How to Make Traditional Dim Sum

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Traditional dim sum takes many forms, but all are delicious. Dim sum can be wrapped in soft pastry, steamed in buns or deep fried. It can be filled with shrimp, pork, beef, mushrooms or vegetables. Dim sum can even be a sweet treat such as pudding or fruit-filled tarts. Read on to learn how to prepare it at home.

Things You'll Need

  • 2½ tsp. sugar
  • 1½ pkg. fast acting dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp. warm water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1¼ cups warm milk
  • 1 lb. diced pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 large scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 lbs. finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 tsp. salt

Traditional Dumpling Dough

  • Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water and put it in a warm place for 15 minutes, until it turns frothy.

  • Sift the flour into a bowl, and slowly pour in the yeast mixture and the warm milk. Continue to mix until a firm, smooth dough forms.

  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 10 minutes.

  • Put the dough in a warm place until it doubles in bulk, at least 1½ to 2 hours. Prepare the filling while the dough is rising.

Traditional Dumpling Filling

Forming the Dim Sum Dumplings

  • Knead the dough for at least 5 minutes, before forming it into a long jelly roll shape about 2 inches in diameter.

  • Slice the roll into round pieces about 1 inch thick, and flatten each piece slightly with the palm of your hand

  • Use a rolling pin to roll each piece into a 4-inch circle.

  • Place 2 tbsp. of filling in the middle of each circle and gather the sides at the top, giving a twist to seal.

  • Allow the dumplings to rest for 30 minutes.

  • Place the dumplings into a steamer, leaving at least an inch between each dumpling.

  • Steam the dumplings for 20 minutes, and serve hot.

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