Dim Sum might just be my perfect food. It is made from fresh ingredients, typically loaded with a variety of fresh vegetables…and best of all, it can often be eaten with my fingers! I find it very appealing to eat at a restaurant where I can peek at the foods as they travel past our table on a cart, and choose the ones that I’d like to try. Dim Sum has several translations, one of which is “touches the heart” because customers choose whichever dishes their hearts desire.
In this story, Dim Sum for Everyone, a girl and her family go out to eat at a dim sum restaurant. Before you know it, their table is filled with empty little dishes, and their hearts and bellies are full.
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Featured Recipe for Dim Sum for Everyone
Steamed Shrimp or Vegetarian Dumplings
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These steamed dumplings are a perfect finger food. For this recipe, many hands make light work – so be sure to call your young chefs into the kitchen to help you! There are two different filling suggestions here, one with shrimp and one that is vegetarian, so you can choose whichever one suits your family.
½ of an onion, minced finely
¾ pound cooked shrimp
1 Tbs. Grated peeled fresh ginger
1 Tbs. Mirin (sweet rice wine)
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp canola oil
1 package wonton wrappers
slices of carrot to place under each dumpling during cooking
1 ½ teaspoons chopped ginger
2 cloves garlic
½ pound asparagus or shredded cabbage
8 ounces water chestnuts
8 ounces mushrooms
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 ½ soy sauce
¼ cup green onions
- Finely mince the onion and shrimp.
- Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet.
- Add the onion and ginger to the skillet and sauté until the onions are soft.
- Remove from the heat.
- In a bowl, combine the onion mixture, mirin, salt and shrimp.
- Working with one wonton wrapper at a time, spoon 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into the center of each wrapper.
- Moisten the edges of the wrapper with water, and seal the edges together. (I like to put some water in a bowl, dip my fingertip into the water, and then rub it along the edge of the wrapper.)
- Add water to a large skillet or steamer and bring to a boil.
- Line a steamer basket with slices of carrot.
- Arrange the dumplings on top of each carrot slice. The carrot slice will prevent the dumpling from sticking to the steamer!
- Place one dumpling on each slice of carrot, put the steamer basked into your pan and put on the lid. Steam for 2-4 minutes or until done. Repeat, as needed.
Place all of the ingredients into a food processor. Finely mince the ingredients, mixing in the liquids afterwards. Follow the remaining instructions.
Extension Activities for Kids Cook with Books:
- If you keep paper plates in the house, encourage your kids to draw one dim sum food on each plate. Then, set out the plates, and pretend you are at a dim sum restaurant picking out new dishes to taste!
- Print out Grace Lin’s Dim Sum for Everyone coloring page.
2016 Kids Cook with Books Schedule:
- June: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
- July: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood
- August: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, by David Larochelle
- September: Chaat and Sweets, by Amy Wilson Sanger
- October: Dim Sum for Everyone, by Grace Lin
- November: The Night before Thanksgiving, Natasha Wing OR ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey
- December: Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto
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