Chicken Meatball Dim Sum

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Egg White Pancakes:

4 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon wheat starch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/16 teaspoon white pepper

Vegetable oil

Chicken Meatball:

1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped fine

6 (31 to 35 shrimp per pound size) shrimp, peeled, chopped fine

4 pieces black mushroom, chopped fine

1 ounce back fat, chopped fine

1/3 piece scallions, chopped fine

2 pieces cilantro, minced

8 pieces water chestnut, chopped fine

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

1 to 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce

Cilantro sprigs

Egg white sauce:

1/2 cup chicken broth or water

1 egg white

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Pinch salt

Virginia ham slice, dried and ground into a powder or crumbled hard boiled egg yolk mixed with kosher salt, for decoration


  1. To make egg white pancakes: Lightly beat egg whites with wheat starch, salt, and pepper until well combined. Heat a nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add some oil and heat. Pour 2 teaspoons of the mixture into the pan, spreading it out into a shape of a circle, while making sure it is as thin as a piece of paper. Repeat with all of the batter.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, fat, scallions, cilantro, water chestnut, white pepper, salt, sesame oil, and oyster sauce. Pulse until all the ingredients are chopped. Remove the leaves from several cilantro sprigs. Blanch sprigs in boiling water for 15 to 30 seconds to soften enough to be able to tie into a knot.
  3. To make dim sum: Lay out an egg white pancake. Add some of the chicken meatball filling. Fold the pancake around the filling and tie the opening with the softened cilantro. Trim the top of the dumpling. Put the dumplings into a steamer, and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Egg white sauce: heat the water and add the egg white, stirring vigorously, add 1 tablespoon flour and season with salt.
  5. Garnish the dumplings with ground dried Virginia ham or crumbled hard-boiled egg yolk mixed with kosher salt and some egg white sauce.