I guess I am pretty lucky because I live fairly close to a Chinese community where I can enjoy dim sum quite often. No matter what we order during the meal there is always room on the table for some Chinese shumai, those small steamed pork and shrimp dumplings. You don’t, however, have to go out to a restaurant to enjoy shumai because they are one of the easiest Chinese meat dumplings to make at home. They are normally prepared in a bamboo steamer but they are even more delicious when prepared on a steam grill.
If you want to make shumai from scratch there are many recipes on the Internet. If you live near a Chinese food store, however, there are also many excellent brands of frozen shumai available in these stores. Simply arrange the shumai on cabbage or lettuce in the steam grill, add some water and steam on low-medium heat for 7 minutes. You will love the taste. From preparing shumai to steaming and grilling meat, fish and vegetables there are so many things you can do with a steam grill. To learn more about cooking on a steam grill go to www.zodiacals.com and click on the Asian Steam Grill collection.
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