Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Fresh Steamed Oyster Mushroom Dim Sum

It is one of the best-tasting Chinese food that you should encounter..while dim sum literally means touch the heart. It was originally not a main meal, only a snack traditionally served with chinese tea.

Recently I dined at the chinese restaurant Cascade and had some lovely dim sum however it was expensive to order again and that challenged me to try it at home. I innovated the filling with some oyster mushrooms and was surprisingly easy to make.So you can all eat at your hearts content.

Ingredients for wrap

  • 1 cup maida/all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • water to mix
Mix the maida and salt and then water slowly and mix and knead it with your hands to make it a firm stiff dough.Let is sit for half hour. In the meantime prepare the stuffing

Ingredients for stuffing
  • 2 cup chopped oyster mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp oregano(optional)
  • a pinch of ajinomoto ( optional )
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

Heat oil in a non-stick pan ,add garlic and onion and fry till it become translucent then add bell pepper,cabbage and mushrooms and fry for 5 min or till all the water of mushroom evaporate,cook them in high flame quickly as it will ensure that the water evaporate and veggies are still crunchy.

Add the oregano,soya sauce,salt, pepper and ajinomoto and stir quickly and switch it off  and let it cool. 

Divide the dough into small lemon size ball and with a sprinkle of flour , roll them with a rolling pin to approximately 3 inch diameter and as thin as possible and cut with 3 inch diameter cookie cutter to get good round shape.

Now you are ready for assembly

Take one tbsp of filling and put in the middle and close to bring the two edges close to each other . 

Close one corner and then make a small fold on one edge and press move towards the other edge and seal. Continue making these small folds on one side and press to seal with the other edge.Your dim sum wrap with the filling is ready.

Grease a large plate with some oil and place all the dim sums on it and cover with damp cloth , then steam them in a pressure cooker or steamer for 5-6 minutes and the dim sums will have a shiny silvery glow. Immediately shift to a hot pack.

Serve these warm dim sum with sweet chilli sauce to get the authentic experience 

1.If you cannot find oyster mushrooms you can replace with button mushrooms

2.You can experiment with other types of filling however I found this combination with oyster mushrooms very flavorful

3.Do not overstream the dimsums more than 5-6 minutes else they will be soggy.The cloth that covers the dim sum ensures the dimsum do not become soggy.

4.While making the dough make sure it is not too soft nor too stiff.

5.Make the wrap as thin as possible to enjoy the dim sum.


www.jiboombaa.com said...

Dim sum looks delicious and feels like to grab one....

kitchen queen said...

delicious recipe with awesome clicks.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this recipe. how do i ensure that whie\le steaming in pressure cooker, the condensed water on lid does not drip into the dim sums and make them soggy?

Satya said...


thank you for asking this actually I forgot to mention that you should cover the dim sums with a damp cloth. This is a traditional to steam in pressure cooker, if you have a steamer then you dont have to worry.

WeR SAHM said...

dim sum looks too good and every time when i pass this chinese food court will have a look at this dim sum and pau.... never tried or taste it being a strict vegetarian ....

Kalpana Sareesh said...

perfectly made.. looks yumm

♥Aps♥ said...

I made them as soon as i saw it last nyt.... we finished it off within one go so couldnt click... for sure i will click it again and post :) We totally loved it... A request my my hubby to me is that i must make this atleast once or sometimes twice in a month!(i omitted ajinomoto yet it tasted Super!)

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Perfect and real tasty one... Love ur clicks...

PT said...

looks awesome dear..

divya said...

wow...lovely n delicious

Priya said...

Wat a prefect starter, definitely a crowd pleaser.


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