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Chicken and Coconut Shumai

  • ACTIVE: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: makes about 40 dumplings

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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  1. 1 pound ground chicken
  2. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  3. 1/4 cup coarsely shredded carrot
  4. 2 Thai chiles, minced
  5. 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  6. 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  7. 2 tablespoons sugar
  8. 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  9. 1 garlic clove, minced
  10. 1 large egg, beaten
  11. 1 small shallot, minced
  12. 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  13. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  14. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  15. 40 wonton wrappers
  16. Green leaf lettuce leaves, for steaming
  17. 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.


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