Simple 3 Ingredient Dish - Juicy and Nutritious Shumai

Simple 3 Ingredient Dish - Juicy and Nutritious Shumai

This has 3 main ingredients. It's a simple recipe with ground meat, onion, and shumai wrappers. It's simmered in juices from the meat. A real gourmet taste! I learned it from my uncle who's a chef.

Ingredients: 4 to 5 servings

Ground meat (chicken or pork)
500 g
1 (medium size)
Shao mai dumpling (or gyoza pot sticker) wrappers
60 wrappers
* Sake
2 tablespoons
* Sugar
1 tablespoon
* Soy sauce
1 and 1/2 tablespoon
* Miso (the secret ingredient)
1 and 1/2 tablespoon
* Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon
* Sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon
* Egg
* Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon
* Katakuriko
1 tablespoon


1. Slice the shumai wrappers into thin shreds and scatter them in a bowl. You can also use gyoza pot sticker wrappers. Gyoza wrappers have a glutenous texture (see the main photo). Shumai wrappers are translucent.
2. Mince the onion.
3. Add all the ingredients.
4. Thoroughly blend together after Step 3.
5. Put the water in a frying pan and prepare a multi-purpose steamer. If unavailable, substitute with a plate.
6. Scoop up the filling from Step 4 and drop on shredded shumai wrappers. Wrap in the strips. Form into the size of daifuku rice dumplings; it's easy to make and gives a nice, filling bite.
7. Arrange the shumai on parchment paper.
8. Bring the water to a boil in a frying pan and lay the parchment paper and shumai on top of the steamer. They take 12 to 15 minutes to steam.
9. The juices from the meat will start to boil. Remove from the parchment paper with a spatula and place gently on a serving dish.
10. Dip in Japanese mustard, soy sauce, ponzu, or other dipping sauce of your choice, and bon appetit!
11. Photo updated on January 16, 2013.
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Story Behind this Recipe

My uncle, who is a chef, makes these delicious shumai. They're plump and filling, like daifuku rice cakes. I've been experimenting with the recipe since learning how to make them. I recreated a version that can be made with simple ingredients on hand. It's also tasty with shrimp, shiitake, and yamaimo (yam potatoes). They're great snacks for kids or toddlers who are weaning.