Masaharu Morimoto’s Pork and Shrimp Shumai

Dumplings so easy you don't even need to fold them. These traditional shumai come from dim sum chef Takeshi Ikeuchi of Morimoto Asia.

Masaharu Morimoto’s Pork and Shrimp Shumai
Dumplings so easy you don't even need to fold them.
Yield: makes 12 Dumplings
Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 12 cleaned and deveined shrimp (about 5 oz.)
  • 5 oz. ground pork
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 14 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. plus 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 14 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 square wonton wrappers
  • 2 tbsp. tobiko (flying fish roe)
  • 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, cover shiitake with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Strain, discarding liquid, and finely chop mushrooms.
  2. In a small food processor, pulse 8 of the shrimp until it forms a paste and transfer to a bowl along with the mushrooms, pork, cornstarch, 1 12 teaspoons of sesame oil, the salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and the pepper. Cut the remaining shrimp into 14-inch pieces and add them to the bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Lay 1 wrapper across the flattened palm of one hand. Put 2 tbsp. filling in center of wrapper. Close fingers around wrapper, gathering up edges, to form a "basket" with loosely pleated sides. Gently squeeze sides, pressing in the pleats to seal them. Gently drop dumpling on a flat surface to flatten the bottom. Work fingers gently around the edges to even out its shape. Use a knife to pat down any filling that protrudes above top of wrapper. Top with 12 teaspoon of tobiko and put in a bamboo steamer. Repeat to make 12 dumplings.
  4. Cover the steamer with lid and put into a wok. Pour water into wok until just high enough to show around edges of the bottom steamer but not high enough to touch the dumplings inside. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Steam dumplings, replenishing water if necessary, until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of sugar with the rice vinegar and soy sauce. Serve with the dumplings.
Masaharu Morimoto’s Pork and Shrimp Shumai
Masaharu Morimoto’s Pork and Shrimp ShumaiMatt Taylor-Gross