In Australia, there is a Chinese-inspired dumpling-style snack food called ‘Dim Sim’. It looks like a very large ‘Shumai’ dumpling. I have tried it. It is not very yummy and I really don’t know what is in it. Why don’t you make it yourself with lots of vegetables?
Shumai skins are hard to find. I use Wonton Skins or Gyoza Skins (Wrappers) because they are easy to find. Wonton Skins are thinner and just fine for these Dim Sims, I think.
Wonton Skins OR Gyoza Skins 20
Pork Mince 250g
Ginger 1 small piece *grated
Onion 1/4 *finely chopped
Cabbage Leaves 1 to 2 *finely chopped
Shiitake 2 to 3 *finely chopped
Cooked Bamboo Shoots 50g *finely chopped
Potato Starch Flour 1 tablespoon
Sesame Oil 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/4 teaspoon
Sugar 1/2 teaspoon
Soy Sauce 1 teaspoon *OR Oyster Sauce 1 teaspoon
White Pepper *as required
Extra Cabbage Leaves 1 to 2 for steaming
- Combine Pork Mince and finely chopped vegetables, add seasonings and mix them very well until it gets pasty texture.
- Place 1 heaped tablespoonful of the filling onto a Gyoza/Wonton Skin (Wrapper). Fold up edges. Cup dumpling in your hand and form pleats. Tap the bottom of dumpling on work surface to flatten. Repeat with remaining Gyoza/Wonton Skins and filling.
- Line a steamer basket with Cabbage Leaves and place the dumplings on the leaves.
- Pour water into a steamer pan or saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Place steamer basket on top and steam the dumplings, probably in 2 batches, for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked.
- Serve with soy sauce & mustard or your favourite dipping sauce.
I’m going to try this out. Actually, the term is Dim Sum which are all those little snacks. in fact, in US and Canadian Chinese restaurants, it is a custom to go with family/friends to eat “Dim Sum” on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. In the restaurant we are presented with varied appetizers, hence the name dim sum.
Thank you for the info, Rangdrol. Japanese and Chinese dumplings are not hard to make once you know how, and if you can get wrappers. Well, some people make wrappers from scratch, but I purchase from Asian grocery stores if they sell them. However, I make wrappers when I make Prawn Dumplings. https://www.hirokoliston.com/steamed-prawn-dumplings/