Shumai is a type of traditional Chinese dumpling, originating from Huhhot. In Cantonese cuisine, it is usually served as a dim sum snack and it is the most well-known variety in the West for yumcha.
Its standard filling consisting primarily of minced pork, small whole or chopped shrimp, chinese mushroom, scallion and ginger with seasonings of Chinese ricewine, soy sauce, sesame oil and chicken stock. Bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and pepper can also be added. The outer covering is made of a thin sheet of lye water dough, which is either yellow or white. The center is usually garnished with an orange dot, made of crab roe or diced carrot, although a green dot made with a pea may be used.
Learn all about Chinese traditional food (their names, why and how they are being enjoyed) in this set of 3 felt shumai and 1 felt stackable container. Make it extra fun by learning to pick them up with chopsticks!
We recommend pairing this dim sum set with our food related books:
- I want to eat a fragrant breakfast
- Little baby steps series
- Chinese culture series
- Chinese festival series