve immediately with hot sauce.  Once cooled, siu mai can be frozen individually before thrown into a bag together.  To reheat, steam for 12 to 15 minutes directly from the freezer.

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  1. Who knew siu mai could be so easy! I am definitely trying this next time.

  2. I Think I already related to you how I love oriental food. Love the dim sum, can’t wait to try it. I make many dishes that are oriental, this recipe will be added to my favorites. Thanks for posting it>

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