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I've been feeling pretty good today, so I decided to make dim sum!

These are siu mai, and they're basically steamed, pastry wrapped meatballs. They're usually made from pork, but if you make them yourself you can use something that's halal/kosher. I've even used vegan mock meat before, which came out rather nicely!

The pastry is just wheat flour, water, and a spoon of oil. If gluten is a problem though, har kau dumplings can be made with tapioca/corn starch.

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@ewankeep It's one of my favourite things, both to cook and to eat 馃ア

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@InvaderXan I'm quite fond of steamed dumpling, but I've never made them myself.

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@ewankeep Oh, you should give it a try sometime. They're easier to make than you might think! It's a little time consuming, admittedly, but if you find yourself stuck indoors without much to do, well...

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@InvaderXan yes plz. *bunny nose twitches*

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@GwenfarsGarden One of my all time favourite foods 馃檪

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@InvaderXan These look delicious, you got a go-to recipe?

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@RedFuture I always make it up as I go along TBH. It's very adaptable.

The filling is basically meat and stuff. Sausage meat is cheap and easy. Minced/ground meat is good too (chicken works well if you can find it). Ideally you want something with a bit of oil to keep it moist, but not so much that it's dripping. As for the stuff, I usually add finely chopped ginger, spring onions, or maybe garlic. Sometimes a little chilli paste of some kind. Sometimes tinned crab meat or chopped shrimp.

The wrappers are just wheat flour (more gluten makes them easier to work with), water, and a little oil. Sesame oil tastes best. You want kind of a bubble gum consistency before you roll them out. Not too dry. Kneading the dough helps get the right texture.

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@InvaderXan Thanks, I'll give them a go before the UK collapses!

So tomorrow

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@RedFuture Have fun!

With the food, I mean. Not鈥 oh, you know what I mean.

@InvaderXan

I love dim sums and had plans to go to NYC to that 100 yr old restaurant that serves. Now all plans are ruined馃う

@MMrsHegde Oh, which restaurant is this? I'm afraid I don't know much about New York!

Though if you have some time, it's totally worth trying to make your own dim sum sometime. It's maybe a little time consuming, but easier than you might think!

@InvaderXan

Nom Wah Tea Parlor in China town, in NYC. We go early in the morning for breakfast dim sum.

I know 馃槉 it is time consuming, as I have a friend who makes dim sum at home and I took the lessons when I didn't have a child. She sometimes uses ready-to-use pastry sheets for the cover.

I think now is the time for me to experiment 馃槉 while being stuck at home in isolation.

@MMrsHegde I'm taking this as a recommendation for whenever I find myself in NY, thanks!

And yeah, now seems like a perfect time for kitchen experiments. If you've had actual lessons, that puts you a step ahead of me TBH. I'm just an enthusiastic amateur! Do let me know how you get on, if you'd like 馃檪

@InvaderXan

I took lessons but then didn't continue to make. 馃槕 After that life changed. Everything changed with it. Haha! So I am an amateur too. Sure, I will definitely let you know how it goes. Good to meet you here and hope to get to know more people who are into cooking and share their culinary experiences.馃枛

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