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Xiao Long Bao
Dim Sum and Other Snack Foods
|Xiao Long Bao|
2 cups bread or high gluten flour
pinch of salt
2 cups gelled cold beef or chicken stock
1 scallion, minced
½ pound finely chopped pork
1/4 pound shrimp, their shells and veins discarded, then chopped
2 teaspoons cornstarch
small handful of all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon thin soy sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon sesame oil
a few lettuce leaves to line a steamer basket
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
10 cps chicken stock
1. Mix flour, salt, and the gelled stock, then knead this
until elastic, and let it rest for ten minutes.
2. Next, roll it thinly and use a very large cup or glass to
cut out three-inch circles, Stack them sprinkling a little
flour between layers; and let them rest for ten minutes.
3. Gently mix chopped pork, minced shrimp, scallion
pieces, cornstarch, egg, and sesame oil, then take two
teaspoons of this mixture and put it in the center of one
circle. Lightly wet the edge and, fold it over, then make
eighteen pleats to seal the dough, Repeat until all are
sealed and placed on a lettuce-lined steamer basket not
touching another one.
4. Steam this over boiling water for twenty-five minutes,.
Serve two or three in each pre-heated soup bowl, and if
desired, add some hot stock, too.
As the stock will melt and be hot, be careful when
biting into a dumpling as the liquid will be hot.