Dim Sum Craving led to Pork Sui Mai!!!

 

 

So I love going out to eat dim sum.  It’s a lot of small one or two bite items and it’s a perfect opportunity to try new foods! 

A few days ago I was craving some dim sum especially my favourite… Pork Sui Mai… Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a good dim sum restaurant since I moved so I decided to make my own! 

I decided to take what I knew from eating Sui Mai in the past, which was basically a pork and shrimp paste packed into a wonton noodle and steam.  I decided to raid my pantry to see what other asian flavours I had and dug out some ginger, green onion, water chest nuts, sesame oil, and soya sauce and went to town.

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Started by throwing my ground pork into the bowl…. It was a weird colour, I really don’t recommend buying the tube of ground pork, try to get fresh! But this is what I had in the freezer so there was no turning back! 

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Then I took my raw shrimp and cut it down into a chunky paste, again this looked gross but there was nothing I could do about that! 

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Threw that into the bowl with the pork 

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When I opened the can of water chestnuts I realized they were going to be to big to just throw into the mix and go to town, so seeing as I already had my chopper out I threw them in along with the garlic! 

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Chopped those down, but I still wanted some texture in the sui mai filling so I left it kinda chunky 

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Threw that into the bowl with the pork mush and the shrimp paste! 

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Grated some ginger! I love ginger so I added a little bit more then someone who doesn’t like it as much would add! 

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Then I threw in the rest of my ingredients, along with finely sliced green onion 

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To bind it all together I threw in a little corn starch! 

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Mixed into a nasty, yet amazing smelling paste!

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And got ready to wrap! 

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Place a tablespoon full of mix unto the centre of a wonton wrapper then moisten the edges with water 

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And bring the edges up to form almost a cup 

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And steam until firm 

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Serve with some soy sauce and enjoy! 

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Now I will be honest, these tasted AMAZING, yet I am really picky when it comes to texture, and I must admit the texture of these kind of turned me off.  When I make them again I am going to used a different grind of pork, so that its not so pasty…

Will I make these again? Yes, but I will be doing them different so that the insides aren’t so mushy!

 

Let me know what you think if you try this recipe!

Stuffed mushrooms!

 

Earlier this summer for some reason we had a stock pile of mushrooms just taking up room in the fridge. I wasn’t in the mood for fried mushrooms, or a mushroom and cheese omelette, or really anything that I would typically do with mushrooms. I wanted something quick and easy so I opened the fridge and saw some mayo, half an onion, some garlic, bread crumbs, cheese, and some greek yogurt.  So I pulled all this out and decided I was going to make stuffed mushrooms!!! Everyone loved them so they have become a staple in my cooking arsenal!

As per usual I pulled out all my ingredients so I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to dig out things I need as I’m making them.

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I start by popping the stems out of the mushrooms and putting them aside for later. 

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Instead of washing or wiping the tops of the mushrooms I just peel the outer skin off, I find this makes a nicer final result. 

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I busted out my handy dandy mini food chopper… 

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And chopped those mushrooms FINE….. I’m stuffing them in a little hole, so I want to get the most flavour for such a small bite… (I’ll let you read your own innuendo’s into that last sentence)  

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 Next I finally diced the onion and garlic,

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Again chopped them FINE! 

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Grated some cheddar and parm

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Threw in some low fat may and greek yogurt… I swear since I discovered greek yogurt a few months ago I feel like that old lady on the hot sauce commercial… I put that shit in everything! It’s great for you, and has lots of protein!) 

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Then to help bind it all together I throw in some bread crumbs and salt and pepper, (feel free to use whatever you like to season, this is cooking not rocking science!) 

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And mix! 

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Now I made these to go with the sticky chicken I made and had a little bit of the sauce left over…. So I figured why not, and added in the last of the sauce into the mushroom mixture, hell it couldn’t taste bad could it? 

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And again I mixed! 

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Busted out the handy dandy portion scoop, I really could have used a teaspoon but I like when I can use my gadgets!  

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Now here is where some people may get all up in arms…. “Why didn’t you clean out the gills of the mushrooms???? OMG that’s so gross!!!” Well guess what when you order fried mushrooms on your steaks in a resturant, they don’t clean out the gills…, in fact the only time I clean out the gills in my mushrooms is when I’m working with large portobello mushrooms. 

That being said…. I stuffed those mushrooms with the amazing filling!

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Here they are ready for the oven… 

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And baked until brown on top and some liquid has oozed out and browned underneath the mushroom caps! 

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And served!!! 

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This has become my new favourite vegetable side dish to go with any meal! If you try these out let me know and leave a comment below.

 

There is no recipe for these just use whatever you think would taste good!