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Dim sum (Chinese dumplings)

Traditional dim sum includes various types of steamed buns such as cha siu baau, dumplings and rice noodle rolls (cheong fun), which contain a range of ingredients, including beef, chicken, pork, prawns and vegetarian options. Many dim sum restaurants also offer plates of steamed green vegetables, roasted meats, congee porridge and other soups. Dessert dim sum is also available and many places offer the customary egg tart. Having a meal in a Chinese teahouse or a dim sum restaurant is known as yum cha (??), literally “drinking tea”, as tea is typically served with dim sum.

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 185 g uncooked (or frozen cooked) prawns or shrimps, shelled and deveined
  • 30 ml finely chopped bamboo shoots
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 ml finely grated ginger
  • 15 ml cornflour
  • 5 ml sesame oil
  • 5 ml salt
  • 5 ml sugar
  • 36 fresh coriander leaves

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 240 g cake flour
  • 45 ml cornflour
  • 250 ml water
  • 15 ml margarine
  • 30 ml sesame oil for brushing

Filling Preparation:

  1. Chop the prawns.
  2. Combine with remaining filling ingredients, except coriander.

Dough preparation:

  1. Mix the flour and cornflour well in a bowl.
  2. Place water and margarine in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. Cool for 30 seconds, then pour into the flour.
  4. Mix well to make a dough.
  5. If not using immediately, wrap in cling film to prevent surface from drying out.
  6. On a smooth, floured surface divide dough into about 36 pieces and cover to keep moist.
  7. Roll each piece out into a thin 7 to 8 cm diameter round, one at a time.
  8. Place 5 ml filling on each and place a coriander leaf on top.
  9. Bring edges of dough together and pinch to seal.
  10. Brush with sesame oil.
  11. Steam for 10 to 15 minutes in a colander over a saucepan of boiling water or in a Chinese steamer.
  12. Serve hot, with soy sauce for dipping.

One Response to “Dim sum (Chinese dumplings)”

  1. Says:

    Hey that’s my favorite food. Always go for it every Saturday morning just to eat Dim Sum…..