Sometimes I like to step outside of my comfort zone and make something that is not familiar to me. When eating at a Japanese restaurant there are two things I always order, Shumai and Gyoza, portable little bites of deliciousness with a tasty dipping sauce. Although Shumai is familiar food making it, not so much. The other day there was an email from Food and Wine with a recipe from Andrew Zimmern for Shumai, looking it over it seemed straightforward and simple to make, both of these are requisites when I tackle a food that I have not cooked before. I did not own a bamboo steamer so I had to buy one, no problem. The list of ingredients were very familiar except for the black vinegar for the dipping sauce, instead I used mirin and rice wine vinegar and it was delicious. I also didn’t have Shaoxing wine or dry sherry so instead I used dry white wine and it turned out just fine. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, did not carefully measure, instead I sort of ad libed and eyeballed the ingredients I don’t think it’s an exact science like baking. The Shumai turned out great except for one thing, I forgot to line the steamer with the cabbage, which I had bought but forgot to use. If you don’t line the steamer the shumai stick, most of the bottoms of the little dumplings were stuck and I had to carefully pry them off, there were some casualties but they were still ok. Thank you to Stefan for pointing out that these are actually Chinese, I should have done my homework but since I ordered in Japanese restaurants I assumed and well you know what happens when you assume. Sorry for the mistake.
These little dumplings are portable and delicious and I thought I would bring them with me to Fiesta Friday #131, Angie is back and the co hosts this week are Su @ Su’s Healthy Living and Laura @ Feast Wisely
Food and Wine- Recipe by Andrew Zimmern
Made 22 dumplings
1/4 cup soy sauce (used light- lower sodium soy sauce)
1/4 cup black vinegar (equal parts mirin and rice wine vinegar)
1 tsp Chili garlic sauce
In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients together.
12 oz ground pork (I used less probably closer to 8 oz)
6 oz shrimp minced (used less shrimp as well probably 4 oz)
4 scallions chopped – the white and light green parts only (used 3)
3 tbs minced peeled ginger (used 1 generous tbs)
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 tbs Shaoxing wine or dry sherry (used dry white wine)
3/4 tsp salt (used scant 1/2 tsp)
all purpose flour for dusting (didn’t need it)
round won ton or gyoza skins
napa cabbage leaves for steaming (don’t forget the cabbage like me)
blanched peas to garnish (You could place the pea on the shumai before steaming also)
Mix all the ingredients together, hold a won ton skin in the palm of your hand and place a tbs of the filling in the center. Gently fold the wrapper around the filling, it will stick to the filling. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place about an inch of water in your wok or a skillet, bring to a boil. Line steamer with the cabbage leaves and place the shumai on top of the leaves leaving some space in between each. Steam them until the filling is no longer pink. It took about 15 minutes (Note: the recipe said 8-10 minutes to cook but I erred on the side of caution because there was raw pork). Garnish each with a pea and serve hot with the dipping sauce.