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Steamed Pork Baskets

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Far East Cafe
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours 35 Minutes
  Makes about 48 dumplings
These tasty dumplings are among the most popular and quickest selling of all Chinese appetizers, a fact that has earned them the name siu mai, or "cook-and-sell" dumplings. Except for their round shape, the thin dough sheets used for making them are identical to square wonton wrappers, which may be substituted.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Filling:
4 dried chinese black mushrooms, soaked in warm water to cover for 30 minutes
1 pound coarsely chopped pork butt
3/4 pound  shrimp, peeled, deveined, patted dry and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped bamboo shoots
1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Pinch of ground white pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

1/2 pound siu mai wrappers or wonton wrappers (about 48 wrappers)
vegetable oil
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DIRECTIONS
FOR FILLING: Remove the mushrooms from the water and squeeze dry. Cut off the stems and discard. Finely chop the caps and place in a bowl. Add the pork, shrimp, bamboo shoots, soy sauce, chicken stock, cornstarch, salt, sugar, white pepper and sesame oil. Stir to mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or as long as overnight.


TO ASSEMBLE: Place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the middle of a wrapper. (If using wonton wrappers, trim the corners with scissors to make rounds.) Bring the edges of the wrapper up and around the filling. With your index finger and thumb, pinch tiny pleats around the sides to form a straight-sided fluted basket. Tap down the filling to firm it up and leave the top open-faced. Wrap your index finger around the midsection to give the basket a waist, then tap the bottom of the dumpling against the countertop so that it flattens slightly and can stand on its own. Set on a baking sheet, cover with a sheet of waxed paper and continue making the dumplings with the remaining wrappers and filling.


Bring a wok half full of water to a boil. Grease the bottom of a bamboo steaming basket or a heatproof plate with vegetable oil. Arrange the dumplings in the basket or on the plate, keeping them separate. Set the steaming basket in the wok or the plate on a rack in the wok; cover and steam over (not touching) the boiling water for 15 minutes.


Remove the basket or plate from the steamer and serve the dumplings hot or at room temperature. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat by steaming for 5 minutes or place in a microwave for 1 minute on high power.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes about 48 dumplings
Calories: 39
Fat. Total: 1g
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 3g
Sodium: 123mg
% Cal. from Fat: 23%
Cholesterol: 17mg
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