Jun 24, 2014

Lovely Dim Sum Siu Mai Dumplings

Never did I realise I love Dim Sum until I came to Canada.

As dim sum is expensive in Canada, I have to make it myself. Siu Mai is one of the easiest to make.

Siu Mai Dumplings


Fish Siu Mai in Wanton Wrapper

In Hong Kong, you can have Siu Mai in Dim Sum Restaurants, or you can simply buy Siu Mai as snacks at food stalls or convenience stores. While both are Siu Mai, the fillings are different. Usually, it is pork and shitake (black mushroom) in Dim Sum Siu Mai (served without soy sauce), and fish paste in snack Siu Mai (with soy sauce, and chili oil if you like spicy food).

This time, I'm sharing with you the recipe of Dim Sum Siu Mai (with pork and shitake). 

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Cook time:
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Yield: 20-25 pieces (5-6 servings)

Ground pork: 300g 
Corn starch: 2 teaspoon 
Chopped shrimp: 250g 
Chopped shitake (black mushroom): 50g 
Wanton / Siu Mai wrappers: 20-25 pieces 
Sesame oil: 1 tablespoon 
Salt: 2/3 teaspoon 
Sugar: 1 tablespoon 
Chicken stock mix: 1 teaspoon (optional) 
Pepper: sprinkle 


1. Add corn starch to the ground pork. Mix and press the meat paste until it is sticky.

2. Add shrimp to the pork paste. Mix and press the paste until it is sticky.

3. Add shitake (soaked in warm water before) to the mixture.

Sticky pork paste with mushroom and shrimp

4. Add sesame oil, salt, pepper (white or black), sugar and chicken stock mix (optional) to the mixture. Mix well.

5. Fridge the bowl of mixture for 30 minutes.

6. Cut the wonton wrappers or Siu Mai wrappers into rounds. Place a wrapper onto your palm. Spoon the cold mixture into the centre of the wrapper.

You may use the help of a round bottle lid.

7. Form a ring with your thumb and forefinger. Place the wrapper (now with the mixture on it) on top of the ring. Press the mixture into the hole formed by your two fingers with a spoon. (This is hard. You may watch this video for reference: http://youtu.be/usbIDw_kmzo)

8. To make your Siu Mai a beauty, please put your fingers around its neck so that it is slimmer near the top. You may even add minced carrots or crab roe to make it more colourful.

They have slim necks~

9. Steam it for 8 minutes. Switch off the stove and "steam" virtually for 2 more minutes.

Siu Mai in white Shanghai Wanton Wrapper

My illustrated recipe in Chinese

My Recipe in Chinese:

Is it easy and delicious? Tell me about your Siu Mai~^^

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