Steamed Pork Dumplings

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 1h 40m

Makes about 30

Teahouses became fashionable in the southern provinces during the Song dynasty (AD 960-1279), catering for the leisurely patrons of the arts of the time. Tea-drinking was an art, accompanied by much dainty nibbling of appetizers. The word for appetizer is dim sum, literally meaning "dot the heart." A large teahouse in China could list more than 1,000 dim sum varieties. Sieu mai is one of the original "dot hearts" that was destined to become famous throughout the Western world.


  • For Filling:
  • 1/2 pound fresh ground pork (should be fatty)
  • 3 ounces fresh uncooked (green) shrimp, shelled, deveined, and minced
  • 3 ounces water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bamboo shoots
  • 1 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • For Seasoning:
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 package wonton wrappers (large size), about 32 wrappers per package
  • For Dip:
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil


Mix together all of the filling ingredients in a bowl. Add all of the seasoning ingredients. Chill the filling for at least 30 minutes before wrapping.

Hold a wrapper in the palm of your left hand, and place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Wrap the sides up and around, squeezing the skin close to the filling to make the dumpling. The top of the wrapper should gather naturally into pleats. Gently push the filling down from the top to pack firmly, adding extra filling if needed. The filling should be seen above the wrapper. Flatten the base slightly.

Place dumplings in a lightly oiled steamer basket, and steam for 15-20 minutes. Serve with the soy and sesame dip.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2563

nutrition information per serving

70 calories; 4g total fat; 12mg cholesterol; 474mg sodium; 6g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 3g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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