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Recipe courtesy of Rosa Ross

Pork Siu Mei Flower Dumplings

These dumplings freeze very well, so making a large batch is well worth the time. With a little practice, they will shape up in no time at all, and they are so easy that children can help. Siu mei do not need to be thawed before reheating, which can be done in a steamer or microwave. A dozen or so make a great lunch.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 75 dumplings
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Ingredients

3 dried Chinese mushrooms

2 slices fresh ginger 

1/4 cup water chestnuts 

1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves 

1 pound ground pork 

1/4 cup cornstarch 

1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce 

1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil 

1/2 teaspoon sugar 

1/8 teaspoon ground pepper 

1 package sui kow pei (thin round yellow dumpling skins)

Vegetable oil, for greasing 

Spicy dipping sauce, for serving 

Directions

Special equipment:
a steamer basket
  1. Bring 1 cup water, the mushrooms and ginger slices to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mushrooms are soft and the water is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Remove the mushrooms and cut off the stems. Reserve the caps. Remove the ginger slices from the liquid and reserve the liquid.
  2. Coarsely chop the mushroom caps, ginger slices, water chestnuts and cilantro in a food processor. Add the ground pork, cornstarch, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, pepper and reserved mushroom liquid. Blend well. Remove to a bowl. Filling may be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated, well covered.
  3. Lay 24 dumpling skins on a clean work surface. Place 1 scant teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Gather the skins up around the filling, but do not enclose the top. Squeeze lightly in the center to form a waist. Pat down the filling to flatten the top. Dumplings should resemble a flower. Repeat in batches of 24.
  4. Grease a flat plate with vegetable oil and place the finished dumplings on the plate to oil the bottoms. Place about 1/3 of the dumplings in each of three steamer baskets, arranging in the baskets in a single layer without touching. Stack the steamer baskets and steam the dumplings until firm, about 10 minutes. Serve with spicy dipping sauce.

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