Dim sums are small dumpling like things which are very popular tea accompaniments in China. They are usually prepared by wrapping chicken, vegetables, pork, beef or shrimp filling in dim sum wrappers. The dim sums are then steamed or fried before serving them with a hot and sweet sauce. Dim sums are served in a special way, usually in a steamer box and with tea. So, if you wish to prepare something different as your tea time snack, then you can definitely try to make these authentic dim sums.
Difficulty level: Easy
Yields per recipe: 20-25
Time required for preparation: 30-40 minutes
Time required for cooking: 8-10 minutes
1 large mixing bowl
1 rolling pin
1 dough cutter
1 lb. of fresh shrimps
1 green onion, finely chopped
Salt, to taste
½ tablespoon of cornstarch
For the dough
2 cups of all-purpose flour
A pinch of salt
3/4th cup of warm water
For the marinade
3/4th tablespoon of sesame oil
A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
3/4th tablespoon of sherry
3/4th tablespoon of white granulated sugar
3/4th teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon + 3/4th tablespoon of cornstarch
For the dipping sauce
1/4th cup of soy sauce
1 tablespoon + 1/4th teaspoon of white granulated sugar
3 teaspoons of sesame oil
1 large clove of garlic, grated
3 tablespoons of rice vinegar
1-2 red chilies, finely chopped
Method of cooking
1. Put the fresh shrimps on your chopping board and then peel off the skins from them. Then using a knife, carefully pull out the black veins to devein the shrimps. Once done, transfer the shrimps to a colander and rinse them one by one. Then put the drained shrimps on your chopping board and set aside 15-20 shrimps for later use.
2. Cut the rest of the shrimps into small pieces, about 1/3rd inch long. Once done, transfer the chopped shrimps and the whole shrimps into a bowl and add the sesame oil, finely chopped green onions, 1 tablespoon plus 3/4th teaspoon of cornstarch, sherry, 3/4th teaspoon of salt, a pinch of freshly ground black pepper and 3/4th tablespoon of sugar.
3. Mix all the added ingredients with the shrimps and then insert the bowl of shrimps into refrigerator to marinade the shrimps for at least 30 minutes. Next, take a bowl and a sieve. Sift the flour into the bowl and then add a pinch of salt to it. Stir to mix the salt with the flour and then moisten the mixture with a little warm water.
4. Try to mix the flour mixture with a little water at a time, so that you get the dough. Once done, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it until it becomes soft and non-sticky. Once done, transfer the dough to the same bowl and keep it covered with a damp cloth until the shrimps are marinated.
5. Now take your dim sum steamer and grease it nicely with some vegetable oil. Once done, dissolve ½ tablespoon of cornstarch in some water to prepare thick slurry. This will be used for sealing the dim sums. Now take out the marinated shrimps from the refrigerator and then keep them in the room temperature for a few minutes.
6. In the meantime, take a medium sized bowl and combine one finely chopped chili, soy sauce and the sesame oil in that. Then take a sauce pan and put the sugar, rice vinegar, grated garlic and the other chopped chili in it. Place the sauce pan on medium heat and cook the sauce for 2 minutes or until it starts emitting aroma of the garlic. Once done, add the garlic and vinegar mixture to the soy sauce and sesame oil mixture and then stir to combine nicely.
7. Next, uncover the dough and cut it into small Ping-Pong ball sized pieces. Then roll out the dough balls into small circles. Next, rub the cornstarch slurry on all sides of the wrappers and then place a teaspoonful of the shrimp mixture and a whole shrimp into the center of one of the wrappers. Place the uncut shrimp upright and then fold one wrapper around the shrimp mixture so that the whole shrimp remains sticking out of the wrapper like a tail.
8. Then take another wrapper and fold that over the other wrapper in a way so that the tail of the uncut shrimp remains sticking out of the entire dim sum. Prepare all the dim sums in the same way and then place them seam-side down on the greased steamer. Put the lid on the steamer and steam the dim sums for 8-10 minutes or until they turn soft. Once done, serve the warm dim sums with the dipping sauce.