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Cantonese Steamed Dumplings with Pork and Shrimp (Shao-mais)

Updated on October 15, 2012

Cantonese Steamed Dumplings with Pork and Shrimp

Shao-mai with Shrimp
Shao-mai with Shrimp
Ground Pork
Ground Pork
Fresh Shrimp
Fresh Shrimp
Chinese Dried Mushrooms
Chinese Dried Mushrooms
Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame Seed Oil

Cantonese Recipe

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Cantonese Steamed Dumplings with Pork and Shrimp (Shao-mais)


In Hong Kong and throughout southern China you will find numerous teahouses that serve Dim Sum in the morning and sometimes into the early afternoon.


Dim sum consists of a variety of dumplings, small pastries and cakes that are brought around to the tables where diners can select as many as they want. They are usually served on small plates and each diner is charged by the number of empty plates on their table when they are ready to leave.


One of the most popular dim sum items is shao-mais – small steamed dumplings filled with pork, shrimp or other tasty things. This recipe calls for pork, shrimp and Chinese dried mushrooms steamed in wonton skins.


Although you can make the skins at home, most Chinese prefer to buy them frozen. Commercial wonton skins are usually about 3 ½ inches square and thinner than egg roll skins. You can make them somewhat round by cutting off all four corners.


These dumplings need to be steamed before serving. If you have a wok with a set of steaming baskets, this will be very simple for you to do. Since I don’t use a wok and I normally don’t steam food very much, I simply use a large covered kettle with a colander that will fit inside.


The cooking instructions give you more details. If you are using them as hors d’oeuvres, You can make these dumplings in advance and refrigerate them until you are ready to steam them.




Preparation Time:

60 Minutes

Cooking Time:

30 Minutes


About 24


Ingredients for Filling:

8 Oz. of Ground Pork

8 Oz. Fresh Shrimp (clean and cut into peanut sized pieces)

4 Chinese Dried Mushrooms (Soak in hot water, remove the stems and mince.

½ Teaspoon Sugar

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Thin Soy Sauce

1 Tablespoon Dry White Wine

2 Teaspoons Sesame Seed Oil

24 Round Wonton Skins (or cut square ones into circles)


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Allow the wonton skins to thaw out and come to room temperature covered so they won’t dry out.
  2. If the skins are square, cut a small triangle off of each corner to give them the shape of octagons. Re-freeze the corners in a plastic bag and later you can fry them in oil, salt them and serve them as snacks.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients except the skins in a large bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes before use
  4. Working with one skin at a time, hold it in the palm of your hand and place a walnut sized amount of the mixture in the center.
  5. Gently squeeze the skin around the mixture and gather the sides with your other hand to form a series of pleats while leaving the center open. (refer to the pictures to see how each dumpling should look).
  6. Then press down on each dumpling on a flat surface so that it will stand by itself, If you are having difficulty doing this, your wonton skins are either too cold or too dry.
  7. You should prepare all of them in advance and refrigerate them for about 20 minutes before steaming.
  8. If you have a wok with a steamer, steam them for 15 minutes over boiling water.
  9. I don’t steam things very often so I simply place a colander in a large kettle with boiling water in it, insert eight dumplings at a time, cover with a lid and steam them in batches.
  10. You can keep them warm in a covered pan in a 150 F oven until you finish all of the batches. Serve hot with soy-sesame dip.


Soy- Sesame Dip:

Mix ½ cup of Black Soy Sauce with 2 Tablespoons of Sesame Seed Oil and serve in one bowl or small dishes for each person.


How to make Shao Mais


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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh wow what a delicious looking and sounding recipe.

      I bookmark and will definitly try it out.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      lhchan 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe, I like it very much.

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      I love dumplings and this recipe sounds delish! You created a simple process and easy to follow instructions, loved the snack idea with the leftover wonton tips. These will make a great addition to a salad!

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      elle64 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Great hub- I have to try and make dumplings- thanks

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Nice recipe. Good hub, well written. Voted UP :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      My mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

      I love shaomai. Great recipe.

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      great recipe I love dumplings

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      VendettaVixen 5 years ago from Ireland

      Yum! I'm hungry now. Excellent recipe.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago

      who doesn't love dumpling and these look delicious! thanks

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      I love dumplings.Every piece is heaven in your mouth. There are so many food stalls here in the Philippines that sell siomai (that's what we call it here) and some of those are filled with too much extenders and I don't like it. I will always settle for the best siomais in town that are made in Binondo (Chinatown in Manila). Love them. BTW. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I think yours is sooooo yummy! :) Voted up and shared! :)