Siu-mai (燒賣)

Siu Mai (燒賣)

siumai

English termsPork, Prawn and Mushroom Dumpling, Steamed Pork and Prawn Dumpling

Often ordered as a pair Har-kau-Siu-mai, they are served in a similar manner to their prawny twin – blisteringly hot and in a bamboo steamer. Siu-mai are probably the best known dim sum in the world and one can find them in just about any oriental supermarket in the frozen food section. Whilst the traditional Cantonese filling is prepared with both pork and prawn with a mellow-yellow wonton wrapper outer covering, many different yet similar varieties of Siu-mai exist. Perched upon it’s apex is usually either a pea or a piece of carrot for decoration. Har-kau and Siu-mai often come as x4 each to a steamer (although some Har-kau may come as a x3 portion) – just something to bear in mind in terms of numbers of mouths.

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