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Pork Dumplings (Shiu Mai)

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Yields about 5 dozen shiu mai.

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 cup thinly sliced napa cabbage, plus extra leaves for lining the steamer
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (both white and green parts)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch; more for dusting
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 55 to 60 shiu mai wrappers or wonton wrappers
  • Soy Dipping Sauce, for serving 

In a large bowl, stir together the pork, sliced cabbage, scallions, cilantro, soy sauce, garlic, rice vinegar, 1 Tbs. cornstarch, ginger, sesame oil, sugar, pepper, and egg white.

Assemble the shiu mai:

Sprinkle a rimmed baking sheet liberally with cornstarch. Set a small bowl of water on the work surface. If the wrappers are larger than 3 inches across in any direction, trim them with a cookie cutter to 3-inch rounds. Otherwise, leave as squares or rectangles.

Working with one wrapper at a time, and keeping the remaining wrappers covered with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out, place a heaping teaspoon of the pork filling in the center of the wrapper. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, dab a bit of water around the edge of the wrapper to moisten. Crimp the wrapper up and around the filling, squeezing slightly with your fingers to bring the wrapper together like a beggar’s pouch.

Pork Dumplings (Shiu Mai) Recipe

Place on the cornstarch-coated baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling until you run out of one or the other. You can steam the shiu mai immediately or freeze and steam them later (see Make-Ahead Tips, below).

Steam the shiu mai:

Set up a steamer with 2 inches of water in the bottom. Line the basket with cabbage leaves to keep the shiu mai from sticking. Set over medium-high heat and cover. When steam begins to escape from the steamer, remove from the heat and carefully take off the lid. Arrange the shiu mai in the steamer so that they don’t touch, as they will stick together (you’ll have to cook them in batches). Cover the steamer and return to medium-high heat. Steam until the pork is cooked through (cut into one to check), 5 to 7 minutes. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Make Ahead Tips

Freeze the uncooked shiu mai on the baking sheet. When frozen, transfer them to an airtight container, setting parchment or plastic wrap between layers, or seal them in a plastic bag. Store in the freezer, where they’ll keep for about a month. Do not thaw the shiu mai before steaming; cooking time will be 10 to 12 minutes.

Variations

Shrimp & Scallop Shiu Mai: Instead of the ground pork, you can use 1/2 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp and 1/2 lb. dry-packed, fresh sea scallops (with the tough muscle removed). Pulse the shrimp and scallops in a food processor until almost smooth, about 12 pulses. Use this mixture instead of the ground pork in the shiu mai recipe.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per piece; Calories (kcal): 40; Fat (g): fat g 1.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 10; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; Protein (g): protein g 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 5; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 80; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 5; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Scallop and shrimp variation made the best dumplings we've ever had. The pork version is good but not nearly as delicious as the seafood variation.

Don't be put off by all the ingredients that go into these. They're well worth the chopping. Great blending of flavors. I finally used the last few that I made around the holidays. I had frozen the extras. They steamed beautifully. I even froze the leftover dipping sauce and reheated it for the leftover dumplings. Great treat to have in the freezer!

Made the whole batch and frozen the leftovers. Very nice to have on hand for a quick steam.

These were a little fussy and time consuming, but delicious. I added a little finely diced water chestnuts to give them some additional texture. We like them with Vietnamese dipping sauce (nuoc cham) rather than the accompanying sauce, which we found too salty.

Love this recipe. It was so tasty. Have had them 3 times and made them twice. It is worth the effort and the construction of the Shiu Mai was easier the 2nd time. My daughter, 10 year old granddaughter and I had a great time making them.

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