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Steamed Shumai (干蒸燒賣)

Steamed Shumai (干蒸燒賣)

干蒸燒賣, or Steamed Shumai (also known as Siu Mai), is a classic dim sum dish. These are delicious open-topped dumplings filled typically with a mixture of pork, shrimp, and mushrooms, and are a favorite at yum cha sessions. Making them at home can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here’s a recipe to help you create these delightful bites.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Filling:

  • 300 g ground pork
  • 100 g shrimp finely chopped
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 24 wonton wrappers round
  • 24 peas or diced carrot pieces for garnish
  • Oil for greasing the steamer


Prepare the Filling:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground pork, chopped shrimp, and shiitake mushrooms.
  • Add soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, cornstarch, green onions, salt, and white pepper. Mix well until the mixture is homogenous.

Assemble the Shumai:

  • Take a wonton wrapper and place about a tablespoon of filling in the center.
  • Gently fold the sides of the wrapper up around the filling, creating a cup shape. The top of the filling should remain exposed.
  • Tap the bottom of the shumai on a flat surface so that it stands up straight.
  • Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.


  • Place a pea or a piece of diced carrot on top of each shumai for garnish.

Prepare the Steamer:

  • Grease a steamer basket with a little oil to prevent sticking.
  • Arrange the shumai in the steamer, ensuring they are not touching as they will expand slightly when cooked.

Steam the Shumai:

  • Fill a wok or a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  • Place the steamer basket over the boiling water and cover.
  • Steam for about 15-20 minutes, or until the filling is cooked through.


  • Serve the shumai hot, with soy sauce or your preferred dipping sauce.

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