Also known as xiao jiao, these shrimp dumplings, along with char siu bao, shumai, and sesame balls, are the workhorse of a typical dim sum establishment. These are easy enough to make at home on a Saturday evening to serve on Sunday morning, a popular time for Chinese families to partake in dim sum.
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A simple lazy day soup. I broke the instructions into steps but you can pretty much dump everything into the pot from the beginning once the water starts to boil (except for the veggies, unless you don't mind them getting overcooked). I think next time I may add some konyaku (not the noodle type) and maybe garnish with some sliced pink and white fishcake and chopped green onion. I normally eat this as a one dish meal but it may also be eaten as a side dish. It's been suggested by a friend to forget the pepper and chilli flakes and just toss in some kimchee to flavor :)
This is a super dumbed down version of my very favorite part of a good sushi meal. Wasabi shumai is generally a pork dumpling with garlic and wasabi and it is very wasabi heavy. This recipe is very easy but not for a lack of trying. I tried so many things to make the traditional wasabi shumai but could not come up with anything that ended up as crazy intense as wasabi shumai should be. This recipe was born out of whim that paid off big time. It couldn't be easier. I use premade beef meatballs but you can use your favorite recipe.
Shumai are open-topped dumplings stuffed with ground meat, then steamed. Here, the shumai have a tasty filling of chicken, coconut milk, chile, fish sauce, lime juice and fresh basil, creating an appealing mix of sweet, hot, salty and sour.
I lived for a while in Yokohama when I was in my early teens. Yokohama, Japan is a major harbor in Tokyo area and is known for many Chinese restaurants and various immigrants, especially Chinese. So, it is no wonder shumai became very popular in Yokohama and Yokohama style shumai became famous thoughout Japan. I've had my share of shumai since leaving Yokohama and I am generally not happy with most of the offerings outside of Japan. The problem is the texture. Most shumai filling is too hard - like biting into small hamburger - you can literally bounce filling off the wall hard after steamed. You can use round gyoza wrappers, pot sticker wrappers or square wonton wrappers. I prefer gyoza wrappers because Japanese style wrappers are generally thinner, but if you cannot find it, please use either pot sticker or wonton wrappers. You will need about 35- 40 wrappers. There may be leftover - more below. If you do not have bay or sea scallops, use all shrimp along with ground pork. I like the taste a