Dim Sum and then some…

20 May

Asia or Bust part 2

On the menu today: Pork Dumplings and Ginger – Curry Sweet Potato Fries.

My new  bamboo steamer cooked the dumplings perfectly. I researched how to get the best results when making dumplings, and the one consistent piece of advice I found, was that I should line the steamer with something. This “something” could be any number of things from damp tea towels to banana leaves. I decided to use parchment.

I found a website that sells steamer liners, and basically all they are is parchment circles with a lot of little holes to allow steam through.  Using a wooden skewer, I was able to achieve proper “air flow”. The liners worked really well, and made cleaning the steamer so simple. I highly recommend using them.

What a great way to end our “tour” of Asia!

 Pork Dumplings


14 ounces ground pork
2 scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon dry sherry or orange juice – a great sherry substitute
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 egg white, lightly beaten
4  teaspoons cornstarch
24 wonton skins


     Place the ground pork, scallions, soy sauce, sherry or juice, sesame oil, sugar and beaten egg white in a large mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Stir in the cornstarch, mixing until thoroughly incorporated with the other ingredients.

Spread out the wonton skins on work surface. Place a spoonful of pork mixture in the center of each wonton skin and lightly brush edges with water.

Bring sides of skins together in the center of the filling, pinching firmly together (it’ll look like a little purse).

Line  steamer with parchment and arrange wontons inside.

Cover and steam for 5-7 minutes, until dim sum are cooked through.
Serve immediately.

Dipping Sauce

Makes about 1 cup

2 tablespoons Spicy Sambal 

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

In a small bowl combine the sambal, vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix until well combined.

Ginger – Curry Sweet Potato Fries


2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and unpeeled

1/3 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon garam masala

2 teaspoons ginger powder

2 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced

Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Trim 1/4 inch from the ends of each potato, then shave the sides to make rough rectangular shapes. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 – inch-wide slices. Stack the slices and cut into 1/2 -inch – wide fries.

In a large bowl, combine the oils, masala, ginger and scallions. Add the potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and toss well.

Place heavy sheet pan in the oven and heat to 400 degrees. Remove pan, dump fries onto it, and using a spatula, seperate the potatoes. (The potatoes should sizzle when they touch the pan, if they don’t, remove them from the pan, return it to the oven, and continue to heat it for a few minutes. Then return potatoes to pan)

Bake the potatoes until golden brown, 10 -15 mins. Checking periodically to make sure the potatoes are not browning to quickly.

Turn the potatoes and cook an additional 10-15 mins. until crisp outside, soft inside.

And here you have the 4 – year – olds version of an Asian dinner :


Posted by on pmpFri, 20 May 2011 21:21:40 +000021Friday 4 , 2011 in Culinary trek around the globe, Recipes


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6 responses to “Dim Sum and then some…

  1. thefooddoctor

    pmpSat, 21 May 2011 12:46:08 +000046Saturday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    I really like how much love and attention to details you give every dish you make 🙂

    • metrocakegirl

      pmpMon, 23 May 2011 13:59:47 +000059Monday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      Thank you Sawsan. As do you 🙂

  2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

    pmpSat, 21 May 2011 20:57:42 +000057Saturday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    Really cool take on sweet potato fries. Your dumplings are amazing too. Great recipe and execution, err, I just said that. But it’s true!

    • metrocakegirl

      pmpMon, 23 May 2011 14:01:12 +000001Monday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      Thanks Rufus! I was watching chopped when I read your comment, and heard the word execution at the same time I read the same word. 🙂 what are the odds…

  3. Jackie Paulson Author

    pmpSun, 29 May 2011 12:43:13 +000043Sunday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    I love Ice tea and lemonade. This is a blog I like.. Great photos too… Have a great memorial day.

    • metrocakegirl

      pmpSun, 29 May 2011 12:48:26 +000048Sunday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      Thank you. And thank you for subscribing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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