Easy Japanese Food & Recipes using store cupboard ingredients

Miso Flavoured Pork Dumplings

Shu Mai is traditional Chinese steamed dumplings which is popular in Japan as well. You can find them in Dim sum menus. They need a special wrapper, however, I’ll show you how to make them without the wrappers. You should be able to find most of the ingredients easily.

Here, I use Miso paste, a Japanese seasoning made from soybeans, which goes really well with pork.

They are actually very easy to make and delicious even when they become cold. Great for a lunch box. Why not serve them with cocktail sticks at your party? Please have a look at the video at the end of this post which shows you step-by-step cooking method of this recipe.

Ingredients for 8 to 10 dumplings
200g Minced Pork
50g Spring Onions/Salad Onions (chopped)
Potato Starch
2-3 leaves of Chinese lettuce/Cabbage

For seasoning
1 ½ tbs Miso Paste
1 tbs Water


1. Mix Miso paste and water to make the seasoning
2. Place the pork mince and the chopped spring onion or salad onion in a bowl.
3. Add the seasoning to the bowl and knead very well by hand until the mixture becomes sticky.
4. Make 8 to 10 balls from the mixture.
5. Place the potato starch in a clean bowl, and then, coat the pork balls evenly.
6. Spread the Chinese Lettuce or Cabbage leaves in a steamer to prevent the balls from sticking to the base. When they become tender, place the pork balls and steam them for another 7 to 8 minutes.
7. Arrange them on a serving plate.

Knead thoroughly by hand until the mixture becomes sticky. This makes cooking easier and eliminates any odour.

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