STREAMING NOW: Nigella: At My Table

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“These delectable little dumplings are steamed. You may want to make a dipping sauce to accompany them. If your steamer cannot hold all the shao mai, cook them in two batches.From a March 1989 issue of Bon Appetit , featured as part of a "Let's Do Dim Sum" menu.”
24 dumplings

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients except won ton wrappers in large bowl; let stand 20 minutes to blend flavors.
  2. Place 2 teaspoons filling in center of each won ton wrapper.
  3. Pull edges up around filling, pleating slightly and pressing in below top of filling to form purse shapes.
  4. Tap lightly on work surface to flatten bottoms.
  5. (Can be prepared 2 weeks ahead. Freeze on baking sheet until firm. Transfer to plastic bags and freeze.Thaw before steaming.).
  6. Lightly oil vegetable steamer.
  7. Add 2 inches water to saucepan and bring to boil.
  8. Arrange shao mai in steamer, spacing slightly.
  9. Place steamer on saucepan; cover and steam until filling is firm, about 15 minutes.
  10. (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Resteam until warmed through, about 4 minutes.
  11. Serve hot.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a