Thai Steamed Dumplings With Dipping Sauce Recipe
These easy Chinese-style steamed dumplings with Thai flavors are perfect for any occasion, whether you need a party appetizer or a snack.
- Serves: 10 persons
- For the Dumplings
- 1package banana leaves (for lining the steamer)
- ¾to 1 pound ground chicken (or pork or turkey, or leftover roast chicken or turkey)
- 5to 6 shiitake mushrooms (chopped)
- 3cloves garlic (minced)
- 1thumb-size piece galangal (or ginger, grated)
- 3spring onions (sliced)
- 2tablespoons fish sauce (available in tall bottles at Asian food stores)
- 2tablespoons soy sauce
- ½teaspoon white pepper (or substitute 1/4 teaspoon black pepper)
- 1package round dumpling wraps (available frozen at most Asian stores)
- Cornstarch (or flour, for dusting)
- For the Dipping Sauce
- ¼cup soy sauce
- 1teaspoon dark soy sauce
- 1teaspoon sesame oil
- 1tablespoon fish sauce
- 2teaspoon sugar
- 1squeeze of fresh lime juice (or to taste)
- Optional: fresh-cut chilies (or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Prepare a steamer. Line your steamer with a banana leaf if you have it. A banana leaf is perfect for this since it won't stick to the dumplings. Alternatively, place the dumplings on a small greased plate inside the steamer or you can try lightly greasing the steamer basket.
Step 3Place the chicken, mushrooms, garlic, galangal or ginger, spring onions, fish sauce, soy sauce, white pepper, and egg in a food processor and blitz to create the filling, or simply stir those ingredients together in a mixing bowl until well blended.
Step 4Folding 6 to 8 dumplings at a time, lay out 6 to 8 dumpling wrappers on a clean work surface. You will also need a small dish of water.
Step 5Spoon a little of the filling in the middle of each wrapper, then dip your fingers in the water and run them around the outside of the wrapper to moisten it.
Step 6Bring the sides of the wrapper up over the filling and press together to seal. If it doesn't seal, moisten the edges with a little more water. Pinch along the seal to create a decorative edge. Gently push down on the top of the dumpling to make it "sit."
Step 7Set the finished dumplings on a plate dusted with a little cornstarch or flour. Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers.
Step 8Steam the dumplings or cover and refrigerate up to 3 hours. When ready to cook, have the water boiling in the steamer. Place the dumplings in the steamer and steam covered over medium heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Step 9While dumplings are steaming, stir the dipping sauce ingredients together. Do a taste test, adding more lime juice if too salty for your taste or more sugar if you'd prefer it sweeter.
Step 10When dumplings are cooked, remove from the steamer and either serve immediately or fry them, as described in the variation below. Serve with the dipping sauce on the side and enjoy!