Dim sum is the Chinese style of serving an array of small plates of savory and sweet foods, that together, make up a delicious meal. These feasts are traditionally enjoyed by groups of family and friends over long brunches, accompanied by piping hot cups of tea. You just can make it by yourself at home. Here we go!
No dim sum experience would be complete without these popular steamed shrimp dumplings. Sweet shrimp are nestled inside translucent wrappers with mild Chinese vegetables, creating a tease for the senses. Coat your fingertips, equipment, and work surface with a thin coating of vegetable oil when working with the thin, stretchy dough to keep it from sticking.
Lo Mai Gai (Sticky Rice Lotus Leaf Wraps)
Opening up a fragrant lotus leaf to discover the filling of sticky rice, meat, and vegetables is a fun adventure at the table. The delicious, aromatic filling includes steamed glutinous rice, marinated chicken breast, seasoned sausages, and soaked dried mushrooms. Each ingredient requires care before being stir-fried together and enclosed in the leaf wrapper, but the result is worth it!
Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)
Whether you serve them steamed or fried, these tasty dumplings filled with ground pork or beef, and Chinese vegetables, are sure to disappear from the table quickly. You can follow the instructions for homemade dough, or make life easier with store-bought wonton wrappers. Don’t overcrowd the pot when boiling the dumplings, to prevent sticking.
Dim Sum Shrimp Toast With Water Chestnuts
Delight your dim sum guests with scrumptious, open-faced fried shrimp and vegetable sandwiches. Use a crusty bread for this recipe, such as country loaf or French baguette, and pre-bake the bread slices as suggested, to prevent them from becoming soggy when deep-fried. Add toasted sesame seeds at the end, for a pretty presentation.
Chinese Fried Shrimp Balls
Nicely seasoned balls of juicy minced shrimp and crunchy water chestnuts are deep-fried in oil until crisp and golden, in this dim sum recipe that also makes a fabulous party appetizer. To make the recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free versions of the soy sauce and cornstarch.
Delight vegetarians at your dim sum table with this recipe for tasty, deep-fried veggie wontons that makes enough to serve a crowd. Wonton wrappers are filled with a mixture of creamy mashed tofu and crunchy Chinese vegetables, deep-fried until golden and crispy. Serve with soy sauce for dipping.
The most popular dim sum dishes include steamed, boiled, and fried dumplings, bite-sized meats, steamed buns, spring rolls, rice and noodle dishes, and creamy desserts. These are served in no particular order, and the fun is in sharing the different dishes and enjoying the variety of tastes.