Have some Dim Sum!

Theme: Dim Sum

For those of you who do not know or are not quite sure what dim sum is, it’s a Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savory dumplings containing various fillings, served as a snack or main course. My first time eat at a dim sum restaurant was a place called Ocean Seafood Restaurant in LA Chinatown. This place is huge! You walk up a spiral staircase to the second floor and arrive at what looks like a banquet hall for a wedding. Complete with chandeliers. I was mildly confused on what I was suppose to do at first. There were people running around with carts full of tasty treats. After about 10 minutes I found someone to explain to me the pricing and concept. It was quite an experience. My friends and I filled our tummies with all different kinds of dumplings. Since then I have been to a couple different places and enjoyed them all. I’ve always thought I should just make them at home and now thanks to this challenge I have a motivating push.

6 oz. shrimp, cooked chopped into 1/4″ pieces
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons crisco
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon garlic salt
15 green asparagus stalks, chopped 1/4″ pieces
20 dumpling wrappers, square-shaped
5 stalks of asparagus
Soy sauce
Pri Pri sauce

1. Combine all the filling ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Lay out a dumpling wrapper. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into the center of the wrapper. Gather the outer edges of the wrapper together and pinch the dumpling in the area just above where the filling sits, then set the dumpling aside. The. Repeat with remaining.

3. With a vegetable peeler, peel very thin ribbons of asparagus. Wrap the ribbons around each dumpling to create a pouch-like look, then place them in a bamboo steamer lined with parchment.

4. Fill a large stockpot half full with water and bring to a full boil. Place bamboo steamer on top of wok or pot, then steam for 8-10 minutes while water is on full boil the entire time.
5. Serve with soy sauce and pri pri sauce.

These we very easy to make an assemble. Took barely anytime and they were delicious. My husband said they were the best he has ever had. Yay, success!!!!




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