Fresh Rice Sheets with Shrimp

  • Serves

    serves 4


This is a popular dish at dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong and at Cantonese restaurants in America. For more on how to use a bamboo steamer—and how to assemble a substitute—see Versatile Vessels.


  • 12 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • White parts of 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 14 cup light soy sauce
  • 12 medium shrimp
  • 2 (6'' x 9'') sha ho fen (fresh rice sheets)


Step 1

Heat vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, then add cilantro leaves and scallions. Fry until fragrant, 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a bowl, stir in soy sauce, and set aside.

Step 2

Pour about 2 cups water into a wok and place a covered bamboo steamer (or substitute) in wok over water. Bring water to a boil over high heat.

Step 3

Meanwhile, shell and devein shrimp, then slice each shrimp in half lengthwise. Unfold sha ho fen (fresh rice sheets) on a clean surface and cut each sheet into 6 squares (each about 3'' x 3''). Place 2 shrimp halves on one side of each square and fold over twice to enclose shrimp. Place 6 shrimp rolls on a plate small enough to fit inside steamer.

Step 4

Place plate in steamer, cover, and steam until shrimp turn opaque, about 5 minutes. Remove plate from steamer, spoon about half of sauce over top, and serve at once. Repeat steaming process with remaining shrimp rolls, spooning remaining sauce over them when done.