Compare a map of China to any other country in the world to understand how a filling dish like Shumai (or Shu Mai 燒賣) has earned several different names. It basically comes down to which part of the world they’re prepared and served.
Shumai or (Shu Mai) 燒賣 is synonymous with Dim sum, mention steamed dumplings to give others an idea of what’s for dinner and you’ll bring up memories of lamb shumai from Mongolia or Cantonese dumplings filled with shrimp (Shrimp Shumai). Some recipes use a thin outer layer of unleavened, round dough for each dumpling.
This is one of my favorite styles because of the decorative pleat border that leaves the shumai filling partially in view after steaming.
Creating shumai wrapping is much easier than potsticker wraps. Simply leave a bit of space at the top of the dumpling and press the top to get the pleats. Be sure to leave an open space for perfect steaming!
If you prefer to skip the pleats, add filling and press it so it leaves an open spot for the steam to vent.
There are more reasons to add a favorite shumai recipe to your file of cooking favorites. Chinese food is a popular dish and these small dumplings are perfect as an appetizer or snack. Not only are they simple to prepare, they:
Look and taste delicious.
Have fillings that can be changed to fit the occasion.
Can be stuffed to the brim to make them more filling.
You can use a food processor to make the filling when pressed for time, However, I enjoy hand-chopping the filling ingredients. It’s a great way to get a variety of textures and size.
Shrimp, mushrooms, and veggies like carrots and green onion make a flavorful filling.
Prepare the mix the day before, cover it, and place it in the refrigerator to give the flavors time to blend. Wrap the shumai just before they are steamed since the wrappers absorb moisture from the filling. You don’t want them to get mushy.
My favorite part of making these delicious dumplings is that they freeze well. Do you have a dinner party or other special event in store?
Wrap the Shumai 燒賣 and freeze them until they are ready to cook. There’s no need for them to thaw. Just steam and serve. They’ll taste fresh and savory.
What a delicious way to be prepared for a special event!
How to Wrap Shumai (Chinese Style):
These open-faced dumplings or Shumai 燒賣 are juicy and flavorful. Filled with ground pork, shrimps, and mushrooms, they are often served at dim sum and can be easily made at home. * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The Fork Bite
Pork and Shrimp ShuMai
Amount Per Serving Calories 60.54 kcal % Daily Value* Total Fat 3.99 g 6.1% Saturated Fat 1.36 g 6.8% Trans Fat 0.0 g Cholesterol 33.72 mg 11.2% Sodium 75.57 mg 3.1% Total Carbohydrate 1.38 g 0.5% Dietary Fiber 0.27 g 1.1% Sugars 0.19 g Protein 4.61 g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron
These open-faced dumplings or Shumai 燒賣 are juicy and flavorful. Filled with ground pork, shrimps, and mushrooms, they are often served at dim sum and can be easily made at home.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Fork Bite