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Particular Event Dumpling Recipe (Flower Shumai)

I named immediately’s shumai recipe Particular Event Dumpling. Though it makes use of virtually the identical elements as my Shumai recipe (shao mai) and is cooked in the identical approach, immediately’s dumpling seems like a flower with a wow issue. It’s not solely visually engaging but additionally scrumptious – an ideal crowd pleaser.

Hero shot of Special Occasion Dumpling (Flower Shumai).

The flavour is similar as regular shumai, however the texture is kind of totally different due to the way in which the fillings are wrapped.

As an alternative of wrapping shumai combination with a chunk of shumai sheet, I shredded shumai sheets, and coated a ball of shumai combination with them.

I name it Flower Shumai in English, however in Japan, it’s referred to as ‘kikka shūmai’ or ‘kikuka shūmai’ (菊花シュウマイ), which implies chrysanthemum flower shumai. It is because the strands of shumai sheet on the floor resemble the petals of a big Japanese chrysanthemum flower. The tiny yellow in the midst of the Flower Shumai is the disc florets.

Comparing Flower Shumai and a large Japanese chrysanthemum flower.

Flower Shumai (left) and a big Japanese chrysanthemum flower (proper).

It’d look extra difficult than the conventional shumai, however for my part it’s simpler to make Flower Shumai than the conventional shumai.

What’s in My Particular Event Dumpling Recipe (Flower Shumai)

I might have used the identical elements because the Shumai recipe, however I added prawns and shiitake mushrooms to the shumai combination to make it particular. You possibly can in fact make dumplings with out them.

Ingredients for Special Occasion Dumpling (Flower Shumai).

Shumai Combination

  • Pork mince
  • Raw prawns, minced
  • Very finely chopped onion
  • Rehydrated dried shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
  • Corn flour/cornstarch


  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Ginger juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil

Wrapping and adorning

  • Shumai sheets, minimize into 3mm/⅛” strips
  • Boiled egg yolk (not within the elements picture, however within the subsequent part)

A pack of Japanese shumai sheets and shredded skin.

There are totally different manufacturers of shumai pores and skin bought at Japanese/Asian grocery shops. You possibly can learn the part Shumai Sheets in my submit Shumai, which explains the traits of various shumai sheets with pattern pictures.

I used Japanese shumai sheets (above pictures), that are the thinnest and the smallest in dimension. The Flower Shumai within the submit pictures listed below are made with Japanese shumai sheets. However within the video and the Step-by-step picture, I used Shanghai wonton pores and skin. You would possibly discover a slight distinction within the thickness of the strands of shumai pores and skin.

Thinner shumai sheets provide you with a softer texture than the thicker ones if you chew right into a Flower Shumai.

top-down photo of Special Occasion Dumpling (Flower Shumai).

The way to Make Particular Event Dumpling (Flower Shumai)

The method of creating the meat combination and steaming the shumai dumplings is similar because the Shumai recipe. The one variations are the form of the dumpling and the wrapping. See the video.

Step-by-step photo of making Flower Shumai.

  1. Combine the Shumai Combination elements till the combination turns into sticky.
  2. Roll meat balls of about 3cm/1⅛” in diameter with the shumai combination.
  3. Coat every shumai ball with shumai sheet strips.
  4. Place the shumai balls in a steamer and steam for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Put a tiny quantity of boiled egg yolk on high of every shumai.

I used a 3.5cm/1⅜” cookie scoop to measure and drop all of the combination on a tray, then roll them (I learnt this from Nagi). A cookie scoop makes the meatballs constant in dimension and hurries up the method.

Taking a tiny quantity from the boiled egg yolk could be tough. So, I put the yolk by way of a sieve to make granular egg yolk. This made it simpler to pinch a small quantity. It’s supreme to make use of a sieve with bigger holes than the one used to sift flour.

Granular boiled egg yolk and the sieve used to make it.

Identical to regular shumai, Flower Shumai is served with soy sauce and mustard to dip in. However some individuals add vinegar and chilli oil as an alternative of mustard, identical to the way you eat Gyoza.

I can promise you that your visitors might be shocked to see the distinctive form and look of those dumplings. They may in all probability ask you what they’re and the way you made them. Then, they are going to be delighted to learn the way tasty your dumplings are.

I hope you strive Flower Shumai!

Special Occasion Dumpling (Flower Shumai), served in an individual plate.


Watch How To Make It

Hero shot of Special Occasion Dumpling (Flower Shumai).

Particular Event Dumpling Recipe (Flower Shumai)

Though it makes use of virtually the identical elements as regular shumai (shao mai) and is cooked in the identical approach, Particular Event Dumpling seems like a flower with a wow issue. It’s an ideal crowd pleaser. See the video.

Remember to see the part ‘MEAL IDEAS’ under the recipe card! It provides you a listing of dishes that I’ve already posted and this recipe that may make up an entire meal. I hope it’s of assist to you.

Recipe Kind:

Foremost, Aspect



Key phrase:

dumpling recipe, shao mai, shumai

Serves: 16 -20 items

Writer: Yumiko

Elements (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

Shumai Combination

  • 250g/8.8oz
    pork mince
    (floor pork)
  • 50g/1.8oz
    uncooked prawn
    finely chopped (notice 1)
  • 100g/3.5oz
    onion very finely chopped
  • 3
    dried shiitake mushrooms rehydrated and finely chopped
    (notice 2)

  • tbsp
    corn flour/cornstarch

Wrapping and Adorning

  • 30
    shumai sheets
    (notice 3)
  • Boiled egg yolk
    (lower than 1/2 yolk is required)


  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    ginger juice
    (by squeezing grated ginger)
  • 2
    soy sauce
  • 1
    sesame oil


Shumai Sheet Strips and Granular Boiled Yolk

  1. Place a pile of shumai sheets and minimize the pile into about 3mm/⅛” vast strips.

  2. Loosen up the strips of shumai sheets, separating every strand, and place them in a bowl or on a small tray.

  3. Make granular yolk by placing the boiled yolk by way of a sieve. Use a sieve that has bigger holes than the sieve used to sift flour. Granular egg yolk is fluffy and simpler to pinch to embellish the shumai (notice 5).

Making Flower Shumai

  1. Put all of the Shumai Combination, excluding onion and corn flour/cornstarch, in a bowl. Combine properly till the combination turns into sticky and virtually like a paste.

  2. Add onion and corn flour/cornstarch to the bowl and blend properly. Cowl and depart for 1-2 hours within the fridge to let the combination relaxation.

  3. Moist your palms with water. Scoop a few tablespoon of meat combination and make a ball round 3cm/1⅛” in diameter. Place the ball on a tray lined with baking paper (notice 6 for quick technique).

  4. Taking one meatball at a time, place a number of strands of shumai sheet across the meatball, gently urgent in order that the strips follow the meatball.

  5. Take away extra strips in order that the meatball is coated with not more than a few layers of the strips.

Steaming Flower Shumai

  1. I used bamboo steamers to steam the shumai dumplings, however there are different strategies of steaming them.

  2. Please seek advice from Shumai Recipe Card for 3 alternative ways of steaming shumai. Please observe the instruction for one of many steaming strategies.

  3. After steaming the dumplings, place a pinch of granular egg yolk on high of every flower shumai.


  1. If you’re utilizing a bamboo steamer, you could possibly serve shumai within the bamboo steamer. If utilizing a steamer pot/pan, switch the shumai onto a plate. If steamed on a plate utilizing a pot, serve the steaming plate with the shumai on.

  2. Serve with soy sauce and mustard.

Recipe Notes

1. Should you want, you may omit the prawns and enhance the amount of pork to 300g/10.6oz.

2. My shiitake mushrooms have been medium dimension. When rehydrated and water squeezed out, they weighed about 50g/1.8oz. In case your mushrooms weigh barely much less/extra, alter the amount of onion in order that the overall weight of onion and mushrooms turns into 150g/5.3oz.

3. I used Japanese shumai sheets, that are thinner than the Chinese language wonton pores and skin. The feel of the steamed shumai made with Japanese shumai pores and skin is softer than the one made with wonton sheets. Please see the pattern pictures of various shumai sheets within the part Shumai Sheets within the submit Shumai.

4. In Japan, shumai is usually served with soy sauce and Japanese karashi mustard. However some individuals eat it with soy sauce, vinegar, and chilli oil, identical to Gyoza.

5. As an alternative of creating fluffy boiled egg yolk, you may break the boiled egg yolk with a fork and use small bits should you want.

6 I used a 3.5cm/1⅜” cookie scoop to measure and drop all of the combination on a tray, then roll them. A cookie scoop makes the dimensions of the meatballs constant and hurries up the method.

7. Diet per piece. It assumes that the recipe makes 20 shumai items utilizing Japanese shumai sheets.

serving: 28g energy: 57kcal fats: 3.3g (4%) saturated fats: 1.1g (6%) trans fats: 0.0g polyunsaturated fats: 0.4g monounsaturated fats: 1.4g ldl cholesterol: 17mg (6%) sodium: 203mg (9%) carbohydrates: 3.4g (1%) dietary fibre: 0.3g (1%) sugar: 0.5g protein: 3.3g vitamin D: 0mcg (0%) calcium: 7mg (1%) iron: 0.3mg (2%) potassium: 68.5mg (1%)


Meal Concepts

A typical Japanese meal consists of a most important dish, a few aspect dishes, a soup and rice. I attempt to provide you with a mixture of dishes with a wide range of flavours, colors, textures and make-ahead dishes.

Flower Shumai generally is a most important dish in addition to a aspect dish relying on the variety of items you serve. In my family, shumai is rarely be the one most important dish, maybe as a result of it’s a uimpling. So, I made a decision to have a small quantity of shumai with a aspect dish that will also be a most important dish.

The flavour of Harusame Salad resembles the Chinese language flavour, which is ideal for shumai.

Meal idea with Special Occasion Dumpling (Flower Shumai).

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