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Chicken and Coconut Shumai

Shumai are open-topped dumplings stuffed with ground meat, then steamed. Here, the shumai have a tasty filling of chicken, coconut milk, chile, fish sauce, lime juice and fresh basil, creating an appealing mix of sweet, hot, salty and sour.

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  • Servings: makes about 40 dumplings

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  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coarsely shredded carrot
  • 2 Thai chiles, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 40 wonton wrappers
  • Green leaf lettuce leaves, for steaming
  • Sriracha chili sauce, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken with the coconut milk, carrot, chiles, basil, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, egg, shallot, ginger, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix thoroughly.
  2. Hold a wonton wrapper in the palm of your hand; keep the rest covered with plastic wrap. Place a rounded tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper and pinch the edges all around to form a cup that is open about 1 inch at the top. Keep the shumai covered with plastic wrap. Repeat with the remaining wonton wrappers and filling.
  3. Fill a wok or a very large skillet with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Line a double-tiered bamboo steamer with lettuce leaves and arrange the shumai in the steamer without crowding. Cover and steam over moderate heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Repeat with the remaining shumai. Serve right away, passing the chili sauce at the table.
Contributed By Published April 2005

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