Dim Sum for Everyone {Dumpling Recipe}

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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  1. Please fill in the form below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month.
  2. Get a copy of Dim Sum for Everyone using this link or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
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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.


Shrimp Filling:
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

Vegetarian Filling:
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

Directions: Shrimp

  1. Finely mince the onion and shrimp.
  2. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet.
  3. Add the onion and ginger to the skillet and sauté until the onions are soft.
  4. Remove from the heat.
  5. In a bowl, combine the onion mixture, mirin, salt and shrimp.
  6. Working with one wonton wrapper at a time, spoon 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into the center of each wrapper.
  7. 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.)
  8. Add water to a large skillet or steamer and bring to a boil.
  9. Line a steamer basket with slices of carrot.
  10. Arrange the dumplings on top of each carrot slice.  The carrot slice will prevent the dumpling from sticking to the steamer!
  11. 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.

Directions: Vegetarian

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.

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Special Announcement!

My Summer 2016 Kids Cook with Books Bonus Bundle is available!  It’s a super awesome bundle of extension activities for the June, July and August Kids Cook with Books series.  Not only are the original recipes included, but so are new recipe instructions with visual cues for pre-readers, kitchen science activities and more.  And here’s the kicker – until October 15, you can name your price on the bonus bundle!  So, head on over, and pay what you think it’s worth.  I can’t wait for you to use it with your kids!

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30 Responses to Dim Sum for Everyone {Dumpling Recipe}

  1. I am excited to read and cook the vegetarian dumplings with my kids in this month’s book club. Happy to join you!

  2. Rachel says:

    Yum! These look delicious!

  3. We love cooking and dumplings! Will definitely remember this book for when my baby is older. Thanks!

    • Thank you Sarah! Our reading and cooking club for kids is wonderful – such a great group of participants. It’s never too early to get the kids into the kitchen 🙂 xo M.

  4. Jodie says:

    Oh yum! I love this book and have never tried to make dumplings with the kids. We will have try this recipe.

  5. Beth Cheng says:

    oh we love dim sum. Thanks for the recipe, and we will have to try.

  6. Christina says:

    I have enjoyed dim sum at restaurants, but never tried making it at home. We may need to try the vegetarian recipe. It sounds yummy, and I love the tip about resting them on carrot slices so they don’t stick!

  7. Jen Walshaw says:

    I can not believe that I have never made Dim Sum. That has to change now!

  8. Colleen says:

    I am always looking for new recipes ideas! I will give this one a try!

    • Hi Colleen – wow – it’s an honor to have you visit 🙂 I LOVE your work doing OT with kids so much that you are the first person in my FB feed every day! Cooking with kids is a great way to do some modified OT too – lots of sensory and tactile stimulation!! I hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks again for visiting! xoxo Michelle

  9. oh yum, these look tasty. thanks for the recipe.

  10. Yum! What a fun way to combine cooking and reading with kids! I appreciate the vegetarian-friendly dumpling recipe — perfect for our vegetarian family. 🙂

    • Oh, Jessica – that’s so great to hear. I try to use vegetarian recipes most of the time – it is easier for everyone (and better for the planet too!)… I hope you enjoy it!! xo M.

  11. Jacquie says:

    Wonderful idea to pair cooking with kids books! We’ve tried some of the recipes in the back of the book (Cranberry Thanksgiving is one of our faves) but haven’t made dumplings yet so will need to try it this winter.

  12. Stef says:

    I have to confess I never tried dim sum but I love book based activities so I have to give it a try.

  13. Renae Eddy says:

    We’ve never had Dim Sum but it sounds absolutely delicious. After reading this we’re definitely going to try it!

  14. Nessa says:

    This is a fun idea. I plan on cooking more with my daughters and it would be fun to have cooking related books as part of the activity.

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