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Dim Sum Favorites You Can Make at Home

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Much of the fun of dim sum comes from the parade of one delicious dish after another past your table. But many of these favorites really can be made at home. Choose one as a weekend project, or put together several for a full-blown dim sum meal.

 

 

 

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    Chive Scallops with Chinese Sausage

    In Chinese tradition, scallops, whose shells look like money, represent good fortune, so they’re auspicious to serve for the Lunar New Year. Ask your fishmonger for scallops that are similar in size so that they cook in the same amount of time. Chinese sausage (lop chong) looks like skinny salami and is sold in the refrigerator section of most Asian markets.

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    Chinese Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (Jiao Zi)

    A savory pork, shrimp and salted cabbage filling, seasoned with ginger, garlic and scallions, is the most traditional filling for jiao zi. Butcher counters in Asian markets often offer several grinds of pork. For dumplings, use a coarser grind with more fat to ensure a tender, juicy filling.

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    Chinese Rose Wine Shrimp Soup

    The Chinese name for this soup is chiew tong, or wine soup. The “wine” used is actually a potent sorghum-based spirit (mei kuei lu chiew, or rose wine) flavored with rose petals and rock sugar. A floral gin, such as Hendrick’s, is a suitable substitute.

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    Shanghai Scallion Pancakes

    These pan-fried flatbreads are crisp outside, slightly flaky inside, and rich with the flavor of scallions, cilantro, and sesame. Also called Shanghai onion bread, they’re very delicious, and very addictive.

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    Steamed Pork Buns

    Authentic Chinese steamed pork buns are a dim sum classic. Watch the video for Eileen's step-by-step demonstration of how to make the dough, the filling, and how to shape the buns.

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    Classic Chinese Sesame Noodles

    If you think you’ve tasted great sesame noodles, think again. Toasted sesame paste gives these an incredibly deep, nutty flavor, while homemade hot pepper oil adds gentle spicy heat. A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or a few dashes of hot sauce can be used instead, if you like.

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    Dim Sum Shrimp and Pork Meatballs with Sesame-Ginger Sauce

    These meatballs echo the juicy filling in dim sum dumplings. Fattier ground pork will make for more tender meatballs, so ask your butcher to grind it fresh from the shoulder. To make them a meal, serve with stir-fried vegetables and brown rice.

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    Chile-Butter Lobster Bao

    The heaping, meal-size classic lobster roll is reimagined here as a two-bite nibble, inspired by fluffy Chinese-style buns, or bao.The lobster is steamed partway and then poached in butter, making it that much more rich and luscious. A combination of red Thai chiles and Sriracha, a Southeast Asian-style chili-garlic sauce, gives the lobster a dose of mild heat and bright flavor.

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    Egg Drop Soup with Crab, Baby Corn, and Peas

    This Chinese restaurant mainstay becomes a light and lovely supper with the addition of crab, baby corn, and peas.

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    Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

    The delicately flavored mushroom, celery, and bok choy filling is well-suited to the steam-cooking method, which produces tender dumplings known as cheng jiao in Mandarin.

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