Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shrimp Dumplings

The girls did such a great job of making these dumplings with me.  As we prepared them together, we talked about how healthy it is to steam food because it requires no oil, and the technique also preserves the flavor of the food.  I love dim sum.  Each time I go to Chi's they know I want a dim sum menu.  In 2007 I experienced my first dim sum lunch in NYC's Chinatown.  Servers come to your table with a cart filled with little round metal containers, lift the lids for you, and you can pick what you like.  I was really glad when Chi's started to offer the same service on Sundays.
I bought my first bamboo steamer.  Then cut out some parchment paper to fit the bottom .  Then it was time to make the filling:
  • 1 pound of peeled, deveined shrimp, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Handful of spinach, rolled up, then cut into thin slivers
  • 1 can of water chestnuts, diced
  • pepper
  • Dash of sesame oil
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • Fresh grated ginger
Sasha was so excited to get to dice the water chestnuts with a butter knife.  This was the first time the girls have had the chance to taste water chesnuts.  I wanted them to try them because my foodie friend Lyndae was talking about how much she loved them, and they're high in fiber and potassium.  So I had to get some.  Gianna couldn't stop eating them! 
Once you have all the items prepped, mix them together, then lay out your dumpling wrappers.
Place a small amount of the filling into the center of each wrapper, then brush the edges with water to help seal the dumplings.
Here are 2 ways that you can fold them:

The girls are just 8 and 5.  We'll work on making the dumplings pretty later on!
I used a large pan with deep sides, added 2 cups of water, brought it up to a boil, then placed the 2 - layered steamer baskets in with the lid on.  I steamed them at high heat for about 10 minutes.
We dipped the dumplings in delicious dumpling sauce that we picked up over at K Oriental in the Rock Creek Shopping Center close to Kids Furniture.
The girls said they had SO MUCH fun making these!!