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Authentic Dim Sum

Dim Sum is a traditional Chinese culinary art that involves a wide array of bite-sized dishes, usually served in bamboo steamers or on small plates. This beloved style of cuisine originated in the southern region of China and has since gained popularity worldwide. In this recipe, we will guide you through the preparation of a selection of classic Dim Sum dishes, ensuring an authentic and delightful dining experience. So put on your apron and let's begin!

Authentic Dim Sum
Authentic Dim Sum


1. For the Dim Sum Wrappers:

- 350g all-purpose flour

- 200ml boiling water

- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

- A pinch of salt

2. For the Fillings (choose your favorites!):

- Minced pork

- Shrimp

- Chicken

- Mushrooms

- Water chestnuts

- Chinese cabbage

- Chives

- Bamboo shoots

- Sesame oil

- Soy sauce

- Oyster sauce

- Salt and pepper

3. For Dipping Sauces:

- Soy sauce

- Rice vinegar

- Chili sauce

- Sesame oil

- Fresh ginger

- Garlic

Authentic Dim Sum
Authentic Dim Sum


1. Preparing the Dim Sum Wrappers:

a. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add the boiling water while stirring with chopsticks or a fork until a dough forms.

b. Knead the dough on a clean surface for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

c. After resting, divide the dough into small pieces and roll each piece into a thin round wrapper, approximately 8-10 cm in diameter. Repeat until all the dough is used.

2. Preparing the Fillings:

a. Choose your desired fillings and prepare them separately.

b. For meat fillings, combine the minced meat with finely chopped vegetables, such as mushrooms, water chestnuts, and chives. Season with sesame oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

c. For shrimp fillings, finely chop the shrimp and mix them with minced vegetables, following the same seasoning process as with the meat fillings.

3. Assembling the Dim Sum:

a. Take one wrapper and place a spoonful of filling in its center. Fold the wrapper in half to create a half-moon shape.

b. Pleat the edges of the wrapper, pinching them together to seal the filling. Repeat until all the wrappers and fillings are used.

4. Steaming the Dim Sum:

a. Line a bamboo steamer with parchment paper or cabbage leaves to prevent sticking. Place the assembled Dim Sum inside the steamer, making sure to leave some space between each piece.

b. Steam the Dim Sum over high heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until the wrappers turn translucent and the fillings are cooked through.

5. Preparing the Dipping Sauces:

a. In separate small bowls, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, and sesame oil to taste.

b. Finely grate fresh ginger and mince garlic. Add them to the dipping sauces, adjusting the amount according to your preference.

6. Serving the Dim Sum:

a. Carefully remove the steamer from the heat and transfer the Dim Sum to serving plates or bamboo steamers.

b. Place the dipping sauces alongside the Dim Sum, allowing guests to choose their preferred combination.

Authentic Dim Sum
Authentic Dim Sum

Congratulations! You have successfully prepared a selection of delicious Dim Sum dishes. The art of Dim Sum is not only in its delectable flavors but also in the communal dining experience it offers. Enjoy these bite-sized delights with family and friends, and savor the rich culinary heritage of China.

Hey there! We would love to hear your thoughts on this recipe. Did you give it a try? How did it turn out? Any comments, opinions, or suggestions are more than welcome! Your feedback means a lot to us.


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