Seafood and bone marrow dumplings recipe (xiao long bao)
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Makes 30
Xiao long bao is usually filled with pork and aspic (meat stock set to jelly). When it cooks, the aspic melts, forming a ‘soup’ within the dumpling. Here, the soup comes from the melted bone marrow.
Ingredients1 tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil
½ bunch Chinese water spinach (ong choy)*, washed, trimmed, cut into 8cm lengths
2 small garlic cloves, finely chopped
100g each scallops and prawns, cut into 1cm pieces
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 tsp finely grated ginger
2 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped
2 tbsp unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped
½ tsp sesame oil
2 tsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese rice wine (shaoxing)*
70g beef bone marrow*
1 egg white
30 round gow gee wrappers
Black vinegar dipping sauce
60ml (¼ cup) Chinese black vinegar (chinkiang)*
1½ tbsp soy sauce
1 red bird’s-eye chilli, thinly sliced
1 star anise
½ tsp sesame oil
Chopped coriander and ginger, to serve
PreparationHeat oil in a pan over medium–high heat. Cook spinach and garlic for 1 minute or until wilted. Drain and remove liquid, then cool.
Place remaining ingredients, except bone marrow, egg white and wrappers, in a bowl and stir well to combine. Season with ground white pepper. Gently mix in bone marrow, taking care not to break it up too much. Place 2 tsp filling in the centre of each wrapper. Lightly brush edge of wrapper with egg white, then pleat edge, twist and press to seal.
Line a steamer basket with baking paper. Pierce a few holes in paper to allow steam through, then spray lightly with oil. Working in batches, place dumplings in steamer, set steamer over a pan of simmering water, then cover and cook for 12 minutes or until dumplings are heated through.
To make sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Serve dumplings with sauce.
* Ong choy is available from selected greengrocers and Asian food shops.
* Chinese rice wine is available from Asian food shops; substitute dry sherry.
* Some butchers will extract the marrow for you. Otherwise, buy 2 large beef marrow bones and remove marrow using a chopstick.
* Chinkiang is from Asian food shops.
Photography by Janyon & Anson Smart.
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