Classic Yum Cha Siu Mai

Pork and prawn siu mai (or shumai) dumplings are a classic part of a yum cha or dim sum menu, and for good reason… they’re delicious! The great thing about them as well is that they don’t require any fancy folding technique, so they come together fairly quickly. Make sure you vigorously mix the filling to get the characteristic ‘bouncy’ texture’, plus keep some of the prawns roughly chopped so you get little pops of texture throughout.

In collaboration with Panasonic.

10 minutes
30 minutes
Makes about 25

250g (9 oz) peeled and deveined prawns, tails removed

150g (5 oz) pork mince

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

1 tsp soy sauce

¼ tsp ground white pepper

1 tsp sesame oil

½ tsp sugar

1 tsp sea salt

1 egg

1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)

2 tbsp finely sliced spring onions (scallions)

25 wonton wrappers

2 tbsp very finely diced carrots


Dumpling dipping sauce:

4 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp white vinegar

½ tsp dark soy sauce

¼ tsp sugar

  • Step 1

    Take three-quarters of your prawns and use a sharp knife to finely mince them (alternatively, you could pulse them in a food processor to form a rough paste). Roughly chop the remaining prawns.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, place the prawns, pork, garlic, soy sauce, white pepper, sesame oil, sugar, salt, egg, corn flour and spring onion. Mix vigorously until well combined and the mixture is firm-ish and sticky.

  • Step 3

    If your wonton wrappers are square, use an 8cm (just over 3”) pastry cutter to cut them into rounds. Place a wrapper in the palm of your hand. Add 2 tsp of the filling to the centre then squeeze and ‘squish’ the wrapper around the filling. Pat down the filling on the top. Place a few squares of carrot in the centre of the filling at the top. Place onto a tray lined with baking paper. Repeat until the filling and wrappers are used up.

  • Step 4

    Place the dumplings (in batches) into a steamer basket and steam either in Panasonic 10-cup Rice & Multi Cooker SR-CN188WST for or over a pot of boiling water for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.

  • Step 5

    For the dumpling dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

  • Step 6

    Serve the siu mai with the dipping sauce.

  • Notes

    – This recipe was made in the Panasonic 10-cup Rice & Multi Cooker SR-CN188WST

    – To learn more about the Panasonic Kitchen range, click here.

    – Once you’ve filled the siu mai dumplings, you can place these on a tray, cover with cling film and freeze them until you’re ready to cook.

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What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
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Super easy, delicious and authentic

January 16, 2024

My first time making dumplings and this recipe was so easy to follow and the dumplings themselves held together beautifully , had a great texture and tasted delicious.

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Excellent !

June 14, 2023

Beautiful, whether it was the dish or the sauce, everything was delicious.

The textures are perfect, the flavors balanced, a delight.

I rediscovered the taste of siu mai tasted in Malaysia. An authentic culinary journey, to do, to redo.

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