Shumai: a cantonese dim sum favorite

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"We"d be hard-pressed to lớn name a culture in the world that doesn"t have something that could be called a dumpling. From filled pastas like Italian tortellini và Polish pierogi, to lớn less obvious types of dumplings, like Mexican tamales & Argentinian empanadas, to unfilled German spaetzle và chicken and dumplings from the U.S...Sinking your teeth into a bundle of flavorful aromatic meat & vegetables wrapped in a soft dough transcends any imagined borders of culture và caste."

- Chef Hugh Amano


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If you follow us on social media, you know that we recently made pork và shrimp shumai using the Let"s Make Dumplings! comic book cookbook. Well, it was so delicious and such a fun cooking experience that we decided we just had to chia sẻ it with the world.

In fact, we even made a không lấy phí kid-friendly recipe with pics for you to enjoy with your own family. It"s perfect for pre-readers và up. It comes with an ingredients list, tools list, and step-by-step instructions with pictures. You can also grab a miễn phí printable recipe for yourself that includes nutrition information & unit conversions. They"re both waiting for you down at the bottom.

What"s Pork & Shrimp Shumai?

Pork and Shrimp Shumai, Siu Mai, 燒賣 consists of pork, shrimp, và in this case mushrooms, green onions, and carrots wrapped in dough to form a delicious basket-shaped dumpling. These are Cantonese dumplings, originating from China.

There are many regional varieties of dumplings to enjoy. On this particular occasion, our kids picked this Asian dumplings recipe to cook because they were attracted khổng lồ the dumpling"s basket-like appearance, which showcases its delicious filling.

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Is Shumai Healthy?

Given the ingredients used in the recipe và the method of preparation, we would consider it a healthy meal choice. You can take a look at the nutrition label và serving information at the bottom of this post to find out if it aligns with your diet preferences.

Are Pork & Shrimp Shumai Cooked?

Yes, they are typically steamed. We used the Instant Pot for this steamed dumpling recipe. We recently added an Instant Pot khổng lồ our kitchen because we lượt thích the versatility & flexibility it offers.

However, if you don"t have an Instant Pot, you can use other electric or stovetop steamers to do the job. A stockpot, dutch oven, or wok along with a stainless steel, silicone, or bamboo steamer basket will work well. You can also purchase stand-alone electric steamers or steamers to use in your microwave, although I wouldn"t recommend the latter for this recipe. There are so many options to lớn choose from.

If you decide lớn use a steamer basket insert at the stove, be mindful of placement while following the recipe. I"ve melted a silicone steamer basket or two in my day & I could see our kids totally doing the same thing. We use a stainless steel steamer basket nowadays.

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9. Showroom Shrimp to lớn the Ground Pork

The shrimp we purchase comes peeled & deveined. However, those are also excellent skills to model and teach kids, depending on their interests và abilities. At this point, kids can chop the shrimp into small pieces or do lượt thích ours & use their fingers khổng lồ break them apart.

Next, you guessed it, more handwashing. Also, be sure to lớn wash any bowls or other tools that come in contact with raw meat, seafood, or eggs.

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FREE Pork and Shrimp Shumai Recipe for Pre-Readers và Up

Don"t forget to lớn grab your free kid-friendly pork and shrimp shumai printable recipe above. It takes this recipe one step further khổng lồ meet kids where they"re at. Children can gather ingredients using the ingredient list and prepare the meal using the step-by-step recipe cards, with assistance as needed. The cards are easy to use, they include pictures, and they encourage confidence & independence in the kitchen.